Our carpet was falling apart in the high traffic zone leading up to the kitchen (no surprise that the kitchen is the high traffic zone in our place) so we extended the entry way all the way to the kitchen and laundry room.
See the join? That is where the entry ended before and the carpet started.
A little bit of flooring makes a large bit of difference…it changes the sense of space and changes the sense of sound as we walk through. Well, that’s the tax refund $$$ at work for you. That and the new scanner, which I’m still figuring out.