We're about to start building a house and will have timber floors to the main living area, dining area, kitchen and hall.
We have two options of timber-
Beech, which we love the look of and the price is good
Blackbutt, which both the builder and floor man said they'd choose as it's harder so less likely to mark. Don't love the colour as much, though DH does, but the fact that it's harder appeals to us when we have kids - things will drop and get dragged no doubt. The blackbutt is $1000 more and we could get it but it would be tighter financially as it would have to be paid for out of our pocket.
Which would you choose?