Check out this thread for floor replacement...
Take a look at the link posted in post #11. If you run through the slide show at the bottom of the page you will see some before and after pictures of my installation.
It really isn't that difficult if you take your time and plan. And always..."measure twice and cut once."
I too prefer laminate for easy cleanup. The porduct I used is from Wilsonart. I left a piece outside last fall and throughout the winter. When I picked it up in spring, it was dirty, but it had not absorbed any water or swelled.