Well, not exactly a new build - it's about 15 years old. The original carpets have done a fantastic job, but they're looking quite worn and dirty now. In the last few years I've been a bit uncomfortable about carpets - they are never clean. I replaced any carpet downstairs (only in our living room) with reclaimed parquet flooring and I've been really pleased.
So. First of all, would I be making an enormous mistake in getting rid of the carpet upstairs? It's a massive space, so any decision would be enormously expensive to change.
Second of all, anyone know what new builds tend to have underneath their carpet (I know I could actually look, but I'm not at home)?
Finally how do runners work when you then have something different in the landing? Our landing is weirdly large, so if we went for a carpet runner, I wouldn't necessarily want the same on the landing.
At the moment we've got one carpet that does the stairs and all the bedrooms and landing upstairs (not in bathrooms), so the simplest thing would just be to replace like for like. But....
We are currently renting a house with carpet upstairs and I can't stand it, it's always so dirty and who knows what lives in there... we have just bought a house with brown shaggy carpet and carpet in the bathrooms and we are definitely not having carpet anywhere! I don't think I even want it on the stairs. I just feel like you just can't clean it properly. Before this house we had tiles and parquet and it wasn't noisy. Under the shaggy brown carpet in our 1983 house there are floor boards. If you want cosy after you can just buy a rug that you can easily throw away when its old.
LVT is brilliant, my dm has that and it hard wearing (she has dogs), looks great and washes easy. As for potential sound issues, my grandparents added sound isolation between the floors which made a massive difference. Believe it is the same for my dms as you can't hear people walking above you when in the ground floor.