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Old 08-06-2016, 11:46 AM   #461
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Home Depot carries a lot of it, in different grades. Various "brands." Pay up to the point you get the tile that lays flat on the slab. The cheap stuff does not. The cheap stuff chips as well. You see a lot of this now in model houses, at least in Arizona.

A good flooring contractor will carry higher grades.
That $80k is starting to look pretty low! Maybe cut out the caviar for a couple of years or until the kids graduate?
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That $80k is starting to look pretty low! Maybe cut out the caviar for a couple of years or until the kids graduate?
If it was me, I'd sell the dog, put in the most gorgeous high end hardwood flooring I could find, and be done with it with lots of that $80K left over I'd think. But these pet owners just don't see the advantage to that.

I would definitely avoid the white marble with gold veins in a 1400 sf house, which IIRC is about the size that Robbie mentioned. Flooring like that needs a lot of space to look its best, IMO, and I think it would make a small house look like a broom closet in Versailles. Besides, when wet it would be so slippery.
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Yeah, I worry about that in the bathrooms. Maybe the ceramic tiles would be better.

Not talking a lot of area either kitchen, foyer and both bathrooms together are less than 200 sq-ft.

I could put in really expensive stuff, say $25/sq-ft and it would only be 5 grand. But I don't want to slip & fall either, that's like death to old folks.
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Yeah, I worry about that in the bathrooms. Maybe the ceramic tiles would be better.

Not talking a lot of area either kitchen, foyer and both bathrooms together are less than 200 sq-ft.

I could put in really expensive stuff, say $25/sq-ft and it would only be 5 grand. But I don't want to slip & fall either, that's like death to old folks.
These days I think that there are a lot of tiles available in neat patterns (like the wood look patterns) that are not slippery at all. I agree about falls being awful for old folks. I'd much rather not slip at all, than slip and have to recover from a broken hip in my old age.
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These days I think that there are a lot of tiles available in neat patterns (like the wood look patterns) that are not slippery at all. I agree about falls being awful for old folks. I'd much rather not slip at all, than slip and have to recover from a broken hip in my old age.
Older people often do not pay enough attention to avoidance of falls, and if there is a fall, minimizing injury. There are many good papers on the web about best flooring as one gets older. Usually it comes down to wall to wall carpet is much better than whatever is next best. There are also various brands of anti-slip flooring for bathrooms.

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The wood-look tile has the grain stamped in and is not as slippery as stone-look porcelain tile or marble. Look at Home Depot's Marrazzi Montagna Saddle Brown for pictures of the basic wood-look porcelain tile. You will need to keep both a dust mop and a wet mop handy, because the darker colors show dust and dirt.
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We put in marble in our master bathroom remodel - but it was a basketweave pattern - so there are enough joints to avoid the slippery factor. It was $10/foot for the tile - DH did the labor - which was intensive since the subfloor was redone and then leveled properly. That floor is there forever. And yes - the floor makes me feel wealthy, even though it was only 100sf of marble floor.
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That's pretty cool, I like that -
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We put in marble in our master bathroom remodel - but it was a basketweave pattern - so there are enough joints to avoid the slippery factor.
That looks very much like the tile floor that was in my parent's house while I was growing up in the 1950's. The house was built ~1943 and had the original tile all the time we lived there.
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All tiles have a coefficient of friction which should be looked at for wet areas.

New Standard Measures Coefficient of Friction for Ceramic Tile
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I just got to thinking that one indicator of wealth is the ability to not get upset over one of life's misadventures that costs you money you hadn't planned on having to spend.

Knowing you can handle this unscheduled repair without it impacting your lifestyle.
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Exactly. Same here in New Orleans, either "drug kingpin" or "pimp running slavery/prostitution ring".

I don't think anybody else around here is very concerned about what make of car they are driving, or it's age.
Yeah here along the TexMex border when that Ferrari blasts past me I'm thinking narcotraficante.....
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Yeah, that's it. When I'm sitting in first class sipping a cocktail on the runway during boarding I feel "rich"
I like to be the last person to board on plane and sit way on the back because I have ear plane.
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Well - I just slept 9+ hours on a 13 hour flight in a lay flat bed. VERY much worth it to me. I happen to have traveled quite a bit in coach, not sleeping, arriving in Europe between 5-7am, and spending the next week trying to get over the lag. That sure detracted from the fun.
Well, after my last flight to Europe (coach, as always) I did pay the price for the sleeping pill not kicking in. I only dozed a bit during the 8 hr. flight, and arrived in the AM. This was the first time I had been unable to sleep in coach, and it DEFINITELY interfered with my preparation for the tour that started the next day. Ouch. I may need to re-think the choice of coach if I want to fully function the next time I go.......

Thought it would never come to this.........but I am no longer 24, able to prop myself and sleep just about anywhere...

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How much flooring you could buy would depend a lot on the used-dog market where you live.

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If it was me, I'd sell the dog, put in the most gorgeous high end hardwood flooring I could find, and be done with it with lots of that $80K left over I'd think.
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The Cognac was getting low and the girlfriend will be over tomorrow and I thought I'd get her something nice;



Only $160 at BevMo and comes with 2 sexy glasses -
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The Cognac was getting low and the girlfriend will be over tomorrow and I thought I'd get her something nice;



Only $160 at BevMo and comes with 2 sexy glasses -
Interesting throughout this thread how our individual perceptions shape responses. My first thought was "OMFG, $160 for a bottle of Liquor." But, this is a sipper, likely many nights of enjoyment; compares well on the price point to several "reasonable" $30-40 bottles of wine--and a steal compared to d'Yquem !
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The BevMo I have been in sells cigars to go with that at $8 to $25 per cigar. Did you pick up a couple of those to go with the sipping stuff?
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