We ended up using Kentwood Originals Engineered Maple Del Rio hardwoods. The floors are hand scraped, distressed, covered with a high performance polyurethane and come with a 25 year residential wear warranty.
We stopped by late on Halloween to find the hardwood guy installing the floors. Here are a few pics:
|Hardwoods in the kitchen|
|The finished product, in the office.|
|We used remnant pieces to create a small hearth in front of the master bedroom fireplace|
Here's a tip when designing the installation of your hardwood floors: remember to consider the orientation of your floor boards. We decided to install the boards parallel to the front door, running across the house from side to side. This prevents having the "bowling alley" effect, which we had in our last house (and to be quite honest, it never really bothered me), where the boards of the floor create a bowling alley lane leading from the front door to the back of the house.