Ok. Ours is not this grand but I love the change. Our improvision turned out perfectly.
The whole redoing and repairing process is slower than I anticipated but it's slowly coming together. Here's one more look at the new floors. I can't quit staring at them. What a difference it's made to continue the wood into the great room.
I have more dillemmas which I'll be sharing and soliciting opinions. I'm sure you know that when changing things, one thing calls for another.