Woah, two posts in a matter of two weeks?! Who am I?
I discovered some new IG friends who are also going through renovations so I had so much fun going through your profiles and relating! Tons of you followed along over the weekend on Snapchat (hi!!) and I had a few questions about the vanities we chose. I will definitely answer those in a blogpost because there is much to talk about in that realm. Today I’m going to talk through our flooring choice and what ultimately led us to our decision.
BEFORE: ps if you’re on a mobile device, sorry it’s sideways. haha I can’t figure that out right now.
CURRENTLY (not done of course!):
We chose a click-lock Luxury Vinyl Plank (often referred to as LVT – luxury vinyl tile I guess?) by Mohawk. Have you ever heard of this type of floor? Chances are you haven’t, unless you’re in the market currently. Vinyl used to be common in areas like mudrooms and kitchens, but the new range of vinyl plank is nothing like it’s former self. It is a fairly new thing to implement in homes nowadays and isn’t super popular like hardwood or laminate. Vinyl planks are scratch proof and easier to install, much like laminate flooring, but they are waterproof as well.
This home was built in 1979, so not ancient by any means… but it had been vacant for over a year and I don’t think much had ever been truly renovated ever since it was built. Other than the shag tie dye carpet in the porcelain doll room… the seller was VERY adamant that the floor in there “was hardly ever walked on, so it was practically new!”…. yes… also yes I did say porcelain doll room………
The floors were mostly carpet (even in the master bath OMG) and linoleum, were very stained, and we just decided we’d rather do all 2400 square feet of this home NOW rather than wait. So a few things came into play for us:
- Budget, of course. No explanation required.
- Dogs + kids. We don’t have human children (yet), but we do have two fur babies and they’re kinda big and definitely messy! We also don’t want to freak out over shoes or cleats or whatever else with kids someday! It was never even an option to go with hardwoods for the sole reason of scratches and maintenance.
- Water + moisture. We wanted the same flooring in the kitchen as the open space around it, so moisture resistance was a huge thing for us. We originally began looking for moisture resistant laminate.
We didn’t even know much about, nor consider LVT until we went into a flooring show room and the salesman walked us over each type of floor. What sparked our interest was how QUIET LVT was, compared to laminate! Then we did our own research and learned so many positive things about this floor: the ease of installation, waterproofing, it is a floating floor, how quiet it was, and so on. Our LVT has texture and warmth and feels decently like hardwood, too! However, just because they aren’t hardwood, doesn’t mean these floors were cheap by any means! Prices for LVT ranged from high-end at $9/sq ft (to which we promptly laughed and walked away) to super cheap at less than $1/sq ft, depending on whether you chose a click locking floor (usually higher priced) or an adhesive.
We were able to get a great deal through my husband’s work (he works for Sherwin Williams, so convenient hehe) which is actually commercial grade, and the rest was history. I felt like some of this information might be helpful to others when considering kid + pet friendly flooring!
My husband and I went with a medium greige-ish color called “Dovetail Oak”. I heart oak patterns in floors as they’re a tiny bit rustic, but timeless enough that we’ll still like them in 10 years, hopefully! Our trim is a light grey and the majority of our walls are a classic white shade (more to come in regards to design choices) so this medium color tied in sandy colors plus grey tones.
Below are all of the tools we need to install. It is super simple as you can score and break pieces to shorten them. The longest part to installation is prepping the subfloor as we have to remove all tack strips from the carpet, hammer down or remove all of the carpet pad staples, and incessantly sweep to ensure a flat and clean surface.
- Underlayment. LVT does not always require an underlayment, but we wanted it to be comfortable and we’re so sensitive to moisture problems (from our previous home) that we definitely wanted a moisture barrier. It’s cheap, just do it!
- All the usual suspects. Tape measure + hammer + L thing (it has a name, I don’t know it ha), triangle thing used to hammer each piece in snugly, and a knife for scoring
Let me know if you have any questions at all! xo