We are first time homebuyers and our "new" home is from the 1850s. One room downstairs has beautiful old wood floors, but the rest of the house has either been covered over by hardwood or carpeting, or carpeting over vinyl tiles...we definitely want to remove the carpeting, but are not sure if we can work with the pine boards underneath, or if we need to be resigned to hardwoods over them...help!!! And should we leave the hardwood alone, or pull that up as well? It looks nice but we love the old floors.
If there's any way we can use the original floor boards we want to, but we are being told that it is just subfloor and that we need to cover them up with hardwoods. We are so new to this, and we really need some advice!! I'm trying to attach photos but it won't let me, but I'll try again in a moment. Thanks in advance for any advice you can give.