We can probably all agree on this: Renovating isn't easy. Between the nail-biting decisions and the subcontractors who conveniently disappear after making a giant hole in your wall, the process is daunting. But it doesn't have to be. With this column, I hope to demystify some of the challenges, using my own experience as an example.
There's something reassuring about walking into a room with wood floors: the warm feeling underfoot, the richness of character, even the occasional squeak that's somehow a comfort. But choosing them for your home? That can be downright unnerving, given the more than fifty species of wood, the many shapes and sizes of the boards, and the various surface treatments. We've demystified the process by pinpointing the major decisions you'll be faced with throughout the purchase and installation.