Troy has been making great progress on our master suite, and I hope to be able to do 2 things soon: 1) show you all the transformation, and 2) move out of the smallest, least attractive room in our house that we’ve been
squatting living in since last summer. The master suite will be a large office- bedroom combination, with tons of natural light filtering in through a skylight and tons of windows.
In the house’s former life, the back room was added on to create a daycare playroom and napping room, so there is still a large happy sunshine mural painted on the walls (what do you think, should we keep it? j/k…) and the floors and ceiling never got insulated. That was our first project, because last summer the temperature in here reached about a billion degrees under the sweltering flat tar roof. Next we removed a sliding glass door and replaced it with windows, and removed a 6 panel door that entered onto the bedroom from the mud room so that the room only has one, traditional and more secure entrance through the main hallway.
Finally, we’re adding a master (walk-in! ermergawd!) closet and installing flooring. And here lies (literally) our current dilemma- what type of floor should we lay?
The question is both practical and philosophical. Practical considerations include cost, durability, and how it fits with the rest of the house. Philosophical considerations get more complicated, because here we are considering whether we build the master as our dream suite, or as a widely appealing space that would re-sell quickly. We don’t have plans to move immediately but the equity in our house, seller’s market in our town, and desire to be closer to family are tempting us more and more, so its a thought we’re keeping at the peripheral of our minds.
This is where I need your help. Let’s walk through it, and then you tell me in the comments what you’d do, or what you think I should do. I reserve the right to change my mind stubbornly or wantonly last minute and heed none of the bestowed wisdom, but I would vastly appreciate your input nonetheless. Here goes.
This is my inspiration- clean, rustic, white washed Scandinavian style floors. Floors that make everything you place on them pop with drama and at the same time, lay a serene mat on which to build our master suite’s design scheme. I’ve interested countless pictures of this alpine inspired dream, here are a few:
The white wash would be affordable, given that we already purchased a large amount of wide plan flooring from the Millwork Outlet recently. The already tested plan would be to paint on several coats of a flat white exterior paint, sand off the edges and corners for a rustic look, lay the flooring and then seal the completed floor with a couple of clear coats. If we don’t use the material for this, we will use it to build the mudroom storage instead, so there is no waste at stake.
Unfortunately I have one big fat concern. The office currently has a well loved (i.e. worn out and haggard) 2 1/4 inch traditional oak floor. The hallway and other two bedrooms also have this lovely floor:
If we do white washed floors in the master suite, will it be adding another jarring, random floor to our already busy-for-such-a-small-footprint home? Our living-dining room has these pretty hand scraped bamboo floors:
and our kitchen and bathroom currently have an fugly beige linoleum that hides everything and nothing at the same time. We hope to replace the soon with a rectangular slate looking tile similar to this, and run it through the mud room, kitchen, and bathroom:
Will 4 floor finishes be an overwhelming variety for our ~1500 square feet home?
And if you were an in the market homeowner, would you welcome the white wash, or immediately replace them in your mind and start subtracting that theoretical cost from your offer price?
Please submit advice in the comments, I’m begging of you- my weekend’s productivity depends on it!