Fireplace or Flooring?

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I’m in a bit of a home improvement conundrum at the moment, I have managed to save up and am ready for our next bout of action in the house. I have been wanting to do the flooring downstairs (living room, dining room and hallway) since we moved in, but it’s always been on the back burner. Now I have the money I was all ready to book it in, but then we went to the flooring company and what I wanted was going to be far more expensive than we first thought. I obviously have expensive taste.
The parquet we wanted

At the moment we have bare floorboards which let in draughts, and are in poor condition. A lot of people who see the house say we should sand down and polish the floorboards and leave it, but to me it would still be cold and there are too many imperfections. The dining room has a brown carpet that has seen better days and underneath are vinyl tiles that could have asbestos underneath so are best left untouched, meaning if we did sand down the floorboards it wouldn’t be the same finish all the way through.

The stairway and upstairs we did soon after moving with some fairly cheap carpets that have lasted well and still look good. The kitchen flooring is vinyl from a roll which is still OK. After we left the flooring shop a little deflated, we decided to have a look at the giant B&Q nearby. It was there I saw some lovely shiny laminate and tiles that would work and would definitely bring the cost down. My lovely builder friend came round to discuss options. We previously were going to go with luxury vinyl click flooring, in parquet and a tile version for the hallway, but the tile version was so expensive for what we wanted.

Hallway inspiration

My builder was a bit reticent about the laminate with gloss finish, although it would be hard wearing, the gloss finish could easily get damaged with our three children. I know all of this is first world problems, but it’s frustrating! I talked about the fireplace and our plans for it, and then it just made more sense to do the fireplace first. I was at one point obsessed with doing that first. I’ve now gone back to looking at fireplaces on Instagram and Pinterest. I can’t decide between a wood burner or traditional fire. We want an open fire or real fire of some sort. I had originally discounted a wood burner (or multifuel stove) but then I fell in love with this scenario:

Image from Kent Fireplace
Our current fireplace

I think it is pretty perfect, so my aim is something like the above, with zig zag bricks, a cream coloured stove, black hearth and wooden surround. Now to find out a quote to see how expensive it will be! Follow my journey on Instagram stories.

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February 28, 2019
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  • Reply Josie - Me, Them and the Others

    I find it so hard to make decorating decisions with small children because what you need now isn’t necessarily what you want in the long term.

    February 28, 2019 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Kyra Rodriguez

    I like the wood style tiles!!

    March 4, 2019 at 9:18 am
  • Reply Karen Elizabeth Mead

    Jenny!! Please don’t go down the hardware store route!! I did this in our kitchen and it can be a terrible mistake!! Ours started to lift almost immediately and a friend who laid the floor has his own company so I know I have not been ripped off on install. I can DM you someone’s name who can help with your floor xx

    May 17, 2019 at 12:34 pm
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      Thank you, I will come to you when I’m ready!

      May 22, 2019 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Emery Ocampo

    I love your tiles! So stunning and so beautiful! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing this!

    June 4, 2019 at 6:16 am
  • Reply Donald

    Such a nice blog. I liked you have installed carpet floors for the stairway and upstairs. I am also looking for carpet flooring for upstairs. Any suggestion from ur side? (I found LT flooring at a much cheaper rate). Also, can you suggest some flooring option for my Hall? They are quite large in space.

    September 26, 2019 at 6:55 am
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