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Friday, January 23, 2015

The Makeover Begins-I Need Your Input

The family room and living room are going to get a makeover with new floors that I have been talking about forever, but part of the problem is I still can't decided what I am going to do.  

For now the drapes are down and the room is going to get new paint.

 The wood blinds are going and they are being replaced with roman shades like you see on the small window on the left.  This picture also shows how the kitchen, breakfast area and familyroom area relate to each other and are all one space.

 My problem that I can't come to grips with is the tile that you see.  Yes, it is really easy to clean and I really do like it, it is beautiful tile.  The problem is it also really chops up the flow from the living room through to the familyroom.  I keep wondering if it will look really weird to have hardwood in the livingroom, then tile, then hardwood in the familyroom area.  Since the carpet is a light color, it isn't so obvious, but a darker hardwood will make the transition more obvious I think.


 See, this is how it looks from the living room, looking into the kitchen/family areas.  I thought about just removing the tile in the breakfast area, leaving it in the kitchen and having one continuous floor in hardwood all the way through. My problem is the LR wall on the left and then the wall where the basket is - they don't line up, so no way to just cut things off in a nice simple straight line for the kitchen.  Yes, I know I can have all the tile removed and do the kitchen in hardwood too, but I would really rather have the tile in the kitchen.  It is so easy to take care of and it really is pretty.

The tile in the kitchen also continues into the hallway, bathroom and laundry room.  The only other carpet in the house are the three bedrooms.

 There is one place that I could cut off the tile and that is the line you see here.  Only problem is then the bar stools are half on tile and half on hardwood.

Ok, maybe I am overthinking this.  I just think since you can see through from the front to the back of the house it would look better to have one continuous flooring.  I am definitely replacing the carpet in the living room with hardwood and definitely doing the family room in hardwood, just do I remove the tile and also put hardwood in the breakfast area? The second reason to eleminate the tile in the breakfast area is so I can gain more space in the family room.  The breakfast area is much larger than it needs to be for the table and chairs and I could really use that space to spread out the furniture more in the family room.

Ok, give me input ladies.  I need to make a decision.

   
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57 comments:

  1. I don't think adding a beautiful wooden floor to the sitting area would be a major distraction, but I would go with a wood shade similar to the tile, maybe a maple. This way the transition is not "in your face". Just my two cents. I think you have great taste whatever you pick will look gorgeous.

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  2. Oh wow, Marty, I can see your dilemma with the LR wall being where it is, but I don't think I'd draw the line for tile/wood to where the stools are half on each. Given that your carpet had been at the angle it is in the Family Room, could you do something similar with a wood replacement, angling from the LR left side opening, just enough to achieve a straight line of wood flooring flush with the ammo basket wall? I think that might look good, tile on left, wood on right, and you can decide whether you want wood in the LR. Our floors are wood from the front entry straight back to the kitchen, and I love them. I like my tile in the kitchen too, so I can see where you want to keep it and not go with wood in there.

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    1. Wood is definitley going in the living room and family room. Just trying to decide if I should also put wood in the breakfast area.

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  3. In a heartbeat I would do all wood! You won't believe how much larger the space will look with all the same flooring. Ours was so chopped up when we built the house. We had white linoleum in the kitchen, hardwood in the foyer and carpet in the dining room, living room and great room. The house grew when we had it all replaced with hardwood except for the master bedroom.

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  4. Hardwood throughout the house would be my choice. Enjoy.

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  5. i agree with kim from savvy southern style. the wood floors now are so easy to take care of. i don't think you will miss your tile floor. love your blog.

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  6. I vote for all wood or a continuation of one material throughout your open room. If you really like the tile, maybe tile throughout the family room and table area.

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  7. Marty,
    What if you added a row of tiles to where you were thinking of cutting it off and cut the tile by the living room out at an angle? Then your stools could be on tile but the opening to the living room wouldn't look weird? Just a thought. :)
    Can't wait to see the transformation!

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  8. All wood....take up the tile in the kitchen. Hardwood is really easy to keep clean as well....

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  9. We have hardwood in our kitchen and hallways,we love it. When we can, we will put hardwood in all the areas that have carpet, except for the bedroom.

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  10. I don't think wood will look bad where your carpet is - I would not remove the tile because of the angles! If you go with light wood, it won't be a stark change and the angles will be softer. Anxious to see the change!

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  11. Marty we have hardwood throughout and I don't feel its any harder to care for than tile we have had in previous homes. Then there is no line. I think you will love the continuity and like Kim said, it will make the space look larger. When we do this for our flip homes it amazes me what a difference it makes. Can't wait to see it all done.

