The living room fireplace is finally tiled and grouted. Hooray! It was a long drawn out process - selecting tile, waiting for tile, laying out tile, grouting tile - and like most reno projects, only 20% of the time was actually spent on doing the actual work.I thought I'd do some posts and show you where the other 80% was spent. You might find a dissection of our thought process boring, but it may give some ideas to those of you doing a tiling job like a backsplash or shower wall of your own.
Crazy, right? But there’s no other way around it. You need to go to all the tile stores to see what your options are. Despite the wide array of tiles, we kept being drawn to the same one: the herringbone. With the field somewhat narrowed down, it was time to break out the AUTOCAD. This is where HandyMan goes to town, mouse flying, as he whips up various layout possibilities.
- When it comes to tile, see as many varieties as you can
- Mix and match tiles to create interest. We like to mix similar materials but in different shapes.
- When dreaming up layouts, think about more than just “brick pattern” or “stacked pattern”. Think horizontal vs vertical, one tile vs multiple different tiles, mitres, recesses, accents, borders, and finishes (honed or polished).