In the ongoing search for hardwood, I came across a handscraped solid hardwood, with variations of color. I have different species of wood in kitchen cabinets, trim, tables, end tables, etc. I like the variation of color because it ties in all the wood species. If it gets beat up a little from my kids etc, it will just blend in with the natural rustic appeal of the floor. BUT, how do you feel about resale value with handscraped wood? Is it considered very taste specific?
Hand scraped hardwood is quite popular right now, we have installed it in a couple of client's homes, but I do think it might be a bit of a specific look. I think it has a lot to do with your decorating style too. As hardwood goes, it's pretty forgiving, but like any wood floors, it's not impervious to scratching and denting.
I definitely think it is taste specific and is a trend which will go out of style rapidly. I do not care for it at all. Unless you are in what you hope will be forever house, have fallen in love with the look and are a person who doesn't change her mind once she's crazy about something, then I would invest in a traditional 3/4 inch hardwood floor. Also if considering a possible future sale, I wouldn't go too far out on a limb regarding the variation in color. Most people prefer a solid color floor.
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I think even toned flooring is a much better choice. New owners (someday) may paint the trim, and remodel kitchen (or paint cabinets) but changing the floor out, or sanding and refinishing that type of flooring may be harder to do if it can be done.
The 21st century version of handscraped wide plank floors is not for the faint of heart. It looks best in a home where the architecture is strong and somewhat rustic. They do make a statement, but that's not necessariy a bad thing if the bones of your home and decor style can pull it off. Read more here: https://www.floorstoyourhome.c...d-hardwood-flooring/
I happen to love handscraped wide plank floors in the right environment. Here's an example of walnut handscraped floors in a Colorado home with contemporary Spanish style.
Here's the polar opposite of the previous picture. This one shows a thoroughly modern room with spectacular bleached, handscraped wide plank flooring. These types of floors demand a bold, confident decor.
I don't like handscraped floors. I like reclaimed wood and recycled old floor boards, but I think the hand scraping on new wood looks so obviously "done" and contrived. It's like cerused finishes, use them if you love them but don't expect them to be "timeless" in any way.
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It might be wise to get an estimate of the traditional oak 3/4 inch flooring which can be stained any color with several coats of polyurethane on top. I THINK the cost is probably competitive with the engineered wood or pre-finished floors. 3/4 inch oak flooring can be refinished at least once. I don't think the other kinds of hardwood flooring can be.
My favorite color of stain is walnut. Brazilian Cherry is popular right now but I think the either the walnut or oak is less apt to go out of style. Although other colors may trend in and out, walnut or oak are pretty traditional like shiny brass. They never REALLY go out of style just out of "trend".
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