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Building a breakfast nook

Owners stuck on floor, ceiling, vent options

Q: We are adding on a breakfast nook (120 square feet of living space) with a single exterior French door, a 3-by-6-foot window on the opposite side, and a 7-by-5-foot-wide bay window on the exterior wall. It will have a cased entryway off of our current dining area. We need guidance for flooring and ceiling choices. 1. Floor -- our current kitchen has 19-year-old vinyl and will flow into the new addition. We would like to go as green as we can afford. Options: both areas with linoleum; linoleum to replace just the vinyl, with hardwood or laminate in the new addition; or carpet? 2. Ceiling -- our current house has 8-foot ceilings with popcorn ceilings. We hate it. We have also inherited my grandmother's crystal chandelier from Germany. We are considering a barn-style ceiling (cathedral with a flat center) or a trey ceiling to get a little additional clearance with smooth, painted sheetrock (we would love planks with exposed beams, but the budget was ruined by having to ch...