One of the biggest tasks so far has been getting a solid floor under our feet. We moved onto bare concrete floors, which -- although crude -- was quite nice as we didn't have to remove old flooring. There was still mastic on the floors, so it took a lot of prep which involved Bean-e-doo and -- in the end -- a wet grinder. The grinder was nice to ensure the high-spots were taken down a bit. We rented this from Cresco for about $150/day.
We contracted with Abbey Carpet/Contra Costa Floors for the installation. We chose black Armstrong Excelon tile (VCT) for installation though the whole house (save the bathrooms which will have black unglazed tiles)... about 1800 square-feet in total. The price -- installed -- ran about $4500. A quote from Anderson Carpet ran a few thousand more which made the choice easier.
Fernando and his crew did an excellent job and it took about a day-and-a-half to install. We moved everything into the garage (including us) for the preparation. We also removed all of the baseboards and some of the door frames so that they could carry the flooring all the way to the edges (which will hopefully eliminate any blank spots later on). The overall fit was quite nice -- and, with the black, hopefully easier to hide the seams.
We really like our new floors and look forward to sealing them after we do a bit more of the dusty work.