Best Open Concept Flooring in House with dogs, kids, cats
My question is flooring. I would really love one type of flooring throughout the open-concept space and well, on the whole main floor. I love hardwood and thought I'd settled on oak (hardest) but now I'm having second thoughts.
I have pets who have big muddy paws, nails and wet fur when it rains/snows/thaws, plus 3 active kids who bounce in and out with friends all day long. I can't get rid of them but I don't want my beautiful and expensive floor to be destroyed either. And hardwood in the kitchen terrifies me!
Can anyone in a similar situation suggest what has worked for them? I did consider porcelain throughout, but I'm scared this will be a cold and ugly alternative for the WHOLE floor and really not my first choice. Has wood worked for anyone? I would, of course, put area rugs down and maybe I can convert the little foyer into a "mud room" to dry off the dogs before they come in the main area from the patio doors, as they do now. Thinking out loud...
Thanks for any input!