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  12. Marty...all wood is the way I would go too! I agree with Kim...it will make your entire home feel larger. Right now the break in the carpet and tile stops the eye. Keeping the same flooring will make the rooms all flow together. I also agree with the first comment...you have great taste and whayever you decide I am sure will look gorgeous!
    XO Barbara

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  13. Your home is beautiful and I think go all hardwood. When we bought our home we replaced all the tile--it was EVERYWHERE--with hardwood. Family rm, kitchen, dining area, all halls. We love it. It looks beautiful, cleans up well and the house flows so well now. And upgrading to hardwood will pay off in the future should you ever want to sell...

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  14. Definitely all hardwoods - would eliminate the present obvious division of different rooms. I do believe you would see a big difference in the flow of your house. Also, there are so many beautiful area rugs out there to differentiate your spaces if needed. - I have all the same rugs in red, 9' square, 9' round and 6' square in our living area, which is one large room and this is all on natural color hardwoods. Love it and so much easier to maintain. JC

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  15. Marty, I did something similar in my home, and the best advisor I had was the guy from the flooring company who came out to measure. He had a lot of layout ideas I hadn't thought of for my new wood floors. Whether wood or tile, I'm sure it will be beautiful.

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  16. What a dilemma - I have lots of friends who have continued their wood through to the kitchen and love it. I would use hardwood throughout.

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  17. I agree with most of the posts--that all wood is the way to go--mostly because it will enlarge the space tremendously and give it a more unified look, not to mention it would add to the resale value of your home. I'm like you, however, in that sometimes I tend to overthink my decorating decisions, especially when it comes to long-term commitments and not-to-sneeze-at costs. So, here's my suggestion: Why not invest in one of those computer programs that allows you to upload your rooms and 'try on' different looks? Sure it adds to the budget but it's not like you'd use it once and never use it again, right?

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  18. I vote for all wood. I've had tile in one kitchen and wood floors in two homes--soon to be three--and hand's down, I prefer wood. I like the continuity and how it visually enlarges the space. But if you really want to keep the tile (and it is love and practical), I'd put brightly colored tape on the floor and try out various configurations.

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  19. Hi Marty and I'm so thrilled for you! What fun to get new blinds and new flooring. Well, I'd say all wood floors too! I have part wood and part tile (not as pretty and nice at all like yours) in my kitchen. The only tiled place is in front of the sink and cooktop and I hate it! The rest is wood and I would love to have it all over. This is my first time to have wood floors and I'm really loving it. I know what ever you decide will turn out gorgeously like everything else you to.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  20. I had wood in my last kitchen and was always concerned about it getting damaged from water so my vote is for cutting off the tile like you suggest, but I would extend it out one more tile (so the tile would end just about where the basket does against the wall). I don't think it will be too distracting from the living room view. The bar stools would rest on just one type of flooring then and you could get more space for your family room from the eating area. What a beautiful home you have! This will be an exciting project to follow along! Xoxo~Carrie

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  21. The wood or wood tile needs to look nice with the wood cabinets. I've been in a lot of the newer homes in Arizona, and I would choose one product for all the open areas you see. You could always have an insert for the entry to break it up, if you think it is too much wood. Another option is to put the wood where the tile is and have them rearrange the layout of the wall to wall carpet. It's a difficult decision! xoox

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  22. Marty I would stick to hardwood through out the house. I think it makes the area look bigger than what it is, if stick to the same type flooring.

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  23. I think you should do the hardwood in the breakfast area too, Marty! Go for a nice, bright hardwood in the semi glossy finish for all the space, and it will look great with your tiles in the kitchen.
    Go to this link: http://www.thehomelifemag.com/make-your-home-standout
    and look at the firs pic, I think something like this will be great for your home.
    Hugs,
    Vesna

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  24. Long time retired Realtor here, and a cohesive look is the preferred one for resale. Even if you are not moving soon, use one flooring material throughout if the rooms are not defined. With the flow of your rooms you will be very glad you went to all hardwood, then use a large gorgeous area rug in the Living Room. Treated hardwood should wear as well as tile and will not break.

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  25. what great pictures and inspirations !!! love greetings from angie from Germany

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  26. Licensed realtor here too...and all wood will be best. But, short of that, can you take the wood up to the base of the bar and head out in a straight line. Yes...it will end in a slightly odd spot, but consider the other lines. Good luck.
    Sheila@mykentuckyliving

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    1. Also could go all tile. All of one flooring looks cohesive.

