One of the biggest "Phase 1" improvements we made was updating the floors throughout the house. The girls' bedrooms were recarpetted; the dining room was tiled (the most beautiful checkerboard - still so in love);
How to install wood laminate flooring from Select Surfaces bought at Sam's Club. The wood laminate flooring is perfect for the DIYer since it is very affordable, durable and easy to install. My husband who has installed luxury vinyl plank in 4 rooms found this easier to install. We love it. See more photos of how it looks, the color we used and more over on In My Own Style blog.