Lake House Flooring Ideas

We are finally getting to the good stuff in this whole house building project, and I’m excited to share some of my flooring selections with you all. Today, I’m focusing on the main floor. Flooring is probably one of the scarier things to pick out, because it feels so permanent. I wanted to pick something classic that I would love for the next 20 years and not something trendy that would drive me crazy by next season. So, I went with very neutral and natural looking elements. Check it out.


I’m so excited to be working with BuildDirect again on this project! I received product in exchange for this review, but all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. If you haven’t shopped with BuildDirect before, it’s online Marketplace connects you directly with the sellers of home improvement products at a great savings. One of my favorite things about BuildDirect is they send free samples right to your front door. I’ve been driving all over the place to pick out selections for this house, dragging my poor kids with me, so it was nice to shop for flooring in my yoga pants from home. BuildDirect has so many home improvement products to choose from and their flooring selection especially is awesome. I loved the fact that I could quickly compare different flooring side by side without spending hours in a store. I narrowed it down to several options I wanted to see in person, ordered my free samples and received them the next day. That’s another perk when shopping with BuildDirect, their customer service is great and they even have a free virtual Design Center to help you plan your next project.

Lake House Flooring Ideas

If you remember, our last house had super dark espresso flooring, which was beautiful, but the dark color showed every little crumb. This time around, I was determined to go lighter. I found lots of great options of wide plank engineered hardwood, but I fell in love with this Vanier European Oak Whitewash Collection flooring. It comes in 7 1/2 inch wide planks, and it has a brushed finish, which is so cottagey and worn feeling without being too rustic. Bonus, I sprinkled sand and granola bar crumbs on it (my kids got really into making crumbs for me to test it out!) and you couldn’t even tell because it’s basically the same color, which should cut down on my daily sweeping. Here’s a more detailed look from BuildDirect’s website. I think it’s going to look great with the salvaged beams we are using in the house.

Floor and BuildDirect

It’s so beautiful in person and I can’t wait to see it installed. It’s also going to go down our staircase and be in part of the basement as well. It’s such nice neutral color, not yellow, not pink just a beautiful worn natural looking wood.

I wasn’t crazy about having wood floor in our entryway at the last house – especially with the snowy winters we get. So this time around, we decided on tile not only in the mudroom/laundry room/powder room, but also in the front entry as well. We went with this beautiful Janeiro Slate Tile (again a classic) in Montauk Blue. We are doing a brick pattern in the mudroom area like this –

A close up of a slate tile

and the Versailles Pattern in the front entry for a little something different. Although ours will still have lighter grout like the pic above.


Lastly, the tile for our master bathroom will be this pretty Salerno Porcelain Tile – Wilderness Series. It looks like white washed wood planks, and I think it’s going to be so calm and warm especially with my free standing tub.


If you are in the market for new flooring yourself, now is a good time to save at BuildDirect. They are kicking off their big Spring Sale today, you can check it out here. It runs through March 31st with savings up to 50% off on over 8,000 products including wood flooring, carpet, tile, decking, siding and more!

Outdoor furniture with text

The painters have been busy in the basement all week, so I’ll have more fun updates to share next week!


Wood Floors – Vanier European Oak Whitewash Collection 

Slate Tile – Janeiro Slate Tile

Slate Tile Versailles Pattern –  Versailles Pattern 

Wood Tile – Salerno Porcelain Tile – Wilderness Series

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    1. It was actually the original mantel beam from the old cottage we tore down to build here. Sorry that’s not more helpful!

  1. What colour of flooring did you end up going with?
    I can’t decide between the Dover and Robin!

  2. WOW! Stunning wood floors! I would also like to know the specific style of your floors. There are 3 possible matches for the European Oak Whitewash Collection, and I was also hoping you would give the style…I’m guessing it’s “Robin Bandsawn”.

    Thank you!

      1. Thank you Kelly! Are you “oiling them every 3-5 years? If so, how much much and inconvenience do you feel it is?

        Thank you again,
        Netty in California

        1. Hi Netty, I actually just did the Woca oil refresher on them a few weeks ago and I do think it helped. It was the first time we did it in the 3 years we had them – thanks

  3. Can you tell me the color of European Oak Whitewash Collection you put in? I see there are different colors and I can’t seem to find the one that looks like yours! Thank you!

    1. Yes, I have the same question! I LOVE your floors and am trying to match something our new floors to something similar. Thanks!

  4. 1. Gorgeous. 2. May I ask what color grout you used with the montauk blue and also for the white Salerno tile? Thanks!

  5. Scratch that! I missed the response to the last comment. Thank you!

  6. I love, love, love, the flooring! I received samples from Build direct and it seems the wood flooring feels a bit unfinished and rough. Did you put any kind of finish over it? The edges of the sample I received were also knicked up and I’m afraid they will wear like crazy with my little crazy running wild. Your pictures of the completed project look gorgeous! Serious design envy! I hope your family is enjoying it to the fullest!

  7. H Kelly, I love this post and keep coming back to it for the flooring. I ordered a sample of the wood flooring from Builders Direct. The color is perfect and it looks fantastic on your floors, however… it seems almost as if it would splinter or get easily dirty due to the texture. How is yours holding up? I want to put this in our little lake house but have teenagers, so a bit concerned about the wear and tear. Thanks!

    1. Hi Julie, it’s definitely not splintery but it does have more of rough raw texture. You do need to be careful with moisture on it because it absorbs more easily so wipe up spills quickly. Ours so far looks great but have tile in our entry ways so it doesn’t get a lot of dirt or mud on it. I just run a roomba style vacuum over it. It is a bit more high maintenance than other floors but I still love it and would have used it again.

  8. Hi – everything looks great that you’ve picked. I’m considering the same flooring for our master bathroom, the white Salerno wilderness tile. It would be so helpful if you could post a picture. Would it be possible?

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