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  27. If the tile is still available I would go with tileall the way through. Then you can always change out the area rugs to give a new look. Good luck!

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  28. One option might be to extend the hardwood just slightly into the kitchen area so that the bar stools would be on the hardwood. You may have a strip of hardwood but up to the cabinets before the tile starts but I think that's okay. I'm pretty sure the tile could be cut so that the hardwood would stop just inside your kitchen. This way you would have a continuous line of hardwood from your living room all the way through the family room. Good luck, Marty, I know it's a hard decision but whatever you do will look great!

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  29. I would do hardwood throughout. When we replaced our flooring I was hesitant to remove the tile in the kitchen. I'm soooo glad I did! The wood is just as easy to clean and it's so much softer and warmer underfoot! It makes a huge difference if you stand a lot while cooking and baking!

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  30. I would do a nice complimentary light wood. My SIL had to have her floor refinished twice, once when the dishwasher broke, it warped the wood. I love the cohesive look of all wood, but cleaning ability not so much.
    Also what I did not see anyone mention is how dark wood shows every piece of dirt. It is a cleaning nightmare.
    Take your time, your home is beautiful and you will come up with the right design for your home.

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  31. I would TOTALLY do ALL hardwood. It will look so much better and flow better. I had hardwood in the kitchen in my last house and LOVED it. SO easy to care for.

    Ramona Burlington ON Canada

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  32. Go with wood throughout including kitchen. I did all wood and had no problem in the kichen.....in fact wood is easier standing on for hours. Visually it made my rooms appear larger and was a good selling point last summer. And keep in mind real dark colors show all the crumbs and dust that gathers in the corners. I'm going with all wood in the new house, except baths and laundry room.

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  33. Go with all wood. It is so easy to keep clean. We have wood from the front door through and into the great room and kitchen. It makes everything look so much bigger. I use Bona wood cleaner and it is a snap. Good luck with your decision.

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  34. Why not just do that new tile that looks like hardwood. Seriously, it's gorgeous, easy to take care of and very much in style right now. Make sure you hire someone reputable to do it who can smooth your floors if necessary before laying it (this will ensure you never get a tile that makes that clicky/tinny sound).

    If you go with the wood look tile, make sure you lay it the length of your house. This will make everything seem longer and your windows will look bigger :)

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  35. I agree the wood would look great including the dining area. I would have a professional installer come over to explain how they can transition the tile to the wood area and perhaps your concerns would be reduced. It would great if you could go all the way through with wood into the kitchen but it would add a chunk to the bill.

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  36. Continuity and re-sale are both big considerations, so I would opt with all wood, easy care, and something that can be guaranteed to last for a long time. Area rugs bring all kind of color, texture and personality to a room, and you would have so much fun with them. I really don't believe that after all the wood is in, you would be sorry. So much to consider and think about! Have fun, Marty. I believe in you. But I definately would get rid of anything that "chop's up an area. Looking forward to the results!

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  37. I'm not reading earlier ideas. In second picture. Is this right? Could you angle the wood to tile line from living room to family room wall edge to edge straight? It gives room for the barstools and if I'm looking right that's going to be wood all the way through both rooms and to the right. Do you have a tarp?? Brown burlap? Cardboard? That you could lay down on that angle and entry and stand where you took the shot and see if it bothers you to have wood at an angle??? You are right. Why tear out the tile you love. Edit. It's the fourth photo down I looked at. There also is a vinyl plank that seriously looks JUST like wood. My friend got it. Warmer than tile. Easy easy care. I kept carpet in my bedrooms but love my laminate everywhere else. I just think the vinyl would be a great product too. Good luck!!! But do consider laminate which is wood over "wood". The wood often shows everything and all dings and scratch. Laminate is much stronger. You'll br so happy no matter what!!!

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  38. Such a hard decision when you love your existing tile...I have hardwood throughout my home with the exception of the bedrooms and bathrooms....Having wood floors in the kitchen has not brought any problems and I feel that adding the hardwood in the kitchen would give you a consistent look and actually make the rooms feel larger...I know you will make the right decision for you!
    Have a great weekend Marty!

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  39. Marty, you sound like me. I have been having similar hardwood/tile dilemmas in my house too! I just posted today how I decided to do hardwood everywhere...I hope I don't regret it in the kitchen. I know what you mean about the tile being easy to take care of but as I am reading all of the comments above, I am feeling pretty comfortable with my decision. There are definitely pluses and minuses to all the options. I know your house will be beautiful no matter what you choose. Good luck with your decision!
    Shelley

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  40. Because I like continuity, I would go with all wood.

