05:10PM | 10/11/05
Member Since: 03/04/05
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Hello. We live in a 1.5 story townhouse and would like to replace the floors on the bottom floor. The downstairs is about 700 sq ft and is currently covered in wood laminate in living area and vinyl in the bathroom and kitchen. We'd like to have real wood in the living room, tile in the bathroom, kitchen and dining room and some low pile carpet (we have 3 cats) in the downstairs bedroom.

Questions: What kind of difference will there be in the areas between the tile and the hardwood and carpet? The tile will require a 1/2 cement backerboard. Also, since we will be tiling in the kitchen, the brings up kitchen cabinets. Eventually, we'd like to replace the cabinets (small kitchen, but still expensive, I'm sure), should we wait and budget for that too and do it all at once? Or are cabinets generally a standard size and could fit where the old ones did without breaking any of the tile in installation. Any tips on which wood to use, tile size, carpet recommendations are appreciated. Thanks.




07:04AM | 10/29/05
Member Since: 10/28/05
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the ceramic tile will finish off to approximately 1"-1.5"

the hardwood will finish off to the exact thickness you choose.

the carpet it depends on the padding and style of carpet you get, but all will be considerably less than the ceramic and backer board.

you wil lwant to isntall the ceramic forst, then work everything to that hwight in feathering the transition out, IF you wish for flush transitions, or you can have a hard transition such as hardwood strip or marble threshold ...the choice is yours and yours alone.

as to the cabinets, no there is no standard.

I have seen cabinet toekick widths range from 18" to 30".

all the other things you mentioned are purely asthetics, so i am not going to comment on them.

best bet is to get samples, place them in the area, and see what you like the best.

good luck.


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