Thanks to a very nice Christmas bonus from mediaRAIN, We bought some laminate flooring for our living room. I've been excited about this for a while. In fact, ever since an unpleasant discovery just after we bought the house. We removed a sofa left by the old owners, strategically positions to cover a huge "stiff spot" in the carpet. (No wonder that sofa was positioned in an awkward place...)
We had lots of help, and we basically finished in one day. I love the way it looks, and hopefully it raises the value of our home a little as well...
The next big home investment: Granite counter tops. Come on uncle Sam, give us a beefy tax return!
Thanks everyone for your help!
If you are interested in doing pergo or similar laminate flooring, I recommend it. It was very easy to put in, and only cost $2 a sq foot. All in all the project was around $900. One big bonus is that you can slide really well with just socks on. When you come over you can try it.