The house I live in has bad kitchen floor karma. It is in the process of having it's 4th kitchen floor since the house was built: White linoleum, cheap wood like laminate, expensive stone like laminate, and finally expensive stone like Congoleum. The first floor looked cheap. The second floor looked better, but the workmanship and product were so bad that after a year I decided to replace it. The third floor looked okay, but the refrigerator leaked and the wood core warped.
Here are the pictures from yesterday and today (click on picture for larger image). This is a Congoleum DuraCeramic floor. It is laid like tile. The tiles I chose look like slate. Chuck, from Carpet One, is doing the work. He's a 65-year-old chatty fellow, but a hard worker, and he does good work.
After the first day, this is what the kitchen looks like. The old floor has been removed, and the smell from the trapped fridge leak dampness was truly awful. Chuck said there was no mold, so he dried out the floor with fans and commenced to lay the new floor. The stove and fridge (yes it has been repaired) are waiting at the far end of the room.
After the second day, the tile is all down, the stove and fridge are at home in their spots, and part of the grouting has been done. Sammy and Persy are more concerned about their late dinner than they are about the new floor smells.
April 8, 2007, edited to move review out of comments and into the blog entry: