Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ceramic Basement Floor 1

This was a pretty big job for me. I'm used to doing smaller kitchens and bathrooms. I've done a few "entire condos" and "entire basement" jobs before, but it's been a while. This one was about 500 sq. ft. It took 5 days to set all the tile and about one to grout everything. The tile was set on concrete. I used an anti-fracture/waterproofing material between the tile and the concrete. This will help prevent any cracks in the concrete from transferring to the tile. To understand the pics better, the layout was a big room with a small hallway leading to some stairs. That hallway had a small room off to the left and a small closet off to the right. The first pic is from inside the smaller room looking into the closet. The big room is off to the right. The second pic is the inside of the closet. And the third pic is of a support pole in the middle of the floor. Since the pole ended up landing in the middle of a tile, I split to tile and added an extra grout line to sort of follow the pattern. More detailed pics are in the previous two entries.

Ceramic Basement Floor 2

Below are a few pics of close-ups of my tricky door jam cuts. There were two doors facing each other from a side room to a closet via a small hallway. The reason for the two-toned grout is because some was wet and some was dry from being applied the day before. Grout lightens after drying.  

Ceramic Basement Floor 3

The next two pics are close-ups of the base tile around the brick fireplace. And below are pics of the field tile. For some reason my camera wouldn't take good pics from far away so they are not that great. But you can see the size. It ended up being 500 sq. ft. in all.

Country Kitchen Floor

Below are pics of a floor I tiled. Pics of the same kitchen's back splash, which I did, are in the "Country Kitchen" entry below. For this one, I just thinset-ed and screwed Durock over the existing laminate floor. This raises the floor a little bit, so I used the gold ramped transition piece at the entry for a smoother transition. I also used the bull-nosed base tiles to give the floor a finished look. I chose the staggered brick pattern to allow the smallness of the kitchen to appear a little busier. I also think it looks classier than just the "corner to corner" pattern. 

Not sure if I'm showing off my smooth transition from carpet to tile here or my new vegan Macbeth shoes.