Jo asked the key question. Are you concerned about resale or just want what you want? If resale plays a big role in your decision then neither carpet nor tile through the first floor is the best answer. Tile, as Jo indicates is kind of "beachie" and somewhat leaves most folks with a cold feeling. Carpet will stain and show wear quicker that anything else. My suggestion is a combination of tile and hardwood. This gives you a durable floor that will has a degree of warmth and practicality at the same time.
Mortgage Loan Officer
BenchMark Realtors, LLC
BenchMark Mortgage, LLC
What are trying to do here....live like you want or are you thinking of resale (now or in the near future)? Tile throughout the main floor is very personalized and will cut out a lot of potential buyers for the future. About the only place wall to wall tile works is at the beach - I know from your zip code, you are at least 5 hours away.
Have you thought about going a little green with bamboo???? It is environmentally kind, durable, much cheaper than hardwood and is a natural (not engineered) product. Folks who know will be drawn to your floors and your savvy.
They come is a multitude of stains and plank sizes. Go be environmental responsible and have great looking floors.
Lipsey Shaner Team LLC
Keller Williams Realty
When you say engineered, I'm wondering if you mean laminate? If so, check out some of the non-laminate engineered wood products that are available for slab installation. You may be pleasantly surprised.