Mrs. Pennypacker and I have two large dogs. And these dogs have decided we need new flooring. We currently have hardwood floors in our kitchen and dinning areas. They looked great when we first moved in, but since then the dogs have contributed an inordinate amount of scratches, gouges, and general wear. Our bedrooms and living areas are carpeted. Sadly, our dogs have had a couple of nights where their bellies weren’t so cheery. Of course, carpets and sick dog stomachs don’t really get along well. The stains are numerous and stubborn. We’ve gone over them several times with our carpet washer, but no luck. Even a professional carpet cleaner fell short after two attempts. So, new flooring it is!
This past weekend we started the shopping process. Wow, is flooring expensive! Especially when they’re made of the high-tech dog resistant materials we need. We’re looking at somewhere between 5 and $7 per square foot for carpet and vinyl, including installation. The carpet will go in all the bedrooms and the vinyl planks, or luxury vinyl tiles as they’re sometimes called, will go everywhere else (except the bathrooms).
We weren’t really planning on buying new flooring at this point, but the dogs have spoken. So, we’ve decided to start saving up the money now and, with a little luck, we’ll have the money to buy new floors by January. If we really focus, I think we can buy floors and still accomplish our goal of paying our mortgage down to 42% by the end of the year.