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Picking our flooring

Posted: May 20, 2007 in House & Garden

Jess and I took a trip to the hardwood flooring place today. There were lots of gorgeous choices, from different oaks to many exotic woods from Brazil to Australia. I could see the wheels turning in Jess's head when she started looking at all the exotic woods. Worried that wood for our floor would come from some rainforest somewhere, or worse, that some rainforest had been chopped down to grow trees for hardwood floors, we asked about how sustainable some of the woods are. Of course, no one there had any idea.

We checked the brochure to see what it had to say, and found that Bamboo (of all things) is pretty much the most eco-friendly option. We looked at the bamboo displays, and were surprised to find that it was actually cheaper than most of the hardwoods. So we took a few samples, but for the price, it's going to be tough to beat.

Here's a pic of a bamboo floor.

Pretty nice. Tomorrow the guy is going to take some measurements, and give us a quote for labor. Same for the carpets.

I think we're going to have a pretty nice place in the end.

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