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Expanding hardwood into neighboring room

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Hey everyone! First time poster, few-month DIYer.

I recently tore down a wall separating my kitchen and living room. It was load bearing, and there is a header and column in place. The flooring in the living room is 2 1/4" x 3/4" hardwood. I believe it's red oak (see picture). It's original with the house (1978) and so it has its own character to it. The kitchen is linoleum. The kitchen is located along side the long edge of the boards (perpendicular to their direction).

I'd like tear out the linoleum and extend the hardwood floor into the kitchen. I believe I have three options:

1) Buy all new wood for both rooms.
2) Put new wood in the kitchen. Sand and stain all wood together.
3) (Gently) tear up the existing floor. Buy new wood so I have enough for both rooms. Mix it all together, and floor both rooms.

Do any of these seem like patently bad ideas? I believe the floor is nailed and not glued, and I can verify that before proceeding with 3 if it makes that a more horrible option.

Thank you all!

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Sorry about the image not coming up. I'm not allowed to edit my own post and when I try to post a reply with a thumbnail I get an error saying that I need "at least one post to post links." If you want to see my photo please send a message. Thanks.
Picture would be great so we can see what your seeing.
The easiest way may be to add a transition strip then run the new flooring in the kitchen, that way to old floor would not be effected.
There's no "rule" that both floors need to match, in fact quite often the kitchen is done with a different type flooring then the rest of the house.
I'd prefer tile over hardwood in a kitchen any day.

Sweet, looks like I'm allowed to post now!

I was thinking of a transition piece. The issue there is that there is actually another edge between the kitchen and the hardwood. I don't have a photo ready for it and it's fairly difficult to explain, but there is a 3' wide edge between the linoleum and an adjoining hallway with the same hardwood which is connected to both rooms. That 3' edge is perpindular to the longer 13' edge, and so the short edge of the wood is in play. Any transition piece would need to somehow be incorporated there as well.
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