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Old 05-05-2008, 11:30 AM   #11
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We had a really big discussion on the choices of floor coverings these days... so many people are putting hard wood floors in their kitchens. and you had better not do that if you really use your kitchen. Hard wood floors were NEVER meant to take that kind of wear and tear, and as well, serious water damage WILL result.... not a question or "if," rather only "when!"

We will be remodelling our condo this summer. The kitchen is getting a ceramic tile floor. The rest of the main floor will be hardwood. I rejected hardwood for the kitchen because I tend to be a sloppy cook and didn't want to be constantly wiping up spills as I am prepping or cooking or cleaning.

On the other hand, my sister, who lives in her kitchen, has had a hardwood floor in her kitchen for at least 10 years and it is still in perfect condition. However, if she drops any food bit or liquid on her floor, she stops and mops. That's not for me.
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You can just tell the houses are absolute huge mansions.. I want one!!
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However, if she drops any food bit or liquid on her floor, she stops and mops. That's not for me.
That's what dogs are for.
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Old 05-05-2008, 11:36 AM   #14
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You can just tell the houses are absolute huge mansions.. I want one!!
I was thinking the same thing, Saph. If the kitchen is 600 sq feet, I can't imagine the size of the other rooms.

Andy, one kitchen had a floor vent with suction. You just sweep the crumbs toward the vent. Where they go -- I don't know.
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Old 05-05-2008, 11:36 AM   #15
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polished concrete is probably the best floor idea for a kitchen. Wood works fine but will show usage for sure. Tile can be great but the grout will get cruddy whatever you do, and some tiles can crack. Various vinyl floorings are fairly strong. Nothing is perfect, eh.

I grew up in a wood floored kitchen...no problems. Got one now. Expect if I ever sell I would sand and resurface. Use gelpads over most of it anyway!
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Add another 100 square feet and thats my entire apartment...
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I can't watch that stuff anymore. It makes me want to get a new house.
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Old 05-05-2008, 01:38 PM   #18
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I put engineered HW floors down in my kitchen and couldn't be happier. Not only do they get wear from foot traffic, I chase my dog with a RC car there too. They still shine like new after 3 1/2 years. I floated the flooring for more cushion which is great on the back and feet. If your HW floor wears out like you think, then it was finished poorly or installed incorrectly.
These are flooring experts who are advising strongly against it. I'm sure there are exceptions to every rule.
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You can just tell the houses are absolute huge mansions.. I want one!!
No you don't! How do I know? I know you don't want to pay to HEAT it!
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Add another 100 square feet and thats my entire apartment...
That IS my apartment. My kitchen measures 7 x 14. I used to have one of those 1000 sq ft kitchens..I needed roller skates to get from the stove to the fridge.
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