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Kitchen Floor Considerations

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One of the few house goals I kept after the roofing news came in was to get some flooring in my kitchen.  Originally, I was thinking peel-and-stick vinyl tiles because they are cheap and don't require as much time as doing say, porcelain tiles, which have to be mudded and grouted and such.  After seeing some really lovely kitchens with laminate wood though, I have been leaning more towards doing that. Click installation is even easier, they don't require mopping (in fact it's generally BAD to do LOL), and I think would work better on my existing "sub floor", and would be a higher quality than the vinyl tiles.  It would be a floor that I could comfortable expect to last 10-15 years rather than just a few years, giving me more time to deal with other stuff (like getting out of debt!).  :-)

Lumber Liquidators has awesome prices on such floors, and many lovely options.  The laminate options are significantly cheaper than my beloved bamboo.  It's also generally cheaper than engineered hardwood and solid hardwood isn't generally done in click style. I think I already mentioned that I'd eliminated cork after seeing too much information that indicated it wasn't durable enough to survive two 50 lb dogs going over it regularly or me in heals. 

All that said, my general criteria for looking at the flooring options was:

  • lighter in color as the kitchen has little natural light which makes a dark floor depressing
  • less than $2/sq ft
  • good reviews
  • decent thickness (I eliminated 6mm and below)
  • moisture resistance
  • a good warranty (at least 10 years)
  • AC rating of 3 or higher (i.e. rated for high traffic areas)
  • of course, liking how it looks and if it would work in a kitchen with darker green counters, light blue back splash, and black appliances. My cabinets are off white (top) and pale yellow.  The walls are a pale green.  Both however are subject to later change so I'm less concerned about them LOL

So the options I'm considering are (prices are based on my rough kitchen measurement of 150 sf):

  1. "Major Brand" 7 mm American Cherry ($0.59/sf; Lumber Liquidators) - a very nice, light color and very affordable with a 15 year warranty - $141.48 ($101.50 for the floors plus $39.98 for a basic foam underlayment)
  2. Dream Home Nirvana 8 mm Brazilian Cherry  ($1.29/sf; Lumber Liquidators) - gorgeous, rich color though a little darker, with a 25 year warranty and has built-in underlayment; the orange/red tones might clash with my kitchen colors - $213.22
  3. Dream Home Nirvana Plus 10 mm Hot Springs Hickory  ($1.99/sf; Lumber Liquidators) - lovely color variations with a lighter undertone and a more rustic look that might fit the age of the house better; 25 year warranty and again has a built-in underlayment; most expensive of the list (only one not on sale) - $313.43
  4. "Unbranded" Harvest Oak 7mm T ($0.59/sf; Home Depot) - also a nice, light color, same wood "species" as the original floor so graining would be consistent; discontinued though and no brand name, so who is gonna be there if there are issues? ~ $141.48 ($101.50 for the floors plus $39.98 for a basic foam underlayment)
  5. Hampton Bay High Gloss Jatoba 8 mm ($1.88/sf; Home Depot) - rich redness without the oranginess and while still being lighter; just kinda pretty with lovely graining; has a 50 year warranty and attached underlayment (though a thinner kind than the other two) - $299.16

The total costs don't include transitions for between the rooms, but those are only a few dollars so not a big deal (and would pretty much be the same regardless of which one I pick). In terms of budget, I've been thinking $200, $300 at the most, to avoid taking diverting too much money from the savings for the roof. 

So what do you guys think?  As a reminder, here's my kitchen, pretty much the way it looks today except all the cabinet doors are in place.  The current floor is the original wood floor (or what was left after removing all that bad linoleum):

House Tour - Kitchen

Edited 7/10 to add options 4 and 5

Goal Check: June Progress

Hello Kitty Kimono, Hello Kitty Doll Festival

Not a lot done this month.  Updated my next swimming goal to reflect what's actually possible - because of a class in the pool, we can't do more than 3 days during the regular work week.  Of course, I could start swimming on weekends, but with the large break (again) in May, having to build back up to even doing a good 30 minutes.  Bleh.

