The original plan was to use tile that resembled wood as way to reduce costs. However the cost of installing tile turned out to be significantly greater than wood so we switched to using engineered hardwood flooring. Unlike a natural wood floor engineered wood flooring is made of several layers glued together. This makes for a stronger floor that may used on top of concrete and radiant floor heating. A maple wood was selected to go with the kitchen cabinets. After floor installation is completed a protective wrap is taped to the floor and lower cabinets to prevent any damage while the house construction is completed. Floor installation pictures are in the Hardwood Flooring Gallery.