There has been some discussion around here lately about our flooring.
Interesting stuff, I know.
See, our kitchen needs some help. It is a little odd, being that it is U-shaped, and needs one arm of the U broken off so that it opens it up more to the rest of the house (which already has an open floor plan, so it all would just make sense).
But even though we agree on the remodel, one aspect that my husband and I have differing opinions on is the floor.
Currently the wood floor in the kitchen changes to carpeting when it enters the open room that serves as our living room and dining room. So if we open up and extend the kitchen a little bit, what happens to the floor?
My husband thinks we should leave it as is, while I think we should extend the wood throughout the rest of our first floor. Sure, we won't have the softness and the warmth of the carpeting, but hardwood is just so... nice.
And it's not like there is a shortage of ways to cover it, right? It takes only moments online to find anything from a seagrass rug to a bamboo rug that would give style and be green as well as provide a way to cover the chill of the hardwood. We could put something larger and more plush in the girls' playroom while they're still young but then get to enjoy the benefits of the wood later on... couldn't we?
I think that we should make the change at the same time that we have the kitchen remodeled but my husband wants to hold out and wait until some future home project... if ever. At the moment we haven't made the final decision (because we're procrastinators), but it will have to happen at some point and I'm not sure how strongly I should push for hardwood or not. Do the pros outweigh the cons?
What do you think? Do you have hardwood floors? Are they child-friendly or not?