i've always lived in old farmhouses, until i bought this place. it has the prettiest green carpet- i love the color. but i HATE having to take care of it. i'm making plans for building my long-awaited house. i'm pretty sure i don't want carpet. not sure i am up to the waxing and buffing, or expense, of hardwood. what i want is something that looks nice, but above all is low maintenance. i am a busy woman, and want to make my housekeeping as easy as possible. upon occasion, i sometimes have livestock living in my house for short periods of time. in the winter i have two really old dogs that snooze by the fire until spring. gretchen is not always continent. any suggestions?? the place will be around 1000 sq. ft. and i expect i'll like to do all the floors the same. so practical, durable, easy maintenence and at least a step above concrete that can just be hosed off. too cold in the winter. :haha: i mean, i'd go ask the guys at lowe's, but they always look at me strange when i tell them what i need :bash: . any suggestions??