31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Flooring Options

As you move into stage 3 of construction, one of the next design designs you’ll need to make is flooring.

If you’ve already finalized your tile selections, then you have probably already decided what areas of your home will have tiled floors {i.e. laundry, bathrooms, etc.}.

For the rest of the house, you’ll need to decide what type of flooring you want to have.

For us, we decided to do hardwood floors throughout the entire house {minus wet spaces like bathrooms and laundry}. We are trying to keep the original heart pine hardwood floors upstairs {you can see them here} which is one of the reasons we wanted to keep things consistent and do hardwood floors throughout the entire house. We personally love the look of hardwood floors and love the warmth they add.

But, there are a few other options out there. Here’s a breakdown of the most commonly used flooring options and pros and cons for each to help you make the best decision for your home and your family.

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Brick

You may think that brick sounds like a strange flooring option. But, using brick pavers as flooring can actually add beautiful texture to certain spaces. With the right style of home, brick is an extremely durable and affordable option. It’s also easy to maintain if sealed properly. On the flip side, it’s not the softest underfoot and may not be the best option if you have crawling babies.

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Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is probably one of the most popular flooring options. It can offer beautiful charm and warmth and there are a wide variety of finishes and styles to choose from. Hardwood flooring is durable, easy to clean and can be re-sanded and re-finished later down the line if the colors or style of your home changes. There are some potential negatives to hardwood flooring thought. It can be costly depending on the type of wood and size you want. Hardwoods also can be noisy and depending on the finish, can show dirt and pet hair easy.

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Carpet

Carpet is a great option for certain spaces in your home like your living room and bedrooms. It offers a plush option underfoot and helps absorb sound. There are a variety of colors, patterns and styles of carpet to choose from and depending on the style you choose, it can be really affordable. On the negative side, carpet tends to show wear more quickly, especially if you have small children or pets. It’s also not the easiest flooring option to clean and stains or spills need to be addressed immediately.

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Concrete

Concrete is another flooring option that you probably think sounds strange for the interior of your home. Concrete doesn’t just come as the ugly gray sidewalks outside your house.  Concrete can actually be stained, painted and finished in a variety of ways {textured or glassy}. Concrete is extremely durable and easy to clean and if sealed properly, water resistant. Concrete isn’t the softest underfoot and may require regular re-sealing. Also, anything you drop on them, like dishes, are likely to break.

When trying to decide the best flooring option, take into consideration the initial cost but also how long the floors will last and save you money down the road.

It’s mainly a personal decision and what you decide will largely be based on what works best with the style of home you have.

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