LOL.. well we've gotten a lead on some really nice red oak from a local supplier. It's the locking grooved kind. Aaron's parents put it into a room roughly the same size as our dining room themselves, and they are both on permanent disability, so I figure if they can manage, we can too. They happen to have 2 left over bundles from when they did their floor which should be enough to cover our hallway, plus as a bonus, the supplier is having a sale!
For a 12X12 room, it's $2.69/sqf, and 18.66 sqf per bundle, so we are looking at around $400 dollars. It's 4" red oak, unfinished. His folks said sanding it a little after it's laid and then polyurethaning it were no sweat. Do you think their memories have rose colored glasses on?