I am looking for a laminate floor system where the end groove and the edge groove are compatible. That is, I want planks I can do herringbone patterns with.
I want laminate because it seems to be sturdier than hardwood for normal abuse. Alternately, I will go with tile, but this will mean an awful lot of tile cutting, or the use of an impossible number of squares and a lot of grout.
Yes, this is a DIY project. I've done a Konnecto floor, a single sheet vinyl floor, a laminate floor. I've put up tile showers and back splashes. Now I want to do something interesting.
This is Double basket weave. Visualize done with a say, a red oak plank surrounding a light grey marble. This pattern can be done with a plank that is 2S +Pw long. (S= size of square, Pw = plank width.) This can be pre-assembled in large squares. (If I did this one in tile, I would try doing these on 3/4 ply, then cementing the 3/4 ply squares down. Go ahead tell me it won't work.)
This is single basket weave. While Double can be pre-assembled in squares, single has to be laid on site. Much tougher proposition. This I think is the hardest pattern to lay.
This is longbox. It can be done entirely with planks if lengh exact multiple of width.It's also boring.
This is Peano. (Search peano curve and math) This can be done with pavers twice as long as they are wide. The dark curve divides the space into two disjoint areas. The outer yellow and inner yellow could be different. Note too that the brown has no + intersections with the yellow. This one would be fun to do as an outdoor patio.
This is French. Pl = 2s, Pw = 1/3 S. Of course there are variations of the pattern using a different square for the stripes than for the blocks.