the agony of home renovation — and a surprising idea for our floors

Sigh.

I mentioned a few weeks back that my husband and I were about to embark on a kitchen renovation.  Oh, those were the days, when we were so full of anticipation and dreams!

Since then, we’ve had a bit of a setback — in the form of a nasty leak underneath our house.  Renovations have, unfortunately stalled.

The good news, I suppose, is our house is in such poor shape, that we have no choice but to fix it up now.

Also, sigh.

And so, despite the delay, we continue to plan for how we’d like our kitchen and family room to look, and I’ve read all of your advice about what sorts of floors we should have.  One commenter, Heather, said something that stuck with me:

If choosing between those two, I’d pick the darker. The lighter one looks like you tried to match and missed. The darker looks purposefully different to me.

I’d not even considered simply doing something purposely different, and this comment opened up a whole new world for me:  we could do something different!  I began thinking of all sorts of options.   Someone suggested tile, given the risk of spills and water accidents in a kitchen, but in my mind, tile was too cold — we wanted a warm kitchen.  And carpet, obviously, wasn’t a consideration.

So, we began looking at different wood floors, when suddenly I came across these:

 

Tropical Floor Tiles design by Miami Design-build DM Decos by Design, Inc.

 

Dude, are you seeing the floors above?  They’re porcelain tile.  Did you even know that these kinds of wood-looking tiles existed?

Look, there’s more!

 

Contemporary Floor Tiles design by San Francisco Tile Stone And Countertop Tileshop

This one is “cross-cut” so it looks like the rings of a tree trunk!  Brilliant!

So now, we’re thinking about using wood-look tiles — from what we can tell, they’re slightly more expensive than engineered wood floors, but still within budget.  And given that we’re talking about areas which might see a lot of water spills (in the kitchen, and in our family room, which is where wet Slip-N-Sliders are likely to enter our home from the back yard in the summertime), tile makes more sense than wood floors.  And I think we might lay them in a herringbone pattern, like the first picture, above.

Because I really love that first picture, above.

What do you think? Have you used wood-looking tiles before?  Any regrets?

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