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  41. I would go with the wood in the breakfast area, Marty, especially since you say you would like to use some of it for the family room.

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  42. When we moved to our new to us house last year, I had the place gutted and I am sooooo glad I put the hand scraped hardwood solid wood floors in. We have them in the great room, dining, kitchen, pantry, and hallway. I wish I had put them in the master bedroom and in fact I will do that a little later. These floors are so easy to take care of and beautiful. Everyone who comes to our house just loves them and I couldn't be happier with my choice. It's all an open area and the floors flow and look so good. I would go with all wood too.

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  43. Whatever you decide will be gorgeous, Marty! I "will" say that we have hardwood in our kitchen/breakfast area in our new house (along with the rest of the main floor) and we LOVE it! It flows ... makes the space look larger ... and, well, it's just beautiful! Wood would look incredible throughout your kitchen/breakfast area, too!

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  44. I am certainly no decorator, but I would prefer one continuous flooring throughout, thereby eliminating the tile altogether. I'm just not sure there is any way for you to have a clean "cut off" with the tile in the kitchen. The tile is beautiful though and I can see where you would want to keep it. I would definitely NOT have the bar stools half on and half off the tile. I am about to replace the flooring in our downstairs. We are thinking of using a product called Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP)....it's not like the vinyl you normally think about. Looks like wood or laminate but is much more durable and a little less expensive; many patterns; also easy to clean. (I use a steam mop for my wooden floors.) I have had different flooring in different rooms and I'm so ready for just a continuous flow. You have such awesome taste...I'm sure you will make the right decision.

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  45. from your pictures flow is what your aiming at. The lv.rm, dn. rm, hallway could be hardwood floors. You can put rugs under the eating table and put a coffee table on top of a rug. It would add color & texture . The kitchen, if you like the tiles then I would leave them and where the wall is with the wicker basket leaning draw a straight line from there ______ to the hallway and stop . Rest of the tiles would be removed to add the hardwood floors and on down the hallway. If you feel the hardwood floors might be too much care/ the laminate hardwood flooring has changed in looks over the yr. Just pinterest, web search, cut out pictures and see how things look. Rugs, pillows, throws will add a new look and a new color; might try that first and see how that gives each room a new look. Your going to do just fine with what ever choices you choose. Have fun!

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  46. Hi, Marty. What a fun challenge you have on your hands! We had wood floors installed in a former home when our children (4 boys!!) were 10 and under, and they even rollerbladed on that floor! It was solid hardwood and it was wonderful. I'd wax it every two months or so and when we sold the house 12 years later it still looked great. So yes, wood would be my first choice. Since you like the tile in the kitchen, would it work to do the wood to "wrap" around the "wall" part of the island (in front of the stools) and keep the tile from the island cabinet base back into the kitchen? That way the view from the living room is all wood, the stools aren't half on/half off, and you keep your tile in the work area in the kitchen. Just another idea...:) ~Zuni

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  47. Oh Marty! Such a blessing to be able to do this but it seems there are always challenges. The only way for it to really be seamless and flow well is to do all hardwoods. I have it in my kitchen and love it. Otherwise you may have to go from one wall edge to another. (emailing you a pic)
    So exciting, can't wait to see it in the end!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  48. You must be so excited Marty!! I say hardwood throughout...you'll be so happy you did! It makes your home feel so much larger and open...we love having hardwood throughout! If you decide on a pre-finished hardwood like we did it's finish is much more durable! Can't wait to see your progress!

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  49. If its in the budget to do all hardwood thats the way to go in atone that is warm but not gold in nature, there are also great wood tile options these days too if you are worried about wear and tear. Also make sure it is a hardwood - white oak stains well and is so durable.
    K

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  50. Marty,
    I think wood through out would be really gorgeous and will give you that continuity you want with the room flow. If you can swing it I would do everything in wood. I have wood through out my home and love the flow it gives. I like the warm feeling to my kitchen with wood instead of tile too. Just my 2 cents. I know whatever you do it will be gorgeous.
    Kris

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  51. Marty..I think you have enough input to last you a lifetime. I put wood clear through in my last home and it looked gorgeous. Yu can always put down area rugs both in the living room and dining room. GO FOR THE WOOD! Then you can change your decor to any color you want with a switch of rugs! How I wish I could have done it in this house but the family room was not level with the rest of the house and to change that was MAJOR! Do the WOOD!!! You will adore it!

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  52. All wood or all tile throughout. If you live in Arizona and people carry in a lot of grit and sand on their shoes then all tile. But one material throughout.

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