Yep, that's right. Carpet.
After much thought and waffling back and forth I really thought I wanted to put in hardwood floors. Right up to the end that's what I was sure I was going to do until we pulled up the old carpet and heard the echoing. It nearly drove me nuts. By the time I was ready to paint the walls the girls and I had all come to the same conclusion, but none of us said anything until I told them I'd changed my mind. And they were thrilled!
|Checking the layout first|
Our neighbor has the same floor plan as we do and they did hardwood throughout the entire downstairs and they said it is loud. Everything echos and the furniture slides around. They figured with the furniture put back in the room it would dampen the echoing but the way these homes are built it just didn't happen that way. I'm really glad I asked before I bought the hardwood. Just for the ten days we had bare floors really bugged me.
|Wow! Holy cow! Look at that!|
Sooooo, back to plan A, we replaced the carpet, but not the traditional way. Instead I chose to do carpet tiles and we think it looks beautiful. I really like these tiles because the padding is felt instead of foam so it won't break down like the padding does. I think that will keep things much, much cleaner. I also like the idea that if one gets stained or damaged we can remove it and replace it without having to do the whole room. Pretty convenient.
|Old Man kitty likes it too!|
It was much easier to install than traditional carpet too, but not necessarily faster. It took two of us about three and a half hours to finish the living room. And while it isn't as cushioned as traditional carpet, it is soft and has a good feel. I really like it. Mostly I like that it is clean and new and I no longer have nasty carpet in there. Plus, the girls like to lay on the floor so I feel really good about them laying on this. Although the oldest hasn't seen it yet they both say they love it!
|I stopped short of the hallway as it hasn't |
had it's makeover yet
The room is coming along quite nicely. Now, onto the next project!