To recap, we were able to pick new flooring when it was determined that the water damage and defects in the laminate indicated that the entire foyer/hall/powder room needed to be replaced. We selected Armstrong Hardscapes Handscraped Hickory in Candy Apple. Here is the flooring before (Armstrong Illusions Native Cherry laminate):
Here is the after:
Goodbye, squeaky, shiny laminate. Hello, beautiful, quiet hardwood! I could stare at it all day. It is gorgeous.