hardwood floors.

Monday, September 28, 2015

We're at the point in construction where we can see the finish line.  S1 and I are so anxious to just have a house already!  We've spent the past few days deciding on paint colors (still haven't decided though), and the drywall is up and primed, and now… the floors are in.

I don't think I will ever tire of looking at our foyer. *heart eyes emoji*

We chose red oak common #2 flooring for a lot of reasons.

1. We like the color variation.
2. It's what we had in our last house and we really enjoyed it there.
3. It's what was quoted by our builder so, since we liked it anyway, it was an easy decision to stay on budget.

Have I shared a photo of the dining room?  I can't remember.  In any case, here it is below:

It's the big opening to the right of the foyer above and it walks through to the butler's pantry (below) and the kitchen.

The butler's pantry will have 2 lower cabinets, 2 drawers, and an under-counter glass-front drink fridge (so excited about that!).  No upper cabinets, but 2 gorgeous pendant lights!  Expect a post on lighting later this week.  I think I've mentioned that I was the MOST excited about picking out lighting and it proved to be SO FUN but also stressful because who knew that bathroom vanity lights were all so hideous or so expensive?  There are almost no good-looking low- to mid-price range vanity lights - trust me, I've looked.

And of course, the living room.

We haven't decided on a stain color yet although we've narrowed it down to 3 or 4 different colors.  The hardwood flooring guy is staining samples for us so we can make a final decision.  We're going light.  Does that shock you?  S1 just wants to throw a coat of poly on and call it a day, but I'm not so sure I want them that light.  After living with dark (albeit tile) floors in our last house, I just know myself enough to know that keeping dark hardwood floors clean would drive me insane.  You can see all the dust as soon as it falls!  That's just not for me, no matter how great they look.

What do you think? Are dark hardwoods high maintenance? Do tell.

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