Q: My extended family is building a house on the shores of Puget Sound (Washington). The house is being built on a hillside, and the kitchen and great room are above the garage. Can you recommend a floor covering for the kitchen and great room? It's a large space and will be subject to sand and dirt being tracked in, plus extreme moisture because of the rainy Northwest. We're open to unusual options, as long as they are moderate in cost and can be installed by nonprofessionals. My nephews are doing most of the work themselves, overseen by a cousin who is a general contractor. The guys have done a great job so far, and they're sure not bumbling novices. A: Building a house from the ground up is the consummate do-it-yourself project. We've been fortunate to experience this in our lives. I...
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