CAR

  1. Remove tint on car windows

FITNESS/HEALTH

  1. Consistently swim at least 4 3 days a week, 45+ minutes a time by July August - working on getting back to going regularly; still haven't managed to do 3 days a week yet :-(; we did do a couple of days of exercise though other than swimming; changed this goal to better reflect what's possible due to the pool's summer schedule
  2. Consistently swim at least 4 days a week, 60+ minutes a time by end of year
  3. Take bike to work on the rack on all good weather, no errand days and ride between office and garage & rec - none really thanks to so many random rain in June; am now at least trying to get back to parking in the garage regularly, added by the lot 100 we usually park in that (that's near the building) being closed for 2 weeks for painting :-)
  4. Currently at 184 lbs; be at 169 lbs by end of the year (i.e. lose 15 lbs) - as of my 6/30 weight in, at 182.8 lbs, which is a net loss of 1.1 lbs...I thought it was a gain until now, so yay!
  5. Find primary care physician and get a "real" checkup

WORK/WEB

  1. Finish updates to An Eclectic World
  2. Finish going through and cleaning up tags in LJ
  3. Learn Zend framework - as noted last month, pretty much DONE :-)
  4. Continue posting regularly to ColdFusion Beyond, at least once a month - still going well

HOBBIES

  1. Read at least 200 books - Current count: 132 with 2 in progress!
  2. Greatly reduce HO game buying/playing - no more than $15 a month from fun money! - blew the fun money and HO gaming; did nearly $44 on games in June :-(  Have made a new rule - no CEs unless it's one of the few core series I love enough that I'd blind buy the next game in it because I those are the one ones I actually replay, even with achievements and stuff
  3. Try painting again - started a painting!
  4. Finish Final Fantasy XIII - DONE!
  5. Finish The Last Story
  6. Read at least one of my "new" non-fiction books that have been in the to read pile for the last year

HOUSE

  1. Clean out junk/old paints from garage
  2. Put in flooring in kitchen - adjusted the language slightly since I am also considering laminate
  3. Patch holes in the walls from removing old alarm system
  4. Repair the holes in the bathroom drywall
  5. Shore up the weak spots in the fence
  6. Mow the yard on a consistent basis - at least once a month - did mow and finally mowed enough to have to get more gas for it :-)

Status color guide: green for good progress, gray neutral/no change/non-progress comment, red for bad, bold dark red for cancelled/failed, bold blue for done, bold purple for new

Most Proud Of: nothing really - not even proud of the weight loss because I am fairly certain it is just temporary as usual

Least Proud Of: Lack of consistent exercise again, too much HO game buying

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Calling It, FF XIII Done

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Decided tonight to call FF XIII done! I'm not going to spend hours upon hours farming just to upgrade to finish the two super bosses and I beat the main game a while back. I finished Ceith Stone missions 1-63, just didn't finish the last one (one of two super bosses), and I earned 28 of the 36 trophies.

If I replay it in the future, I'll hopefully remember to do better with items and stuff so I am better set up to finish the last mission (i.e. don't sell everything that isn't nailed down LOL)

Anyway...

Started: October 12, 2013
Finished: June 27, 2014
Total Days: 258
Game Play time: 94 hours, 48 minutes (does not include dead/restart which probably added another 2-3 hours)

Sometime this weekend or into next week I'll probably start the next game, Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga on the PS2. Weee!

Goal Check: June Progress

Hello Kitty Kimono, Hello Kitty Doll Festival

Actually got some stuff done this month, so yay :-)

CAR

  1. Remove tint on car windows
  2. Get a headlight restore kit and clean up my car's light - DONE!!! It came out awesomely!! Pics on FB and Flickr

FITNESS/HEALTH

  1. Consistently swim at least 3 days a week, 30+ minutes by March - Failed as deadline passed; in getting to 30+ minutes consistently, until we took most of May off due to the rec renovations and the outdoor pool being unsuitable for use; failed at getting consistently to 3 days a week :-(
  2. Consistently swim at least 4 days a week, 45+ minutes a time by July
  3. Consistently swim at least 4 days a week, 60+ minutes a time by end of year
  4. Take bike to work on the rack on all good weather, no errand days and ride between office and garage & rec - did one week in May but that's it so far, bleh
  5. Currently at 184 lbs; be at 169 lbs by end of the year (i.e. lose 15 lbs) - as of my 6/2 weight in, at 184.9 lbs, so back down to a net gain of .9 lbs ~ still sucks
  6. Find primary care physician and get a "real" checkup

