My brother-in-law was telling me this weekend that he and his wife are thinking about redoing their kitchen. He mentioned that he’s pretty sure that underneath the old linoleum there’s hardwood, like there is in the rest of the house. The hall way outside the kitchen is bare wood and it could use some refinishing, but it could be lovely and it would only be the work of a weekend. Instead, his wife is thinking about putting down more linoleum, linoleum that looks like tile, because it fits their budget and she really wants tile. I just don’t get it. If you can’t have what you want, work with what you have that you could make beautiful rather than covering it up with something that is your second best. They could always put tile in later if they don’t end up liking the wood.
They have a 5-year-old son so utility probably trumps beauty, but I don’t think wood floors are any less useful than linoleum, and they are much more beautiful.