Cut studs in the basement ceiling were so much fun to discover. Back butter the pieces for the backsplash with mastic if you don&’t plan to tile all the way up the wall. Our house was built in the 1980’s, and even though thats not really considered old, it has thrown us some serious loops. This polished floor tile features welcoming white hues accented with pearl veining and uniform crystalline flecking throughout, adding inviting tones and distinctive style to an entryway, kitchen or bathroom. I like to start at the doorway with a full piece of tile then do the cutting against the walls or tub. These tiles are harder, denser, and more moisture resistant than other tiles, making them the perfect choice for damp rooms such as bathrooms and basements. It was an expensive “lesson” but the floors looked fabulous!

There are still pretty brick stairs underneath this bathroom where the porch used to be. Also try and make long sweeps with the sponge, short back and forth motions will only remove too much of the grout from the cracks.

To measure tiles for placing them in the last row next to a wall, place one tile directly on top of the full tile that is closest to the wall. To cut the tiles, use a wet saw, rentable at most equipment-supply centers. These tiles are a product of nature, so no two tiles are exactly alike. Hold the float at a 45 degree angle to the lines trying to force as grout as you can between the tile.

Marble Tile In Bathroom Floor

Porcelain tile and marble are two elegant flooring options that often appear in bathrooms and kitchens.

A gorgeous, classic white and gray marble bathroom with white subway tile. There are lots of different school of thought as to what kind of grout should be used at a seam or 90 degree angle. Fortunately there was no mold growing however, everything was wet, even the insulation. A beautiful installation can be ruined when the iron buried deep in the marble discolors from humidity and moisture.

Make your marble floor the foundation of your bathroom decor. We sealed it several time with he appropriate sealer but if we’d been staying, we would have quit using it and ripped it out eventually. Your screw pattern should be every 6″ in the field and every 4″ around the perimeter of the sheet. I just put stonepeak’s statuarietto porcelain 12×24 tiles on my bathroom floor. Chic walk in shower features honed white marble tiles fitted with a tiled niche shelf placed over a marble shower bench. Because marble contains minerals, there&’s always the risk that its iron content will turn to rust in a bathroom. You need a second layer, preferably plywood for a total thickness of 1 1/4″ for any natural stone installation. You have to look really hard because they disguise themselves as the natural gray veining. Many porcelain tiles look like marble and offer more durability in showers and steam showers. We do have a flexible tile that would be a little more forgiving on a floor that is not completely level.

The threshold could be raised the same amount, many houses have transitions like that at doorways. You may be fine so long as you understand that it really is high maintenance. You may even need to turn off the waterfall (is possible) more than once a year just to reseal the stone. You can use the 1/2″ on a floor if you need to make up some height but it will not make the floor any stronger. Quarrying and transportation can contribute to a big carbon footprint if you haven&’t done your research. Try complementing your flooring—whether dark or light—with coordinating polished marble on your countertops or backsplash. I did put real statuary white marble on the countertop vanity. They were just getting old and dirty and we had a toilet leak few years back that stained some of the tiles. Once honed, these tiles are very easy to clean by just wiping with a damp cloth. I would not recommend laying the 1/4″ backer board directly over the subfloor, replace the underlayment, then add the backer board. I checked the floor joists and they are 16″ on center and it is a 1″ subfloor. I’m assuming the marble will be going on the floor of your shower? Many people choose a durable porcelain tile to complement marble (like in this photo) for this very reason. We decided to stop showering in that shower to see if it eventually would dry out so for the past four months we’ve been showering in the main bathroom. They also have two adjoining subfloor boards running directly through the middle of the drain. Although they may work it is very important that your floor be as level as possible. Then snap chalk lines across the marks: the point at which the lines cross is the center of the room. Apparently, when the former owners of this house decided to build an addition and make this space a bathroom, they poured concrete to level it out instead of laying level plywood in place. Generally speaking, marble tile has little to no gap between tiles. Mosaic tiles are perfect for shower floors or installing a decorative backsplash in kitchens and bathrooms.

Grout is much more forgiving than thinset when mixing, it needs to be runny enough to be able to fill in the gaps but dry enough that it stays in the gaps. Made from clay and minerals, these tiles are hard, dense, and moisture resistant. Using a rubber paddle, spread the grout on the tile making sure to force the grout into the gaps. Any foreign particles in the grout will only make grouting more difficult.

