How To Install Oversized Floor Tiles

Old Light Floor Tile Against Dark Hardwood Flooring

A few days ago we provided a summary of the many articles we wrote about preparing both a previously tiled floor as well as one covered with linoleum for new oversized floor tiles. Today, we provide you with the listing of the articles, with many pictures, we wrote about the installation of oversized 24 inch by 24 inch floor tiles upon completing the many steps involved with first preparing both floors. As a reminder,our floor tiling project began with 23 year old tiled flooring in our … [Read more...]

Caulking On Top Of Floor Tile Grout

Floor Tile Againt Wooden Hand Rail Base

In the last article within this floor tiling home renovation project series, we showed and discussed the need to paint the baseboard trim after the floor tile was installed. Today, we look at a technique I had not previously come across. Apologies in advance as most of the pictures in this article are just a little blurry. OK, OK, a lot blurry. Sorry. Now to me, this part of our newly installed porcelain tiled front hallway floor looks finished. It has the grout nicely applied between the … [Read more...]

Color Coordinating Floor Tiles

Grey Floor Tile Against Dark Brown Hardwood

In the previous article within our floor tile home renovation project, we showed the solution to finishing the entrance from the sunken living room to the newly tiled front hall. With most of the tile installation tasks completed, I wanted to show you what our new front foyer and adjoining room looks like with our new over-sized floor tile. Now, here are two before pictures showing the front hall with the 23 year old original floor tile first from the entrance to the house and second from … [Read more...]

Finishing Tile Floor By Open Stairway

Basement Stair Riser Exposed After Floor Tile Removed

In our previous article within this floor tiling home renovation series, we looked at the completion of the laying floor tile along the hallway floor edge to a sunken living room and along the edge of the front door. Today I wanted to focus on the situation by the open stairway from the front hall to the basement. Here is a picture of this area just after the old floor tile was removed at the start of this home renovation or make over project. Remember, that from an earlier … [Read more...]

Laying The Last Of The Tiles

Border Needed

In the last floor tiling article, we looked at the laying of the triple glass tile border around the smaller 18 inch by 18 inch porcelain floor tile, as well as finishing the tile in the floor of both closets. In this article, we see the last of the floor tiles laid in our front hallway and adjoining laundry room. Now, as fortune and a little bit of planning would have it, once the full tiles were laid, starting from the hallway entrance from the kitchen, we were left with a gap of … [Read more...]

Laying Floor Tile For Basement Stairs Edge, Closets and Tile Insert

Metal Floor Tile Edge

Last time in our continuing floor tiling home renovation project we saw much of the floor in the front foyer and laundry room covered with the large 24 inch by 24 inch porcelain floor tiles. Today we see the remaining floor areas completed. First, notice the use of a metal edger against the two tiles by the stairway to the basement. It was decided that since the door handles inside the house, the faucets, shower heads, etc. were all either brushed nickel or chrome that we would go … [Read more...]

Newly Tiled Floor Takes Shape

Floor Tiling Project Resumes

In the previous article within our floor tiling home renovation project series, we discussed the issue, or non issue as it were, with the hairline cracks in the additional supporting base cement. Today I thought I would pause in talking about any particular installation aspect and show you the progression made by Mike, one of the installation professionals installing our new front hall and adjoining laundry room tiled floor. The above picture is pretty much where we left off last time, … [Read more...]

Hairline Cracks In Floor Tile Cement Base

Initial Cracks in Floor Tile Supporting Concrete

In the last article within this floor tiling home renovation project series, much but not all of the laundry room floor was tiled. This was the day after additional cement mixture was placed on top of the recently added metal screen intended to support the new large floor tiles. The theory was that the weight of the 24 inch by 24 inch floor tiles would not be supported by additional cement mixture needed on top of the metal screen to level the tiles due to a minor slope in the particle … [Read more...]

Starting To Lay Laundry Room Floor Tiles

Laundry Room Tile Starting Point

In the previous article within our floor tile home renovation project series, it was decided that more concrete was needed to be laid down to level the floor before any further of the 24 inch by 24 inch floor tiles were laid. Now, the contractors are ready to install the floor tile in the laundry room adjacent to the front foyer. The starting point at the beginning of the day is shown in the picture below. There are already two floor tiles laid at the door opening to the front … [Read more...]

Adding More Concrete Mixture To Level Floor

Adding Concrete Tile Laying Mixture

In the prior article within this tile installation home renovation project series, we discussed how a support beam caused part of the front hall floor to be a little unlevel and the impact it had on the newly laid floor tile. Today I thought I would show you where the additional flooring concrete mixture was added to level the floor. First, here is a picture of the area by the living room and basement stairway. That is quite a large amount of mixture added. What I tried to get in … [Read more...]

Floor Surface Leveling Issue

Freshly Laid Floor Tiles

Last time, we looked at the approach in dealing with the area of the new tiled floor into which the tile insert will be laid. This time, we examine an issue with the prepared floor surface. The issue is not that the surface was inadequately prepared. The issue is that just a few inches away from the wall in the front foyer there is a protruding ridge, one likely caused by a main support beam. Remember that as each tile is laid a level is used to ensure that the tile itself is level … [Read more...]

Placement For Floor Tile Insert

First Row Of Floor Tiles By Kitchen Floor

In the last article within this floor tiling renovation project series, we began to lay floor tiles at the end of the front hallway by the kitchen. Today we look at the approach used for the area in the floor which was to receive the special floor tile insert. It was decided to start with full tiles at the entrance to the kitchen as this area would be more visible than the area by the front door. It was decided that this first day of floor tile laying would not focus on the special … [Read more...]

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