Bathrom Floor Tiling Project – Floor Preparation Completed

Last time, in our continuing bathroom floor tiling home renovation project, Bennett had completed screwing down the many loose areas of the particle board sub-floor to eliminate the significant squeaks.

As well, he had used his level to ensure that the floor was sufficiently, well, level for the SnapStone porcelain floor tile.

He then proceeded to install plywood board on top of the existing sub-floor. There were several reasons he took this approach. We already told you last time that we felt we needed to remove the many gaps in the sub-floor for the SnapStone tile product.

There were two additional reasons we took this approach.

First, as mentioned in a prior article in this series, the bedroom which was adjacent to the bathroom also used the same carpet on its floor. Therefore, there would have been an issue with the top off the carpet in the adjoining bedroom being taller than the top of the tile in the bathroom. You typically want them to be the same height, otherwise it simply looks like a very sloppy home renovation job.

In the picture below you can see our dog, Sandy, inspecting the opening for the pocket door between the bedroom and bathroom being renovated; as well as, of course, she was inspecting Bennett’s work so far. icon wink Bathrom Floor Tiling Project   Floor Preparation Completed

bathroom floor meets adjoining bedroom floor Bathrom Floor Tiling Project   Floor Preparation Completed

Second, the height of the floor in the bathroom was important for another reason. Our daughter whose bedroom is next to the bathroom and whose bathroom we were renovating uses a 4 wheeled walker in our home. And the bottom of her walker’s handles exceeded the top of the bathroom sink by only about ¼ of an inch. If the floor height was less than her walker’s handles would not have fit over the sink, causing usability issues.

Therefore, we needed the height of the tiled bathroom floor to be no less than the height of the prior carpeted floor.

Now, if you have been following along in this home renovation series on our bathroom floor tiling project, you might remember why there is a round hole at one end of the plywood board which Bennett has cut and is bringing into the bathroom as shown in the picture below.

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OK, you can see the answer in the picture below once this first piece of plywood floor board is put into place. Yes, that hole which Bennett made into the board was to surround the flange for the toilet.

laying bathroom floor board Bathrom Floor Tiling Project   Floor Preparation Completed

Bennett said that he cold have removed the entire flange and made the hole smaller, rather than cutting the two small circular pieces and placing them directly underneath the flange. However, he felt that this approach would be preferred with the so called floating floor tile product from SnapStone, in that the small separation between the thin cut piece of floor board underneath the flange and the larger piece would provide a small amount of give under the tile for when a person sat on the toilet itself. We’ll see.

bathroom floor board in and around toilet flange Bathrom Floor Tiling Project   Floor Preparation Completed

Once the remaining pieces of the floor board were cut and put in place, Bennett proceeded to once again screw the boards to the existing particle board sub-floor. It took him about an hour. He used a lot of screws. Bennett is nothing if he is not thorough.

screwing bathroom floor board Bathrom Floor Tiling Project   Floor Preparation Completed

Next time, our home maintenance bathroom floor tile project continues.

Select this link to the next article, which sees us comments the installation of the SnapStone porcelain floor tiles in the bathroom.

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