Sunday, 23 November 2014

Finally getting somewhere in my last post on floors we (i.e. I) had decided on the colour floor we were going with.  A couple of weeks later after some arguing, agreeing, arguing again and then finally holding a family vote, we've settled on the colour of our floor; Provincial Smoky Dusk.

After the husband and I couldn't agree on which colour floor to go with; I wanted light, he wanted darker; we took it to a family vote and let our daughter give the deciding vote.  We're not changing our minds now. I'm sick to death of floors and just want this decision put to bed.

However, I wasn't about to just agree on the floor without seeing it in it's 'natural environment', so we decided to take a day trip over to Geelong (a good 1.5hrs drive from home) and visit Boutique Homes Fairhaven display as it had this very floor.

After visiting the display and seeing the floor in real life, I was satisfied that I could live with it.  I'd still prefer a light floor, but the votes had it.

Enjoy some floor photos:
In some shots, the floor appears grey and in others, more brown.
The more I look at these photos the more the floor is growing on me.
I like the above photo as we're going for an all white kitchen too, so gave me a good indication of how it would look.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

......floors, floors, floors

*Sigh* I'm so over floors right now.

So we headed in to Choices Flooring to take a look at what is out there at the moment.  Soooo many choices.  We initially started looking at the vinyl planks, then the laminate floors, then the hardwood floors; then back to the laminates after seeing the price of the hardwoods.

I honestly think both of us were a little overwhelmed and couldn't make up our minds between laminate and vinyl.  In the end we decided to go purely on colour/look.  We didn't take any notice as to whether we were checking out the laminates or the vinyl, we were only looking at colours.

I could not believe it when we BOTH decided on a colour that we BOTH liked. We both went for a lighter colour floor.

Turns out it's vinyl planks, which I was very happy about.  I really like it and think it would look great in a white kitchen:

Also turns out we picked one of the cheapest floors too, which is good and bad.  I'm a firm believer in you get what you pay for.  We were quoted $67/m2 installed; not sure at this stage if that's good or bad for the product.

The company that makes this product is Polyflor, and from all the research I've been doing they're a reputable company and it would be a reputable product.  My only concern with this particular product is that it has a wear layer of only 0.2mm.  Most other vinyl floor products I've researched have a wear layer of around 0.5mm.  So now I can see why this product was cheap.

I'm in love with this colour now, so more research needs to be done on wear layers and whether 0.2mm is reasonable for a residential, relatively low traffic household.

I've told DH that this is the colour we're settling on, even if I have to get it in a laminate timber instead.

Stay tuned.

Floors, floors, floors........

So.........the long journey from settling on a house design to choosing absolutely every single item that goes in to a new house. From floor options to placement of a frigging light.

I was telling everyone at first "choosing colours is the easy part; agreeing on them is the hard part". I don't even believe that myself now.  Every time I jump on the net or open a magazine I change my mind about what I want.

For so long I was dead set on having tiles through the house.  We've only ever had laminate flooring in the houses we've lived in and I dreamed of having tiles. Now I'm back on to the timber floor. For a while there I was looking at timber look tiles:
Moved on to floating floor:
And now I'm wanting Vinyl Planks.  They seem to be the next big thing on from Laminate Floor.  They sound better, feel better under foot and are water proof.  Heading out tomorrow to see what they look like in real life, get some more information on them and see what they cost.

The next issue we're having is agreeing on a colour.  Hubby is set on the grey tones (like Mist or Dark Grey above).  I liked those too......for a day or so, then decided I wanted even darker floors, bordering on black and now I'm wanting light floors, more along the lines of Venice or Milano above.

Our colour appointment is on 11th December, how am I ever going to make up my mind before then????