Ive heard it said that its helpful to live in your home before renovating, to get a feel for how you actually use the space and what you really want from the renovation. Well, this Upper East Side homeowner lived in his apartment for 40 years. So he had a pretty good idea.

The floor may not be the first thing you think of when planning your new kitchen — but that doesnt mean a floor cant make or break a kitchen. Here are 9 kitchens with floors so beautiful, so eye-catching, you may have a hard time looking at anything else.