On April 15, 2008 we closed on a 1955 Mid-Century Modern home in Merriam, KS that was custom designed by the late Donald R. Hollis of Hollis + Miller Architects. We will be sharing our journey as we update the house to make it our own, while trying to stay as close to the original design as possible.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Limestone Entryway

When we had the asbestos tiles removed we asked the contractor to leave the flooring in the small entryway intact.  We really liked the look of that flooring, which was similar to black slate.  When the hallway carpet and the asbestos tiles were removed we discovered that the flooring was actually some sort of rubber, and it was not in as great shape as we had hoped.  Like it or not we would have to replace it.   We searched everywhere for something that would give us the same type of look, but were unable to find anything that would even come close.

So we decided to go with black slate tiles, and drove to the Tile and Stone Warehouse.  Once we got there, however, the black slate tile did not feel right for the space.  So we looked around and found some white limestone that we both really liked, but at $11.99 a square foot we could not justify the cost (the slate was only $3.50 a square foot).  However, we had 2 concerns with the limestone-durability and how hard would it be to keep clean with the three dogs.  We tried looking for ceramic tile that resembled limestone, but nothing came close.

While LD was looking for a source of cement board, she came across (the store where we almost purchased hardwood flooring).  To her surprise, she found white honed limestone from Jersusalem for $2.49/sq. ft.   So we purchased the limestone and got to work.  It turned out to be a better choice than we thought-the fossils in the limestone add to the naturalness of our home.  

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