Okay, so today I'm waffling about flooring. We had hoped that would could restore and refinish the wood floors throughout the house (see right), but the flooring guy says no dice. They've just been sanded too many times, and are basically down to the tongue and groove with nailheads showing at this point -- if we tried to refinish them, we'd end up with a ton of gapping between the boards, and not in an attractive sort of way. Plus boards popping up, etc. So we're going to put new hardwood floors throughout the house. Sad, but oh well.
Which means we have to make choices. Choice one: thin strips versus wide planks. The house currently has thin strips, and I had thought that we'd need to stay with that in order to keep the Victorian look. But after a bit of online research, I think wide planks are also reasonably authentic (although perhaps heading more in a farmhouse direction?) Any opinions on that? Kevin and I both prefer the look of the wide planks, and although we've been warned that they're more expensive, if they're not too much more expensive, I think we'd like to do them. Unless someone wants to convince me that they'd look totally wrong in a formal Victorian dining room, or that the thin strips are prettier than I think? The wide planks would look something like this:
"The cost of recycled wood flooring will vary depending on the species, the rarity of the wood and the available supply. Prices range anywhere from $4.00 per square foot for cabin-grade antique pine up to $30.00 per square foot for antique chestnut.Leaving aside the cost for the moment, is it too distressed a look?
"The following price ranges are given as an example for the various types of wood. Keep in mind that inventories change and pricing reflects the quality, grade and quantity of reclaimed wood available at any given time.
- Wood Species Cost Range Per Sq. Foot
- Antique Chestnut $8 - $30
- Antique Heart Pine $4 - $22
- Antique Oak $8 - $17
- Antique Maple $8 - $13
- Douglas Fir $7 - $20
- Tropical Hardwoods (varied) $9 - $19
Any opinions on any of the above? So many decisions to make!