So now the floors are (mostly) down, and we're waiting (and actually ready now) for cabinets to come in. I knew these floors would look good, but they really look incredible. And the room looks huge now!
I did lots of research and a long while back had picked a few options from Lumber Liquidators but actually found the best deal at Build Direct thanks to Dana at House*Tweaking revealing her choice. They were just what I was looking for: dark, rich, varied, handscraped, and cheaper than anything else I'd found. I talked a bit about them here, but you can go see the floors (and buy them too!) here. About $2.50/sq. ft. is an amazing price. And you won't be skimping either. These are the same quality as what I saw at LL for which they were charging at least $1.00/sq. ft. more. And that adds up, friends. By the way, ordering, delivery, and installation were a breeze.
You can see the variation in tones a bit better here. The handscraping means the floor has a textured surface and an already somewhat worn feel which will make all the little dings and scratches the floors are sure to get over the years look perfectly at home there. They also have a pretty matte finish which should be easier to care for than a highly polished surface. And they're wide plank, adding to the somewhat antique look. I'm in love.