Home renovations can be a pain in the butt. After our kitchen I was not looking forward to doing anything else so this was one 'honey do' I did not bug Mj about. When he told me he scheduled the installation I can't say I was thrilled. It's so much work. I hate the dirt. I hate having to move everything and how anxious I feel when my house is a total disaster. I know I'm totally whining and I hate myself for it but I got over it and we got our hardwoods put in last week. If you looked at our upstairs you'd think we were hoarders because we had to put most of our furniture up there. Poor Mj had to listen to my incessant whining while we moved everything upstairs and out to the garage but we both survived. It took them two days and then on Thursday we cleaned and put everything in order. It was so good to have our house back!!
We did the entire downstairs with a hand scraped engineered hardwood from the Reward Grenada Collection in Birch Retreat. It's already distressed so when the inevitable nicks and dings start to turn up they won't be as noticeable. We went with engineered because it's cheaper and we have a concrete sub floor. It's a good option because they can still be refinished. Our cheapo baseboards were replaced with really pretty five inch crown molding. I didn't even know we were getting those. Since they had to pull up the toilet anyways we bought a new one for the 1/2 bath. Without the sound absorbing carpet it sounds really hollow like we we're in a cave or a bathroom but I don't notice it as much any more.
It's not that I don't like hardwoods but I can't say I was 100% enthusiastic about getting them. Mj definitely wanted this more then me. I love the look but to me carpets are more practical and easier to maintain. I've grown very attached to our carpet. We upgraded on it when we bought the house. It looks nice and I like the color. I like the feel of soft carpet under my feet and sometimes I like to sprawl out on the floor. We don't have pets or kids and we don't wear shoes in the house so it wasn't that hard for us to keep them clean. After two years it's still in good condition so it was weird to watch them tear up perfectly good carpet. We like dark wood so that's what we got even though we knew that every speck of dust and dirt would show up. I kind of feel like I just made more work for myself. We still have my precious carpet upstairs so I can get my carpet fix sitting my butt on the floor up there. We're searching for an area rug too so that should help.
So we finally have those coveted hardwood floors. Mj just loooves it. As hard as it is he did lay on it "'just to see what it felt like." I know technically, hardwoods are cleaner because unlike carpet you truly can clean them whereas carpet absorbs. And it does look really good. I mean, it's kinda hard not to like. They're beautiful. The more I see it and get used to feeling it under my feet the more it's starting to grow on me.