However, your husband was successful and did the great job without messing because he had previous experiences. Using concrete board can get messy as small pieces of concrete can fall into the tub and if you aren’t careful you can really scratch up a tub when stepping on these pieces. Granite tiles are made of dense natural stone that is extremely durable and water resistant. Mark a line on the first tile, and make the cut along that line. The micro-beveled cut of this stone tile creates a slight slope at the edge, giving it a smaller edge detail than beveled while still providing movement in the appearance of your floor. Position the tiles on the mortar and place spacers between them. Marble flooring has been a dream of mine, it turned out absolutely stunning, and we saved big by doing it ourselves. Or discovered some quirky old house “surprise” that threw you for a loop? It’s a 12/12 pitch and my husband on the roof just wasn’t happening!!! After you spray it on a manageable section, wipe it with a sponge or rag to spread it around and make sure you cover the entire area. Using a new sponge for every tile job will help you to keep the grout even and looking professional, a ratty sponge will gouge the grout and ruin all your hard work. If using marble or granite tiles, a suction cup can come in handy for lifting or placing tiles especially if you are butting them up without gaps. Or you can go with a darker, richer shade to add a bit of elegance to your bathroom space. Marble’s texture is very smooth and is manufactured with either a satiny honed finish or a high gloss polished finish. Its beauty ranges from subtle to dramatic, depending on the type of marble you choose and how it&’s cut. The look — like in this shower — is elegant, soft and uniform. Our tile setter specialized in natural stone and used a shower tray. However, when sanded down and sealed, travertine tiles are smooth and suitable for flooring or as shower tiles. Thinset is often installed with a notched trowel, and not all tiles — including many marble sheet tiles — can reach 95 percent coverage. Rip everything out and start over with a different material. Marble is a very hard stone that, compared to other types of flooring, can really take a beating from kids or pets running back and forth on it. Here’s the thing…lots and lots of people put marble in their showers and are happy. Although it is only visible when light overhead is on it bothers me because floor seems dirty. Most high-end marble has a very even color palette with soft veining. I suggest performing a soak test to make sure the marble you&’re considering will work in your bath or shower. Make sure not to get sealant on the edges of the tile before grouting. This process will protect the marble against potential damage caused by water, dirt, and spills. You could use a thinner underlayment to accommodate adding the backer board and maintain you original thickness, seen it done many times – just a question of whether you want to do it right. Quarry tiles are made of unglazed ceramic, which makes them a durable flooring option. This method can make it very tricky for narrow bathrooms since you have to go in with a few rows and try and work your way back out without moving tiles but if you can do it you will be much happier with the quality of the floor.

You will never find two marble surfaces that look exactly the same. Porcelain today has come a long way and there is porcelain tile that looks like marble and some that looks like other natural stones. Trying to force the tile to fit will only result in cracked tile or uneven floors. We decided that it would be “easy” to rip out the tile in our kitchen (which was already cracking) and lay hardwood over it. I’m starting to learn that owning an older house just forces you to have a sense of humor. The thinset will suction to the tile and hold it in place if you have the correct consistency. We are thinking about using marble tile in our bathroom makeover so thank you very much for this tutorial! If there is room for only a sliver of marble at the end, shift the run so that the starting tile straddles the chalk line. These durable porcelain tiles are permanently bonded to an interlocking tray with a rubberized base for easy installation. When mixing the grout you only need to add very small amounts of water. Extend the chalk lines up on to the tub surround so that the grout lines there will match the ones on the floor. Because right now, our vanity is smack in the middle of our living room and our toilet is just chilling out in our garage.

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On floors always dry fit the tile to see the layout you want. Does anyone have experience with honed marble tile flooring?

Layout the marble tiles in a dry run again to ensure the last tile is wide enough to form a pleasing ending at the edge. Limestone is one of the most common types of flooring for both residential and commercial applications. You still have not addressed the floor joist questions, and they are important if you are looking for a successful installation of your marble tile. But who has a few thousand around to throw in to a shower again? Vein-cut marble is cut to enhance the appearance of movement and produce a consistent veining pattern within a marble slab or tiles. Veining, commonly referred to as movement, ranges from subtle and regular to defined and highly variable. Over that, you need a tile friendly underlayment such as 1/4″ cement board or a sheet membrane. If you do want to try to install without leveling the floor it would be a good idea to include some sort of underlay as well. The will give your floor the added stiffening between the floor joists that is required. That being said, costs vary widely according to the stone’s quality. Tell us the; type and size of the joists, species and grade will definitely help too, on center spacing, (usually 16″), and the unsupported span down to the inch. Just make sure to redo the sealant on the tiles about once a year to keep them from being damaged. Remove the bottom layer around the whole perimeter of the shower only and have it replaced.

This stone is relatively soft and absorbent, so it requires a few coats of sealant to prevent debris from penetrating the stone. Marble takes an ordinary bathroom from bland to brilliant by bouncing the light around to make even a small bathroom feel much brighter and more spacious. So im trying to decided whether to just scrape off the old cement and install right over the existing plywood/subfloor or add a cement backer board before installing the new tiles. Install blocking wherever necessary to install your new subflooring wherever necessary. It’s the best financial option for now but what if we have problems down the road again? I took a closer look at the floor and it looks to be a 3/4″ plywood underlayment. Do not remove any watermark or crop/edit my images in any way, unless given written consent by myself. I give you props for trying to save a buck, but you failed the installation miserably. When making notched cuts, lift the tile as the blade nears the corner. If your tile is not even with the surrounding tiles, then take the time to remove it and add or remove whatever thinset is necessary.

