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Episode 6: Keeping It Level

by - Sunday, May 18, 2008

We've had a slow start on the flooring. I blame it on Mother Nature... the sun was shining and HandyMan and I were content to run some errands, do some gardening, enjoy some bbq, and mow the lawn. That meant though that we didn't get as much progress on the floor as hoped.

We picked up the tiles from Saltillo. Love that store (and so does Sarah; she almost always uses them for every episode). Love HandyMan's architect discount. Love RONA too. They were having a 15% off sale so we got a deal on the thinset. Not loving the dips in the subfloor. Turns out that the kitchen floor slopes near the threshhold to the dining room. If we left that as is, eventually any tile laid over top would crack. 

So we had to fix it with some levelling cement... notice I didn't say "self-levelling". Nooo, HandyMan and I figured we were handy enough to level it ourselves and save the $20 bucks. Were we successful? Ask me tomorrow when the cement dries :o\

levelling cement, kitchen renovation
We managed to figure out the floor pattern though. Initial thoughts were lay it in a 1/3 offset but that just ended up looking weird. We settled on 1/2 offset. Sounds easy right? But then we spent a good hour figuring where to start - center it on the dining room door? Hallway door? Middle of the room? Centered between the cabinets? Yes, that's how we'll do it. Here's a peek.

laying tile, diy tile floor laying tile, diy tile floor

Tomorrow, two layers of thinset, the Ditra, and the tiles are going down. Wish us luck.

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