Next month Lochlan turns 18 and Xene will be 20, I have no idea where that time has gone, it only seems like yesterday we were making the decision to purchase this house and Xene was 9 and just coming back from a trip away with the school, soon it will be Eowyn’s turn. (we didn’t even have her when we moved to this house!)
At the time we were renting the house and the owners had decided to sell, so we made the decision to buy, one of the great parts of doing that (apart from the fact I didn’t have to pack up all our belongings and move again) was the fact that I no longer had to worry about a child letting loose with a pen or the peeling wallpaper being stuck back down with pritt stick! It was ours and we could finally strip off the very dark green wallpaper in the hallway…
Eleven years has flown by, and three more children have been added, we have a new roof and we have swapped oil to calor gas, but we still have the carpets that we moved in with in the lounge and hallway! Although very good (and probably very expensive) quality and hard wearing, they are not my choice of colours and no matter how much I run my amazing Shark Hoover over them, they are never going to look perfect, and after having eleven years of children trampling on them, they are not at their best!
But I have a HUGE dilemma, I would love bare floorboards, when you see all of the programmes of people uncovering amazing floors underneath and they return them to their former glory, unfortunately our house, although quite old, used to be two farm cottages, that were knocked into one and had numerous extensions at different points in time, meaning our floorboards are pretty rubbish! We have just redone the bathroom and when we removed the old bath, half of the floor didn’t appear to even have any floorboards!
However, Asa likes the feel of a nice soft carpet under his feet, and he keeps telling me of horror stories of the floor boards warping or shrinking, my answer to that is Engineered Wood Flooring something durable and hardwearing, but cost effective and a great alternative to traditional wood flooring.
I guess my next hurdle will be to convince Asa that this would be better than carpets, especially the amount of liquids Tyrus and Viggo spill, I love the idea of not having to spend hours sitting and soaking up liquid out of the carpet! Don’t even get me started on Merrie the puppy! For now, her room will stay as concrete with her bed and a ton of kitchen roll ready!!
Much as I love vacuuming, wooden floors always look so much nicer.
We currently have a gorgeous stone floor in the kitchen and it is so much easier to clean, although in the winter it is a little cold underfoot, but nothing that a cosy pair of slippers can’t fix, however, Merrie with her big fluffy coat much prefers the stone floor, so I can’t see us getting rid of that anytime soon!
What about you, do you have carpets, floorboards, wood flooring, which is the best ?
This is a collaborative post.