OK .... It's looking like I am soon to be at the point where I can do something to my floors. My house was built in the 1970's and has carpet throughout.... probably the original carpet! te he! It is full of sand and dust and I am thinking that I just might like to have hardwood floors. My house does have a crawl space underneath, although I am not sure it is big enough for a person to actually crawl under there (it is, I guess, just for ventilation), and I am not sure exactly what is under this carpet .... but it's firm and I don't see why a hardwood floor couldn't be installed. Now, I know that there is that stuff you can buy and just snap it together as you go, and instantly have a hardwood floor. But I thought that was pretty pricey myself, and it actually looks flimsy to me ..... You know, every little nick is gonna show and you will lose your perfect little floor. So, can someone tell me why I can't build a hardwood floor the way they used to do it? And just how did they used to do it anyhow? lol ..... I am not looking for an immaculate or perfect floor. I have a woodstove in here too, and I am going to put some kind of tile underneath and around that. I would be more then happy with something akin to the floor in the local hardward store/turned craft emporium tea room, that was built more then 100 years ago ..... with all of it's nicks and bangs. So .... how do I go about this? lol Any suggestions? Websites I might check out? Woodsmokeinherhair!