we finally do have floors

It all started in a very innocent way. We bought the house, we decided to renew the old hardwood floors and went ahead picking a color. Well, not so easy in reality! Living in Europe we were surrounded by all these gray tones over the past decade and wanted exactly these grayish-brown planks in our house with white walls. Not so easy to find in Texas since we had to keep our budget in mind and wanted to go with engineered hardwood to have the least hassle with install.

We finally, finally found a color we liked. All seemed fine. Lots of delays in delivery, but we felt good about it.

Until install day! After the first planks were glued down it was very obvious that something was wrong. The quality of the wood did not match our order and the price we paid! But the install continued since we were told that it was supposed to look like that. Really???

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Awful! You can tell. To make the long story short: we got tricked into seconds with very poor quality and with our persistence and long discussions it all ended in ripping out the floors again! New order, but same crap arrived. Travelling all the way over from Germany for a new disaster 2.0. We lost total trust into the manufacturer, seller and installer. Lots of lying, lots of trying – very, very bad experience!

So we let go and found a great new floor store and installer and started looking into other options. Along the way we totally changed our mind on the gray and went with really light wood. Even more difficult to find our vision in Texas. But our salesperson was very, very helpful, emailing us pictures of samples, looking into new sources. Staying within our budget.  Because – keep in mind – we do live in Germany and the house is in Texas!

We compared dark and light. We had samples too green, too yellow, too pink, too rustic, some with too many mineral streaks, some with too wide of a color variation.

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In the end we ordered a custom color. All went very smoothly. The install was a piece of cake.


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The floors are gone

We were going back and forth what to do with the floors. The downstairs hardwood was still fine and first we tried to find a matching wood to complete the masterbedroom and the office with the same tone. During the process we learned that the wood color as well as plank width is already retired. To add some value to the house we decided to go for new hardwood on both floors, except the stairs. This will be a different story. The stairs need to be funky!

bloga4So the old floors had to go: (also you see my naked kitchen island again…)

choosing the hard word floors

This took us very long, since we had a greyish brown in mind. Finally after browsing many, many samples our son found THE ONE.


I highly recommend asking your installer to order a full box of wood to be able to see it in a larger scale than the usual sample.  He can always return it if you changed your mind and it helped us a lot to feel more comfortable with our color choice.

Since we are redoing the floors anyhow I was finally very flexible with taking out a few built in cabinets I wasn’t fond of. It opens up so many more options…more decisions..

Since this is a remote remodeling project I am planning on flying over again for the installation of the floors end of november. Then I hope to  make the final decision on the carpet for the stairs.

But you never know with a renovation process. Plans and hopes can change…

It all starts with this view…

…when entering the house.


There will be new hardwood floors downstairs and upstairs and we are thinking of putting some funny carpet on the stairs. To stay within the budget we will stay with the wall to wall style, although I would love just to have a runner in the middle…

I am not sure whether to go with stripes like that or stay on the safe side with a plain commercial use single color.

The banister and the bottom step as well as the front door inside and out will be painted in Benjamin Moore Black.