I'm just about to start a new project- which I hope to chronicle on here. It's a beautiful 19th Century brick Italiante. It's a total gut job unfortunately. I'll be able to salvage most of the original mouldings but thats about it. The original heart pine floors were removed sometime ago. So here comes the issue...
I know Im going to have to replace the flooring so I've been researching sustainable and low VOC flooring. Of course Bamboo is an option...as is DuraPalm...reclaimed hardwoods...etc. But my god those options are 2-3X the cost of traditional pre-finished hardwoods. Just today I visited a local eco supply center- they have some amazing offerings for flooring, countertops, paints, etc. I was there to look at the DuraPalm flooring samples. The stuff is beautiful- but expensive...like $6-10 a sq ft. They had some great bamboo that doesnt look cheap(like the crap thats so popular), but even the less expensive stuff is $6 a sq ft. For a 1500 Sq ft home thats $9k for flooring. That will blow a rehab budget fast!
So I decided tonight to check out Lumber Liquidators for their bamboo. I found some stuff by Morning Star that I like- check it out. Its beautiful stuff and only $2.99 a sq ft. Man I was stoked to see that- so I did some research on. Do a Google Search for "morning star bamboo flooring review" and the very first review is this. Come to find out- while it may be sustainable- it's hardly healthy. The stuff is made with formaldehyde...exactly the kind of off-gassing stuff we avoid. Boom- there goes the cheap option.
So my question for everyone- what kind of floors are you guys seeing thats
B. Sustainable or reclaimed
C. Low or No VOC