Hardwood VS. Laminate

Being a part of the HGTVgardens Team reminds me daily of how important it is that the home works with the garden. When I got asked Hardwood vs. Laminate on Ask&Share it was fun sharing something I don’t usually talk about and a subject that most people don’t know about me.

 

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My Dream … picket fences and hardwood flooring

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My First Home in Perrysburg Ohio

Neat & Tidy Home Garden

I’ve been a home and garden DIYer since 1992 when my future husband and I purchased our first home. This home nestled in what was once considered the ‘village’ of Perrysburg, Ohio.  It was important to give the living space indoors that cozy feeling homes in that area were known for. Adding hardwood floors throughout the 1st floor added value to the property at resale.  This was a Sears Home dating back to 1890 that we made our home for 12 years.  I had my heart set on hardwood floors so when introduced to new laminates available in 1995 I had no interest. The hardwood we went with was a new style in 1995 that was a ‘floating’ with no nails needed.  Instillation was done by my husband and it went fairly easy and fast.  These floors were precious to me after all the work and planning put into them. I remember the day I dropped a can good on the kitchen floor … I literally cried.

From The Hardwood Garden

Sidewalks and an entry areas that allow guest to be sure their shoes are free of any debris that may scratch the floor is a must.  My gardens at this home all had cement or well maintained lawns with no loose stones that could be tracked into the home.    I had to share the window box in the collection above because it pretty much sums up the way I created the gardens in town fit for hardwood floors : Neat & Tidy! 

No WAY Hardwood Floors

In the country home we are currently renovating I never thought I would consider hardwood floors mostly because I use lots of stone in the garden walkway. My husband design and install a staircase leading to the addition that included hardwood steps.  We ask that our guest who use those steps leading to the second floor remove their shoes!

When considering laminate or hardwood be sure to acknowledge the gardens that surround your home when making this choice.  Be sure to look at the laminates that are available today because they are just as beautiful as real wood floors.  I’d love to hear what you think about this subject so please leave a question or ASK ME ANYTHING! 

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