Bamboo, Cork, or Wood Flooring for (Future) Dog Owners?

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Q: We'll be closing on a house at the beginning of March. The house was built in 1925, but it isn't a swanky craftsman style. It's pretty plain overall, with some nice woodwork that's painted. It's most likely that this is the house and we won't move again, since we're in our early 40s and set on settling in this area/neighborhood. We're child-free by choice, but we do plan to adopt a small- or medium-sized dog. I have serious allergies to mold and mildew, so even the best carpet in the world is not on the list. The current carpet is berber and it's one of the first things I want out of there, even though it looks new:

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Given all of the above, what's the best choice other dog owners have found? I don't want it to look too out of place with the era, even if we don't have the super-cool craftsman style house. Our decor style leans to clean-lined modern and unfussy, but it's pretty eclectic. I managed a high end boutique that had amazing cork floors and I loved their cushy feel (things bounced off of them!) and though some articles say they damage with weight, none of the super heavy displays seemed to cause that problem in the store, even when we dragged them around periodically.

I don't want to spend a fortune, but I would rather save up for the most durable and attractive flooring possible, since it's a big pain to replace and can really make or break a room. My gut tells me that the flooring under the carpet won't be hardwood, so that's why I am pondering options to budget for now.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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