Well we are finally done dealing with insurance and quotes and have finally gotten our check to start on the floors. We went to a few places and didn't like anything and I actually found better deals at Lumber Liquidators for the hardwood replacement and Lowes for the new tile (yes!!!) in the kitchen than our installer's wholesaler. We will pay a little extra upgrade to solid hand-scraped hardwoods from our high end laminate, but I think it will be so worth it. The tile we put in the bathrooms isn't really sold unless we want to mail order it, which is insane and risky, so I luckily found some almost identical at Lowes and had a 10% off coupon (thanks to Staci telling me that you can buy them on ebay! what?? it totally worked too).
The tile is American Olean Kendal Slate Carlisle Black Porcelain. I'm super excited to finally have tile in the last wet area! We are also going to continue it into the laundry room and get rid of the last vinyl flooring in the house. We got the big 18"x18", so I think it will be great.
We scored a great deal on the hand-scraped wood from Lumber Liquidators too. Normally $7.99, we got this Virginia Mill Works Burnished Acacia solid wood floor for only $3.99 which wasn't much more than the engineered woods or the few laminates I liked. So I went ahead and just said do it. We aren't moving and hardwoods like the ones we picked are long lasting. They're also 8" planks, which Coach loves--and I can't deny I love that super wide plank floor.
Although I would prefer to not have to do new floors, to not have to have had a giant water leak, and to not go through the hassle--I am super excited to have tile in the kitchen more than anything. And to get rid of the NASTY vinyl in the laundry room. And lift the remaining entryway tile that popped up after the leak and was just ugly before. So looking on the bright side. Since Coach refuses to move, I guess new floors will have to do.
I'll post photos (if I can remember, gosh I haven't been on here in ages!) when it finally begins. Floors wont even be here for at least 2 weeks. Yikes.