Help with kitchen counter & floors for a 1940's home.

October 19, 2012
We have a 1940's small craftsman home and are opening the kitchen to a family room with french doors to the back yard, with much traffic. The current floors in the old part of the house, will be refinished for the first time and the contractor says they look like white oak. The kitchen currently has vinyl flooring that will be replaced. The contractor suggests going with hardwood throughout. I am not sold on the hardwood floors for a kitchen. He also suggests granite for the kitchen counters. I currently have ceramic tile that needs replacing and I have fallen for white subway tiles for the back splash, but I can't see a granite countertop in this old house. The cupboards are oak and I am not replacing them. Any ideas how I can keep a 1940's "feel" to the house?

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