Tradition has established the condition of her floors as the prime test of a good housekeeper, and the amount of effort that faithful homemakers have had to waste upon splintery, carelessly laid cheap hoards would, if it could be represented in money, buy marble footing for all of us.

But we don't want marble floors. We are not building a palace or a showplace, but a house to live in. We are not seeking magnificence, but comfort and durability (which are almost always allied), as well as sightliness (which is not always in the combination).