Starting To Lay Floor Tile

Chalk Line

In the prior article within our floor tiling home renovation project series, the preparation of floor in the front foyer and adjoining laundry room had been completed. The project is now ready to start the tile laying task. Where to start? Where to lay the first tile? Well, since the visual focal point of the new floor was to be the tile insert in the middle of the front foyer, one needs to start at one end and build up towards that focal point. So, it was decided to begin at the … [Read more...]

Final Floor Preparations

Smoothing Excess Dried Concrete Thin Set

The last step completed in this continuing series on the installation of new tile flooring in our front foyer and adjoining laundry room, was the laying of the concrete thin-set into the metal screen and allowing it to sufficiently dry over night and most of the next morning. Yet, before any of the tile is laid, there are a few more preparation steps which need to be done. First, Brian trimmed off the portions of the now dried concrete mixture to have a smooth surface upon which the tile … [Read more...]

Applying Thin-Set Concrete to Sub Floor Metal Screen

Marking Initial Concrete Area

In our previous article in this floor tiling home renovation project, we had installed the metal tile screen onto the 1/2 inch plywood sub floor in preparation for the new large tiles. Today we quickly examine placing the thin-set concrete into the screen as the last step before the contractors can actually install the new floor tiles. Now, one doesn't need a lot of precision for this step. You just need to ensure you mix the right amount of water with the dry mix so the mud as they call … [Read more...]

Applying Metal Screen to Sub Floor for Tiling Support

Metal Screen For Tiles

In our last article within this floor tiling renovation project series, we had completed preparing the sub floors in both the front foyer and the adjoining laundry room. Now we are ready to install the metal screen which will help support the new large floor tiles. We haven't really talked about the actual floor tiles we have chosen for our front foyer and adjoining laundry room, have we? Well, we chose porcelain over ceramic for the additional strength which porcelain is supposed to … [Read more...]

Preparing The Front Hall Floor for Tiles – Part 2

Inserting Long Screws Into Sub Floor Depression Filled With Double Plywood

In our continuing series about our front hallway and adjoining laundry room floor tiling project, we reviewed the filling of the sub floor gaps by the stairs, laundry room and living room caused by the previously floors use of narrow yet thick marble inserts. Today we continue with the front hall floor's preparation for new tile. The next step to prepare the floor was of course to screw down the double narrow plywood inserts at the living room, stairs and kitchen areas. Now, look … [Read more...]

Preparing The Front Hall Floor for Tiles – Part 1

Sub Floor Gap From Marble Floor Edge

In our last few articles we reviewed the preparation of the laundry room floor for our joint front hall and adjacent laundry room floor tiling project. Today we look at the preparation of the front hall floor, after the original floor tiles have been removed. Look at the picture below. It shows the marble edge of the front hall floor floor at the entrance to the living room on the opposite side from the laundry room. This was taken prior to the front hallway's 23 year old original tiles … [Read more...]

Preparing Laundry Room Floor For Tiles – Part 2

Plywood On Top of Exposed Closet Floor

In the previous article within this floor tiling project series, we say the initial preparation for the laundry room floor. Today we continue the floor preparation tasks. At this point in the floor preparation process, the 1/4 inch plywood is placed loose on the laundry room floor for two purposes. First , the area of the floor vent is marked off to identify where to cut the its opening. Remember, measure twice and cut once. Notice the two pairs of markings for the vent opening on the … [Read more...]

Preparing Laundry Room Floor For Tiles – Part 1

Washer Dryer Area After Machines Moved

In our continuing series on floor tile installation in our front foyer and laundry room areas, we showed the result of removing the 23 year old tile from the front foyer floor. Today we look at the preparation of the linoleum covered floor of the adjacent laundry room which is to be covered by the same tile. Start at the beginning, right? So, first the washer and dryer were unhooked and placed in the garage. Then the door to the closet in the laundry room was removed and placed … [Read more...]

Bathroom Floor Tiling Project – Creating Vertical Skirt for Bathtub

Bathtub Rear Skirt Frame

Yesterday we wrote about how we leveled the top of the carpet in the adjacent bedroom to the top of the floor tile in the bathroom. Today I wanted to show you the approach taken to re-create the tiled vertical skirt in the back of the bathtub. If you recall, as part of our bathroom floor tiling project we had to remove the tiled skirt in the back of the bathtub. So, once the floor tile was laid we needed to create this skirt once again. In the above picture you can see the wood … [Read more...]

Bathroom Floor Tiling Project – Floor Vent

Floor Vent Close to Wall

Yesterday, in our continuing review of our bathroom floor tiling project using SnapStone porcelain floor tiles, we discussed a few different aspects of the flexible grout. Today I wanted to cover the approach taken with the floor vent. This was the situation with the placement of the floor vent in the bathroom. As you can see in the picture below it is located very close to the wall just off to the side of the sink. We made the decision to center as much as possible the floor tile … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 22 – Tile Color Coordination

Complementary Shower Stall Floor Tile

In Part 21 we saw the approach used by Bennett to repair the gaps between the shower floor tile and the shower taps from our initial home renovation / remodeling activities. Today, I'd like to write about colour / color coordination between the shower tiles and the shower's color / colour theme. So, here is a picture of the shower stall after the initial remodeling effort. Sure, our en suite shower has a brown color / colour theme. Notice that the shower floor tile matches closely to … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 21 – Shower Tap Tile Repair

Initial Shower Taps Intallation

In Part 20, Bennett had finished grouting the floor tile and installed the wall tile within the new shower floor to repair the leak from the initial home renovation project. He returned the next day to complete the shower repair. First he applied the grout to the ceiling tiles he replaced along the lower shower walls. Next he repaired the installation of the shower water taps. How? Well, below is a picture of the taps on the wall from the initial shower renovation. Look closely … [Read more...]

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