Friday, August 22, 2008

Kitchen Back Splash and Floor Combination

Here I installed a "subway" tile design for this kitchen back splash. I also inserted a dark blue 1" feature band to make it a little more dynamic. It goes well with the floor tile that I installed earlier. You can see more of those pics in the blog below. 

Here we have a "brick" or "staggered" pattern on the floor. The tile was laid first, then the island to the right was installed over the tile. I think this kitchen has a great color combination too. The darker floor tile created a grounded feel and the stark white back splash with its bold inlay is clean and sharp. Great carpentry too!!! 

Here's a better image of the island covering the tile.
The carpet just buts right up to the tile. Very simple, no thresholds. 
As opposed to the staggered pattern, I decided to go with the "straight" lay for this narrow bathroom. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Porcelain Front Porch Stories

This is the front porch of the house that I installed the 6x6 white tile in the shower below. Here I used porcelain tile because of the varying temperature changes here in Wilmington, NC. Porcelain tile is fired at extreme temperatures, making it much stronger than ordinary ceramic tile, even harder than granite. The tiles also have a rough texture for traction. This design has a very clean, modern and simple look to it. Yet interesting enough to grab your attention from the street. Enjoy. 

For the perimeter, I tried to keep a 7 1/2" border. I used 16x16" tiles and cut them in half to save on money and resources. So the grey border pieces are approximately 7.5x16".    

Here I had to cut two pieces to wrap around the post. I used the 45 degree angle to make the cut cleaner and less noticeable. Of course the posts will be wrapped later with a finnish trim concealing the cuts even more. But regardless, the I thought this was the best way to deal with the situation.