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lpisg8October 22, 2012
Hi Everyone,

I ma looking for some suggestions on hardwood for my living room. The design of the house is mid-century contemporary. Very open space with glass sliding doors all around and 3 (6' x 2.5') skylights. There is a 27' x 6' (162 sqft) area that is covered by white tile and goes all around into the kitchen (500 sqft).
The space that needs to be covered with hardwood is about 500 sqft and drops down from the tiled area about 6 inches. The tile in the fireplace is a Chacoal Gray with some silver on it. A suggestion directly from Carolyn. It is called Eleganza Metalica Black.
The kitchen is open with the living room and the cabinets are a glossy white with Galaxy Black granite and stainless steel appliances.

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lpisg8
The Living room overlooks a Cedar flat deck and a swimming pool.
    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 10:35AM
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michigammemom
I like the idea of a lighter floor with your black tile. Not sure if this hardwood or engineered, but the gray, driftwood coloration is lovely. The designer of this inspiration room notes that Du Chateau Flooring from the Lugano collection was used.
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1 Like    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 10:37AM
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yvonnecmartin
What sort of wood do you have in the furniture that will be in there? What colors? With such a blank slate, anything would work provided that it doesn't fight with the furnishings.
    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 10:38AM
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yvonnecmartin
What are your window coverings? Are you keeping them?
    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 10:40AM
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lpisg8
No furniture yet. I may open another discussion for that in the future :)

The window coverings are sort of Silver in color.
    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 11:00AM
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lpisg8
My preference is to go for a 5" wide board. In michigan the wide boards tend not to be recomended due to the crazy weather changes we have. In the bedrooms I put a 5" engineered Hickory, but in the living room I would like to stay more modern than that. As Carolyn had suggested - non-knooty, matte or satin.
    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 11:04AM
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lpisg8
Sorry for the color variation in the pics but it is all the same color - probably closer to the room on the far right.
    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 11:07AM
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taylorhepp
We got a great deal from lumber liquidators on their springer mountain oak laminate. It is 10mm thick, 5" wide planks, and great quality for the price!
    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 11:09AM
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
I think a natural colored maple would look great.
1 Like    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 12:10PM
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Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design
Like the driftwood color suggestion - beautiful - with the black! fireplace wall -
1 Like    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 12:15PM
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lpisg8
I have considered the White Oak but need to find something without the yellow or red. The driftwood color is great, but I must have the boards in no more than 5 inch wide.
    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 1:09PM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I wouldn't mind 3" boards in a modern environment, although I know you'd prefer the 5". Even presidents know about compromise! If you can find unfinished white oak, even with a few knots, in some width between 3 and 5", I believe that a stunning finish in a satin or matte driftwood color will make up for any compromise you need make.
1 Like    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 6:16PM
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judianna20
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This is more of a stain suggestion. I like the dark floor with the dark on the fireplace.
    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 6:31PM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Gorgeous picture, judyg, but the dark floor will show every little thing.
    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 6:37PM
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judianna20
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Carolyn, I would love to see some dark, so would something like this works where occasionally a dark piece shows up? Just enough to relate to that beautiful fireplace?
1 Like    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 6:53PM
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lpisg8
Is that something like a Tigerwood?
    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 7:38PM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I think there's too much red in that wood in the picture. What he has upstairs is hickory which already has both light and dark.
    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 7:42PM
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lpisg8
With all my "energy" I was trying to avoid having to go with unfinished. However, I must get it right.
    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 7:49PM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Geez, Ipis, just suck it up. It's only 500 sq ft! One coat water base.
1 Like    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 7:56PM
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Linda
I think you will get a better looking installation if you opt for site finished wood. After you sand the floors, you can test your stain color right on the floor itself, just apply it in the middle, not at an edge. Then, if you don't like it, just sand it off and pick a different stain.

I attached a photo (sorry about the poor quality) showing how we chose a stain color for flooring. Sometimes the best way to know what looks right is to get a sample in place. The problem with prefinished is you have only one chance to get the color right.
2 Likes    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 10:26PM
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yvonnecmartin
Have you ruled out continuing the white tile or marble? That would be super modern.
    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 6:44PM
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lpisg8
Unfortunately I am in Michigan and that would definitely require a subfloor heating system. There were many porcelain tiles that looked like wood that would have been great too, but I could not consider that option.
    Bookmark   October 25, 2012 at 6:47AM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Wood is a classic and great for resale.
    Bookmark   October 25, 2012 at 8:26AM
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1 Like    Bookmark   November 3, 2012 at 1:04PM
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labmomx2
I agree with really light floors with that dark fireplace
    Bookmark   November 3, 2012 at 1:47PM
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lpisg8
I tried all my best to get the suggested white oak, but the timimg of getting it forced me to change the plan. The availability and the super price of the substitute was the imminent choice. It is already installed and covered along with the rest of the house while we are getting ready for painting. Nearly finished. We could have the turkey in the new home. Here are a couple of pics from when we were getting ready to install it.
    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 7:06AM
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lpisg8
After an awesome installation, I have to say that it does warm up the house. All the White tile and cabinets in the kitchen do tend to give a cold feel, especially in Michigan winters.
    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 7:08AM
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michigammemom
lpisg8, What species of wood did you finally select? I like the pecan color.
    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 1:48PM
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lpisg8
Tigerwood
    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 1:52PM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Looking good, and so happy for you and your wife that you'll be in for T'day!
    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 2:19PM
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greenthumb2
pretty and powerful looking at the same time. great choice. so hard to have to choose only one with flooring. :=)
    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 2:30PM
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lpisg8
Thank you :)
    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 6:02AM
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lpisg8
This was one of the earlier pics I had collected as an idea before I actually closed on the house.
    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 7:11AM
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greenthumb2
smart idea. it helps to have vision. "=) having vision on a project or goal helps us to see it in our minds before it happens, similar to choreographing movements for sports.
    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 7:30AM
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
Looks good. Great choice. Thanks for the picture.
    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 2:52PM
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