For the first floor living areas and kitchen, I selected a natural hickory from hardwoodbargains.com. Because they are based in Austin, Texas, I was able to visit their showroom to see it in person before purchasing.
Stair Landing & Bottom Treds
The stairs above the landing received carpet, but I wanted the landing and stairs leading into kitchen to look a bit nicer, so I installed oak treds, finished with a dark walnut stain.
The bottom left image shows what they looked like before I started; right image shows treds on bottom two steps with pine risers.
I purchased 3/4″ plywood for the two angled landings and purchased oak bullnose to round the edges. It was very difficult to get it lined up just right – and just as difficult screwing in tiny finish screws to secure it.
Because tile was covering only a very small percentage of the first floor, it was not a top design priority for me. My only requirement was that it be 18″x18″ and a dark brown to bring out the darkest brown in the hickory flooring. I found this dark brown porcelain tile from HomeDepot that fit the bill. Two of the tiles, for whatever reason, were noticeably thicker than the other tiles. Aside from that, I was satisfied with my selection.
I found some great carpet at a great price at The Carpet Stop in Austin. They could schedule the install within just a few days, so I had to pull a couple of almost-all-nighters to get everything ready before they arrived! My daughter Shelby did every inch of the base molding on the stair well!