Bang 4 Buck - Replacing existing wood floor?
Can you give me your opinion on this:
I'm planning to remodel my kitchen, and what the heck... the whole 1st floor of my house too. I own a 1915 Baltimore rowhouse. The existing hardwood floors are pine and look beautiful from a distance. But in reality, they have been stripped to the max, they squeek, and you can see right through the cracks down to the basement. They have common nails (not hardwood flooring nails) holding them down to the joist to prevent squeeking. This was done by the pervious home owner.
My idea was to install new hardwood flooring (I was thinking brazillian cherry) throughout the entire first floor of my house (about 375 square feet.)
My questions to you:
1) Will I get any bang for my buck? Will potential homebuyers notice that my existing pine floors are old and ragged? Or would they rather see the "original" pine floors that date back to 1915?
2) Is it a bad idea to have hardwood in a kitchen? Some say yes, some say no. What is your opinion? Should I put in new hardwood or tile? I'd like to have hardwood to keep the floorplan continuous.
I plan on selling the house in about 5 years. I'm just trying to plan ahead for what future homebuyers might like.
Thanks in advance for your response.