Ok, here's my fantasy: hardwood floors with radiant heat! It sound luxurious and extravagant, but supposedly the amount you'd spend heating the floors will directly reduce the amount your heater needs to heat the air.
And, here's a question for all of you who find hardwood/laminate easier to clean: How on earth DO you clean it?
I've got laminate in the kitchen/dining room and we recently got a dog. Before that I was sweeping every 2-3 days and Swiffer mopping every 1-2 weeks. But, now with the dog, the broom just sends the hair flying. I have a lousy (but $300 top-rated Kenmore upright) vacuum that works on dog hair, but doesn't pick up sand or food crumbs. I'm very frustrated and the floor is a complete mess!
So, what do you use? Swiffer? A small stick vac? A Dyson? And, what about those steam floor cleaners; are they worth it?