Our Spanish style fixer came complete with Spanish pavers AND a straight-from the 70s atrium (a one foot pit complete with dirt and wood chips and subterranean termites). We poured concrete and put cheap carpet over the former atrium (see piano area) until we could figure out the next step. We're now at a point where we're replacing the 30 year old hardwood floors in the adjoining family room, kitchen and hallway. We'll put hardwood over the carpet area also. The question is: should we keep the pavers, have them cleaned and buy a huge area rug for the dining room and the family room area (so basically we're walking on rug), or just go for broke and pull up all pavers and have hardwood throughout?
The pros of keeping pavers: 1. Virtually indestructible--we have 2 large dogs, 2. Keeps in theme with the SoCal Spanish style home, 3. Less $ spent (more green), 4. Handmade and each tile is different.
The cons: 1. They're cold and not lovely to walk on barefooted, 2. We hate the dark gray grout line.
On a related note. . . we plan to recover the dining room chairs and put in some molding. We haven't touched this room yet so everything is negotiable.
Also, in the piano area we plan to take down the pony wall and put up a wooden fencing type of barrier so we can have a greater feeling of openness (the kitchen area is behind this wall and is the same level as the dining room). This will necessitate taking out the wrought iron railing and putting up the same "fencing."
P.S. We have a call in to a professional designer. I just like getting more than one opinion for a project.