I am going to install 2-1/4″ oak strip flooring (unfinished) in a kitchen and also an adjoining room. The kitchen has existing cabinets along two long walls (with a length of 14.5′(wall to wall) and 6′ between cabinet bases. At the one end of the kitchen is the adjoining room (7′ x 7′). The floor joist run the long way in both rooms.
The question is, which way is the best way to run the new floor, the long way (parallel to the joists) or the short way (perpendicular to the joists). I know that structually it is better to nail the new floor to the joist by running the boards in the short direction, but will it still look good. Or is it best, for the final look, to go the long way?