Hello, my wife and I just bought a house a few months ago. It is a split-level and is about 30 years old. The upstairs and downstairs are both carpet and the mid level is parquet. We definitely want to replace the carpet with hardwood. The parquet is in great shape with the exception of right by the stairs where it is a little worn. I want to have someone come in to see if it is possible to repair and refinish the parquet floors. If it is going to be too expensive or it won't look very good afterwards then I might just decide to put hardwood in on the mid level as well.
I'm fairly handy but this is my first home and I've never installed flooring before. I'd like to get engineered wood and install floating floors myself if possible. The flooring that we are currently looking at is a Brazilian Cherry. It clicks together so it should be easy to install, is very hard, resistant to dents and scratches and is a reasonable price. I know the wood will change colors over time and that doesn't bother me except for getting it to match the stairs (currently carpeted).
I'm not sure how difficult it will be to replace the stairs myself so I might hire someone to do that. However, I'm wondering if the best thing to do would be to use Brazilian Cherry for the stairs as well? I'm not sure where to look for that and I think I've read online it is not an easy wood to work with. If I don't use the same wood will I have trouble getting the colors to match especially if the flooring changes over time? Or, should I use a different kind of wood and just use a really dark stain so it contrasts with the floor? If the stairs are going to be a problem I might have to rethink using that species of flooring.
Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
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