This is currently the state of our living room. The ceilings, floors and walls have been ripped out. The burnt wood has been replaced and we are waiting on a final smoke treatment before we can start putting the pieces back together. I think that the smoke treatment smells worse than the smoke itself... think a cheap musky air freshener. Ick.
We are currently looking at our flooring options and much to Brad's dismay, I think I may be second guessing my initial dark flooring selection. During the time we spent getting in to the house and actually living there, our dark floors were a total nightmare. I am not sure if it is because of the flooring color, the fact that they were not properly covered during construction and had a film of dust on them, or the giant German Shepherd that constantly brought in huge muddy footprints. Most likely, it was a combination of all three.
As you can see in the photo below, they were a magnet for dirt and footprints. Even being mopped twice a day, it never got any better. I loathe cleaning, so I imagine that mopping every day would get quite exhausting! The floors were very dark and had little differentiation in wood grain/ color. I think a little variation would help to disguise dirt better than a solid color. I also plan to go with a more distressed looking wood. As nice as shiny smooth floors are, that is just not realistic for our family. Y'all have seen my kids, they're little disasters!
I am torn because I really do love the look of the dark wood. Has anyone had a great experience with dark wood floors or is this pretty typical? Should I give them another try? Any pointers would be greatly appreciated!