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Mixing new hardwood with old heart pine?

Our 1840 greek revival cape has heart pine in the original rooms. Prior to our purchase of the house, a family room with w/w carpeting was added to the end of the original upstairs. Since moving in, we replaced stairway and upstairs hall carpeting with oak hardwood. Perhaps that was a mistake, but we wanted durable with two young boys.

The 4th upstairs room of original cape is still carpeted and it is between the hardwood hall and the carpeted family room addition.

We want all of the floors to be wood and have the following question. Do we restore the currently covered heart pine in the fourth room? This would be what we would do if it were not flanked by the oak hardwood in the hallway and what will probably become oak hardwood in the family room when we remove carpet. Family room currently has plywood underfloor - never had wood floors. Please note that there are no doorways between these three adjacent spaces, just 4' wide openings. What would you do? We welcome all opinions and input! Thanks. Arlington, MA

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Re: Mixing new hardwood with old heart pine?

I personally like symmetry and would run oak everywhere. If you want to see what the pine looks like, pull the carpet and leave the pine exposed for a while. If you like the look against the oak, leave it, if not, oak it.

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