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     August 21, 2014 5 Comments

What type of flooring would you put in a two-storey home? We were quoted for hardwood floors throughout the entire house when we were gathering quotes for the draw mortgage application. Now that we’re getting ready to make a real decision about flooring, we are second guessing ourselves.

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We had the opportunity to sit down with the owner of a flooring store yesterday to get some advice. At the beginning of the meeting, we were pretty confident that we did not want carpet in the house. Whenever we’ve looked at older houses for sale, our first thought has been that the carpet had to be replaced. For that reason, we wanted to put in hard surfaces so that there wouldn’t be that extra ‘cost’ to a potential buyer in the future. The second reason we don’t like carpet is because of allergens like dust.

stair side viewThe advice we received has made us reconsider carpet.

  1. Hardwood throughout the entire house would be extremely expensive.
  2. We have  about 22 stairs (foyer + stairs to the second level and bonus room) x approximately $250/stair to install hardwood = $5500 on stairs alone… ouch.
  3. Falling down stairs that are hardwood hurts and can cause significant injury. A carpet runner would be needed to reduce the slipperiness of the hardwood stairs. Carpet stairs wouldn’t hurt nearly as much if one were to fall down… maybe some slight rug burn.
  4. Carpet allows the dust to settle and acts as a filter.

Point number 4 was interesting. We’d never thought of carpet as acting like a filter. Dust that settles onto the carpet  gets stuck. Dust that settles onto hardwood can be disturbed and become airborne again. Like any filter, one must properly maintain it in order to maximize effectiveness. Carpets need to be vacuumed regularly, but what we didn’t know, is that once a year, a heavy duty deep cleaning is recommended to completely clean the ‘filter’. 


We asked the owner of the flooring store what was popular for two-storey homes, and he said that the majority of people are installing carpet upstairs and hardwood on the main level. I’m warming up to the idea, but am still stuck on the idea of beautiful and colourful area rugs for the bedrooms. And an awesome stair runner.

We are considering three options:

  1. Hardwood throughout the entire house (most expensive)
  2. Hardwood on the main level, carpet up the stairs and on the second level (least expensive)
  3. Hardwood on the main level, the stairs, the bonus room and the hallway with carpet only in the bedrooms



A few weeks ago, we flirted with the idea of cement floors but that option was quickly knocked out for a variety of reasons. Cracking, shifting and big ‘ouch!’ factors all came into play when we decided against this option. It’s beautiful, but not for this family house.


What would you do for flooring in a two-storey home? Do you like carpet in the bedrooms? What colour of carpet would you choose? Do you like light, medium or dark hardwood?



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  1. Laura says:

    Have you considered vinyl plank flooring? I was looking at some yesterday and was surprised by how nice it looks. I think it’s less likely to scratch than hardwood which is great for families with young children or pets.

    • mm Lauren says:

      I’ll have to take a closer look at this option in person. I was browsing online and some of it was just as expensive as hardwood we were looking at. But you’re right, scratch resistance is important! Thanks for the comment Laura!

  2. Amanda says:

    Are you leaving the basement unfinished for now?

    What were your reasons for not considering laminate?

    • mm Dan says:

      The basement will be unfinished for now, just quick walls thrown up and insulated. If we end up living in it, I will teach my son how to build and renovate and how to love the Toronto Maple Leafs.

      Sad story about laminate. When it was introduced, it was cheap. It was sometimes under $1/ft. Downside, any water or moisture in the least and it was garbage. even a small spill could ruin it. Heck, even using water to CLEAN it could do that! Nowadays, laminate flooring has come leaps and bounds but it’s hard to shake the beginnings. When you read on a house that’s for sale “Laminate throughout”, two things come to mind:

      1) Doesn’t sound as good as hardwood.
      2) Do they mean the $2/ft stuff or the $12/ft stuff?

      Personally, I really want to do bamboo, but very few places in Regina carry it due to humidity issues in the Winter here. People don’t maintain it properly and they find it a hard product to stand behind. Laminate functions great, but the stigma holds us back.

      • mm Lauren says:

        Additionally, if we’re going to spend $12/sq ft on flooring, I’d rather spend that on hardwood than laminate. (We aren’t spending $12/ft though… that would be way too much!)

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