Dream Home Reno: Floors

Now that were in our new house we’re ready to start making it our own. We’ve decided the first must-do is the floors downstairs and in all the bathrooms.

You can see from the before photos there was a mismatch of old laminate and tile and carpet in the bathrooms (gross!). We debated between real wood, porcelain tile that looks like wood, or new laminate. Real wood doesn’t hold up well with dogs as it scratches really easily and is the most expensive option, tile was practical but we didn’t love the idea of grout lines and it was also really expensive to install. We found a beautiful floor and to our surprise it is a laminate, it has the same look of real wood and had the modern rustic look we wanted and it will hold up a lot better with dogs and kids (also, it was half the price and made in the USA!). We had it installed throughout the entire first floor and all the upstairs bathrooms and we love it! An extra bonus was the company we went with installed really beautiful 5 inch baseboards, really enhancing the modern look this house desperately needed.

Living/Dining Room: Before
Living/Dining Room: Before
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Living/Dining Room: Before
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Living/Dining Room: Removing the floors & wall
Living/Dining Room: Removing wall & floor
Living/Dining Room: Removing the floors & wall

While coming up with our design for the floors and our color scheme for the walls, we decided the half wall dividing the family room and dining room had to go! It wasn’t structural so it was really easy to remove, I will admit I was really nervous about how it would turn out and went back and forth about the idea, but it has been one of our best choices so far! Opening up the wall has made the house feel so much bigger, and has really improved the functionality of the space. We did however have to hire an electrician to move the electrical running through that wall. While we were at it we had them add can lights in both the living & dining rooms because they were super dark and had no lights at all, and they added the wiring for our future chandelier in the dining room.

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Living/Dining Room: After
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Kitchen: Before
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Living/Dining Room: After
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Living/Dining Room: After

In our last house we went for the currently very trendy grey color palette for the whole house. I’m not much for using colors, but this time I wanted to do something more unique. I decided a sea foam-ish color would be great for the walls and somehow convinced my hubby to go with it, and after hours browsing Pinterest we found some recommendations to sample. I’m also hoping that my husband will give in to my dream of a white kitchen somewhere down the line, so having some color on the walls will make the space pop. I’m thinking we will also use some pops of navy and grey throughout the space too. We tried several colors but finally went with Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams, its very neutral but has that bit of a sea foam blue I was looking for. We tried to get as much painting done before the floors went in, and now it’s almost all done. It is beautiful and coming together amazingly!

More to come! Next were upgrading our living and dining room furniture…

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