WORK/WEB

  1. Start learning PHP - DONE!!! Since I've now written a fully functioning app in PHP, I'm calling DONE for the purposes of this goal; of course it will be quite a while, probably years before I'm fully proficient :)
  2. Finish updates to An Eclectic World
  3. Edit and post all pics from 2013 trip to Wimberley - DONE!!!!!
  4. Finish going through and cleaning up tags in LJ
  5. Edit and post pics from married student house demolition - ALSO DONE!!!!
  6. Learn Zend framework - I'll probably call this done next month for the purposes of the goal; I've built a lot of a fully functioning app at this point, but a few more bits I want to do first
  7. Continue posting regularly to ColdFusion Beyond, at least once a month - still posting lots thanks to all the PHP articles :-)

HOBBIES

  1. Read at least 200 books - Current count: 102!
  2. Greatly reduce HO game buying/playing - no more than $15 a month from fun money! - over again in June, spent $20 though instead of $40 so that's something; decided I'm only going to buy CE games if it's a series I really love and may replay, otherwise it's just a waste of money!
  3. Try painting again
  4. Finish Final Fantasy XIII - final boss battle done, now just finishing up the side quests :-)
  5. Finish The Last Story
  6. Read at least one of my "new" non-fiction books that have been in the to read pile for the last year

HOUSE

  1. Clean out food garden and replant for the season - cancelled; may try for a fall garden later but just let it get too late to plant for spring/summer
  2. Clean out junk/old paints from garage
  3. Put in vinyl peel-and-stick floor tiles in kitchen
  4. Patch holes in the walls from removing old alarm system
  5. Repair the holes in the bathroom drywall
  6. Shore up the weak spots in the fence - worse hole fixed, but still needs work
  7. Mow the yard on a consistent basis - at least once a month - mowed the whole thing this month, yay!

Status color guide: green for good progress, gray neutral/no change/non-progress comment, red for bad, bold dark red for cancelled/failed, bold blue for done, bold purple for new

Most Proud Of: Finally got through that crazy back log of pictures and my car's headlights are so pretty and bright again!

Least Proud Of: As always, the lack of real weight loss, the weeks of non-exercising because of the pool being closed (an excuse, not a valid reason), and my lack of progress on the projects around the house

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Which Game Next?

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I have so many games I bought over the last year waiting to be played that I'm spoiled for choice!  I finished the main game of FF XIII tonight (clocking in at 76 hours, 51 minutes, 07 seconds of game play time spread out over a ridiculous 228 days).  I still have a few stone quests left to go, but I don't think they will take me too much longer now that the crystarium is unlocked and I could bulk up my players like crazy.

Anyway, it's been ages since I've done a poll, so thought it would take votes on which game I should play next.  I'm making this entry public so my FB and G+ friends can vote too :-) The games are listed in order of purchase, with the newest ones first.

Poll #1969890
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 3

Which game do you think I should play next?

View Answers
Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
0 (0.0%)
Final Fantasy X|X-2 HT Remaster (PS3)
0 (0.0%)
The Last of Us (PS3)
0 (0.0%)
Tales of Symphonia Chronicles (PS3)
0 (0.0%)
Star Ocean: The Last Hope International (PS3)
0 (0.0%)
Ni No Kuni: Wratch of the Witch (PS3)
0 (0.0%)
Tomb Raider (PS3)
0 (0.0%)
Genji: Days of the Blade (PS3)
0 (0.0%)
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (PS3)
0 (0.0%)
Pandora's Tower (PS3)
1 (33.3%)
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3)
0 (0.0%)
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga (PS2)
2 (66.7%)

Wow, that's even more than I thought!  Of those, FF X|X-2 and Kingdom Hearts are re-releases of their PS2 versions with new content, but I have technically played them before.  All the rest would be new to me :-) Shin Megumi is the one that's been waiting the longest, having been acquired in 2012!!

Note:Pandora's Tower is a Wii game not a PS3 game :-)

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