|Barked: Sat Jun 18, '11 8:18am PST |
|Wow, thanks for the information. Every time I think I have made up my mind, another issue/fact shows up to make me rethink.
A little more information about the house/area we are living in. We live in the deep south, it does get chilly with the occasional frost or freeze, (a hard freeze is rare enough that they activate the emergency broadcast system to warm people) I snows about every 10 or 12 years. The ground is sandy, think beach sand mixed with a little clay.
The floor of the house is suspended wood, not a slab. The house is fully earth sheltered. Resale value is not an issue; the very nature of the home would make it very difficult to sell. (When we pass away someday, I will leave it and the property to a rescue to ensure any pet that survive me is well cared for.)
Heating and cooling isn’t really an issue due to the nature of the house and we are putting in a heat pump system to dry the air and do any minimal heating/cooling needed.
I guess I will do tile in the bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room. There will be a covered porch/sun room that will act as a mud room. It will have a deck type floor, wooden planks.
What about terracotta tile? It is a lot softer then porcelain or stoneware, Can it be refinished?
Bruno, I like carpeting too and I prefer vacuuming over sweeping or mopping. I just want a floor that will really last. I am a pushover for stray puppies and Fritz has had a leaking problem, just a few drops, but soaked into carpet….YUCK. Maybe we can just put it in the bedrooms. BOL, of course since the dogs sleep with us, the bedrooms would be subject to dog wear and tear too.
I guess I am leaning toward laminate and area rugs. (Hardwood is such a pain to put in and care for, (we are doing this ourselves) I really want to be as cost effective as possible too. The earth sheltered house cost more than a conventional house to build so I have to watch my budget on the finishing.
What are the highbred laminates called? Can you tell me what the 30 year warranty covers on the laminate from Lowes? I had heard that liquid will cause the wood to bubble up, letting go of the backing. (That may have been the really cheap laminate though)Of course, I’m not planning on letting the dogs pee all over the floor, but accidents happen, usually in the middle of the night or when one isn’t home.
Thank you to everybody who answered and is trying to help.
Betty, Fritz’s person.
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