Yes, I have always said I hate laminate flooring. I had it in my previous home upstairs in the bedrooms. It was a light beech and terrible for always looking dirty as well as sounding awful when you walked on it. When I was told by my doctor this month that I have an allergy to dust mite and need to get the carpeting upstairs replaced, we had choices. We could take up the carpet and use the even more awful yellow vinyl floor already down which is exactly what was on the floor in the rehabilitation center physical therapy room where I spent four years working on my bad back and condition for fibromyalgia. Not an option!
We could have new vinyl flooring laid in a nicer pattern but Jos hates vinyl flooring so ... not an option.
We could invest money in a real wood floor ... not an option.
We could go pick out laminate flooring and have it laid quickly by a man that is going to come in just over a week. Now I first said no but everyone says laminate is not like it used to be. I have same floor as our previous home in Cranberry Cottage. It is still for sale and extremely cheap to buy but not very nice. We went off to the DIY market yesterday and were surprised at how much choice there is now in laminate. The man that is laying the floor gave us lots of good advice on choosing the floor.
Nowadays, they even make the laminate with V groves so it looks so much like a real wood floor. But I have to have something we can clean well and keep as dust free as possible so we choose a smooth French antique gray oak floor. Sorry for the glare on the photo. I took it through the plastic packaging. We like how this floor seemed to come to life as there are many tones in the floor and had a matte finish. We wanted to keep the upstairs light too. I am anxious to see how this will look. It is a little frightening after always not wanting a laminate floor.
The dust mite allergy is what caused my chronic airways infection. I am now using asthma medication which is helping wonderfully. At the moment, I am busy working on special giveaway gifts in my quilt studio which is really hard on my breathing. I will not only be getting rid of the carpet but must also reduce my fabric stash in the studio.
So once again, my house will be in total disorder for the coming two weeks. It seems we only just got the repair work completed from the leak and now my downstairs will be full again with things we have to bring down from up. Yikes! I am not looking forward to this. I think I can feel a decluttering bug coming on!