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Old 05-04-2014, 07:55 PM   #1
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I'm closing on a 716 sq ft two bed one bath condo this month, and one of the first tasks I have is replacing the flooring in every room. There's currently some sort of wood in the kitchen (probably laminate?), and carpet in the living room, bedrooms, and hall.

I'm looking to replace everything except the bathroom flooring with the same wood or wood-look material, but I'm very concerned with moisture. Eventually this will be a rental unit (probably 3-5 years from now). The color I think I'll be going with is a dark dark brown or black.

I've looked at strand woven bamboo, simulated wood tile (porcelain and ceramic), and vinyl plank, but I'm really not sure which would best suit my needs. I went to six different flooring places and most told me something different. I was pretty convinced bamboo was the way to go, but the color I'm looking at can't be refinished, and the moisture still concerns me. I like the idea of tile for the durability, not sure of the drawbacks.

I'd like to keep this under $5-$6 per foot, installed, if at all possible.

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I would agree with not having wood in a area that may get wet. Why does it all have to be the same flooring?

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The space is rather small, with an open floor plan and no separation between the kitchen and living room. Two different types of flooring would really break up the space and make it look even smaller.
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I would go floating engineered wood. Engineered with a plywood base not hdf. The plywood will stand up to water much better than the particle board.
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Pictures speak a million words. Is the seller a bank, or someone that owned the place before? You should ask the previous owner what they used.

As for what you should use. Wood was the now thing for Kitchens. Now it is the tile that looks like wood, that is the now thing for Kitchens & Dining areas.
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Looked over the association rules yet?
Some have rules about what type flooring you can and can not have due to the noise factor.
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Your floor dilemma can be solved with one word, Vinyl
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Thanks for the comments guys. I didn't see anything mentioned about flooring in any of the HOA rules. I do want to go with something with a low noise factor though, to avoid potential issues with my neighbors. Am I asking too much from my flooring?

As for the pictures, here's a couple photos of the living room/kitchen. I`m going to be adding an island with barstools to the middle, a foot or so into the 'living room'.
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Ok....so what do you really like?

What is your budget?

How much of it do you want to do?

And...that is a really small kitchen...

As an FYI....you can really change the look and increase functionality by changing the floors and installing a breakfast bar between the kitchen and living room. It will define the space while still leaving it open.
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Just tile the whole place and be done with it.

As someone mentioned, the wood plank tile is "in" now.
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I have solid Tigerwood / Brazilian Koa in my living room, dining room, and kitchen. It's holding up great to moisture in the kitchen. It's also used for outdoor decking.
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I have put hardwood in a kitchen, and I do not think I would do it again. It takes water stains ok if you clean them up right away it does not take other random liquid stains as well however. This issue is water can seap in at the joints and they damage the wood.
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I have solid Tigerwood / Brazilian Koa in my living room, dining room, and kitchen. It's holding up great to moisture in the kitchen. It's also used for outdoor decking.
I used the same in my entire house and love it. I haven't had any issues with water, soda, beer, or anything else dropped on it. Mine is 3/4" solid Koa.
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I would do wood in the living area and tile or vinyl in the kitchen. If you are putting in an island it's going to be broken up anyway.

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