Some people think I’m crazy for such a project. But not me! I’m a bachelor so can do with my house as I want. My living room really was an empty room with a carpet, totally unused since I have a social / man-cave room upstairs. I will go forth keeping in mind the option to revert back to a living room.
I went ahead and removed the dirty/busted/stained MDF cheap base molding. Second, ripped up carpet and carpet pad. Really is amazing to see the history of pet stains in your carpet when you do this :) And then the joy of getting rid of it knowing what you know now! (I did buy this house on a short sale deal). So now I have bare concrete visible slab. Next, consideration for the flooring. At first, I was thinking vinyl plank flooring with the wood grain look. I also long ago bought foam squares with wood grain look but only had about 40 square feet of the stuff. Was actually surprised at how well it held up for a couple days testing it out. But I know chisels or sharp object would fall upon the floor so foam pads were out. Looked at laminate flooring. Decided on the best of the best for living room. Pergo+ or something like that. Waterproof with a thick top layer for wear & tear and attached padding. Wasn’t too bad installing the pergo. 2 guys took 4 lazy days to finish it off. Still have to install base molding.
I will have to keep the flooring perspective in mind when comes time move wood working stuff in. I have a dinky wood working bench table that weighs less than 100lbs. If I go do my own roubo and other projects, floor protection will need to be considered. For now, flooring is complete.
-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"