I've recently bought a Mattamy home that will be built by July 2013. Next week I have my appointment with the design consultant and am unsure of what type of flooring to get for the kitchen. I really like rectangular tiles that are set in a brick pattern but have also seen a lot of kitchens in magazines and renovation shows with hardwood flooring. I love the look of hardwood floors in the kitchen (and it would actually save me some money compared to the rectangular tiles) but am concerned about maintenance and wear and tear. Does anyone have experience with hardwood floors in the kitchen? Any advice?