Hi everyone! I know I don't come here as often as I used to, but I still know where to come for answers!
DH and I bought a second home in VA. By the middle of next year, it will become our primary home. For those of you who know our struggles (basically, me hating to go to work and leave my kids) this is a very good thing for us. It will allow me to not work for a while and then work part time while my kids are in school. I'm very excited about this. We're both still working, meanwhile. It's extremely likely that we'd both be laid off next year so this plan really works for us. We're waiting around for a few reasons and we're also doing some work on the VA house in the meantime.
So I have a few questions and you'll probably see me around looking for advice and opinions! But I do miss everyone here and I see so many new "faces" too!
Okay, so here's the question. We originally thought we'd keep the carpet in the VA house. Turns out that after the sellers moved their very large furniture out, the carpet wasn't in such good shape. DH and I decided on laminate flooring and I'd like to begin that process on one of our trips down there. However, I know very little about it.
Last night, we were discussing which way the flooring should lay. Should it go straight across longways or should we have it go across the shorter way? When I picture it in my mind, I see it going long ways. DH said that'd be too much- that we'd have too many long peices lying there- he thinks we should have it lie across the shorter way because there won't be as many seams- thus fewer problems.
We're definitely going with the laminate- we have pets and kids so this is a good choice for us.
I have my eye on a brand at Lowe's- Swiftlock premium in a light oak color. It says it's sound absorbing, has a rubber underlayment, and a 30 year warranty. Also has a rebate of 30 cents per sq foot right now. It's normally $3.97/sq ft. I see cheaper Swiftlock, but I'm afraid. Looks really easy to put down. This is my project. We'll probably do the kitchen and dining area, too. But we'll see how the living room goes first. We don't plan to live in this house forever, but I'm guessing about 10 years (with the way we do things ) Besides, if we fix it up real nice, maybe we'll want to stay there! We like all the neighbors we've met so far.