we are currently grappling with the decision of the upstairs flooring. i am endlessly confident and comfortable with our decision to do a poured concrete floor on the first floor. while it may be hard, it's indestructible and easy to clean. three dogs and probably a cat and a lot of muddy boots later, i'm going to darned thankful for all that lovely moppable concrete. but let's go back upstairs where we have a subfloor to cover.
wood is an easy choice, right? and i love these gorgeous wide plank floors from dinesen. more than the plank, i love the simple lye & soap finish. no shine, just honest barefaced wood. (the word polyurethane just makes me cringe.) so you'd think we have it all figured out. except these floors are mostly douglas fir. softwood... not a dog-friendly thing. and toenail track marks are not the kind of beautiful patina that usually makes me love old things so. but of course hardwood costs a bundle more. a huge freaking bundle.
there are all kinds of wood samples floating around the house right now. i'm counting the pennies in the piggy bank and debating form and function. i'm so tempted to go with the pine and just let life happen and let the house create its own story. our dogs have always been part of that story, maybe it's not such a bad thing?
any thoughts on dogs and floors? hardwoods vs. soft? any solutions we may have missed?