Well one day as my mother-in-law and I were driving down the road, after dropping off my son at pre-school, we noticed a couple of old barns that were about to be torn down. I could see the hesitation if someone is interested in maintaining pristine floors, but in that case I’d definitely go with something that is obviously not wood – the lookalike tiles just don’t do it for me. My in-laws (who we’ve been living with for 2 years) have wood in their kitchen. I love the look of wood floors, but will choose tiles with a wood look for the next house.
Finally, hubs and I had prefinished glossy wood floors in our last house, and that shinier finish did show more damage. We installed wood floors in our kitchen because we wanted a continuous floor throughout our open concept home. For transition, we took the tile right up to the wood(no transition) and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Since living in the house, we have had ZERO problem with wood floor in the kitchen. In warmer climates there’s more tile, in the NE and east coast, not as much, def more wood everywhere – maybe b/c tile is so darn cold?!
I talked to the wood floor guy they stay very busy because of water lines to the fridge. I’ve had wood floors in the past and can’t wait to get into a house without the tile. We have hardwood in our kitchen and love it. It is a cherry finish on oak wood I believe. We put in bamboo wood flooring in our kitchen and entire downstairs two years ago. We couldn’t match the wood in the rest of the house because it was original circa 1900s hardwood that was too difficult and too expensive to match. I have a small condo in Phoenix and have dark wood handscraped and engineered floors. I just installed wood (maple) flooring throughout my home last fall, and have LOVED it in the kitchen.
I wanted the entire downstairs (except the bedroom) to have one type of flooring and I love it. I have white cabinets in the kitchen and they look great with the dark wood floor. Our open floorplan is all wood flooring and the kitchen has water damage from a little spray here and there over 10 years. Yes things do not break when I drop them on my wood floor, but they do dent the floor and cause the need for the repairs.
There is a small spot that warped a little near the dishwasher where water drips most often but it doesn’t bother me at all and just gives the wood a little more character. We plan to build again in the near future and I plan to put wood in the kitchen again. We have a little log cabin with ancient wood parquet floors and no problems there and much comfier to stand on. But also no ice maker or dishwasher there…probably why they have survived! We have laminate elsewhere (I know not as awesome as wood) and we do have an open concept. We used a copper colored Schluter strip for our tile transition and then butted up the wood transition to it instead of covering it. And congrats on your baby turning!