Before laying the tile add some water to the powdered thinset. I ask that you respect my work and follow these guidelines. The builder put the tile in with something so strong it would survive a nuclear explosion. After waiting for the tile to setup (usually about 12-24 hours) take the time to prep your tile for grout. Check the marks with a framing square to be sure they&’re at a 90-degree angle, and then spray them with clear acrylic to fix them in place. Marble tile is utterly gorgeous and gives your bathroom a timeless look. The last stroke of the sponge across the surface of the tile should be with a clean side that you just rinsed off in the bucket. I would strongly urge you to use a 1/4″ concrete backer underlayment thinsetted to the plywood and screwed in at the prescribed pattern. Different stone-cutting techniques produce a variety of finishes that maximize the decorative appeal of marble. This can be just as appealing, due to the unique shapes and details that the stone creates. The counters are polished marble, the floors and showers are honed. Although it was once a show of wealth and power, today marble tile is making its way more and more into everyday homes — bathrooms in particular — all over the world. The shower was leaking water into the crawlspace like crazy and once we figured out that the grout and hadn’t failed and that the plumbing hadn’t failed, we figured out that the tiles themselves were letting the water seep down. Before being polished and honed, the tile provides a high friction surface suitable for use outside to prevent slipping. Definitely consider hiring a professional to help you install these tiles when possible. My only worry is that this will raise the floor and come in the way of the water line and the drain for toilet, as well as not lining up with the wood floor in the house. Marble appears as a single, solid color, usually with streaks of darker colors running through it. As to the floor joist damage, it just looks like some water staining in the picture, but hard to tell from here. If you appreciate natural beauty, marble flooring might be the perfect material for your bathroom floor. Also the type and thickness of the subfloor and what&’s over it? The latest “discovery” was that the electrical box that our light fixture in the dining room is hooked to was wired in using an old extension cord and there was still a live wire just hanging around in the ceiling from when they had upgraded the house from knob and tube – probably in the 70’s! I cut the board outside or in the garage then bring it in and carefully place it on the floor. My biggest thank goodness moment was when they were painting the outside of our house. Homeowners do not know which type of tile is appropriate for their lifestyle.

Porcelain tiles do not chip easily and are also hard wearing, meaning that they are resistant to harsh cleaning products, stains and fading. Love the marble (don’t shy away from it just yet!) your shower looks beautiful sans the bad experience! For example, if you dye your hair in a marble shower, the dye can stain your shower floor. Marble has been used by master craftsmen throughout the ages to adorn palace floors, ceilings and walls. I would also suggest you choose something besides marble for flooring. Marble comes in many colors with varying degrees of veining. Although it’s good to seal your marble, the grout also needs to be sealed as well. As has been previously said, your joist structure needs to be twice as strong for natural stone and you likely will need to do some work to make the joists stiff enough. Our basement wasn&’t finished then, so no one ever went down there and the leak went on for about a week before we noticed. Like any natural product there will be always be some maintenance that’s just part of the deal! What you see in the picture is what it looked like right after removing the tile, which literally came out in 10 minutes without breaking any. Both of these beautiful stone floor tiles are quite heavy and therefore can be difficult to lift. I don’t know why but this wasn’t as obvious when the shower was wet. We’re not sure if things were installed to code but at any rate, it looks like some of the materials were a bit cheap. The only other care the tiles need is a yearly sealant application. In my opinion marble should be sealed with a quality sealer and maintained on a regular basis. Avoid using strong cleansers (nothing acid based) to prevent etching or damage to the sealer. Take your hands off the marble and back away slowly with your hands in the air. Once you choose the perfect marble bathroom flooring option, add a backsplash and countertop that helps to coordinate and highlight the floor. You can see that some of the floor joist is also slightly damaged. One drop of water on the floor and you&’re going down if you step in it. So there is very little moving space and usually the bathroom mats we lay down help to keep the floor dry. I plan on scraping off all the old cement and going over it once with an orbital sander i have, then laying down a thin set mortar then the easymat. So i figured i&’d just install the 1/2″ backer board over the 3/4″ subfloor and it would meet the requirement. When measuring tiles for the edges of the tub surround, keep them long enough to overlap the vertical pieces underneath. If you are doing walls you need to be sure that the surface you are tiling is level otherwise your corners won’t match up. We used the large rectangles for our bathroom and they made such a difference. Use a piece of plywood the same thickness as a marble tile to help gauge the overlap at the edge.

Today, the guys will be putting the room back together so we can finally have a downstairs bathroom again. With many styles to choose from, you&’ll appreciate the versatility and uniqueness of marble. Make sure the subfloor is sturdy: if it shifts, the grout could crack. Everyone talks about how high-maintenance marble counters are — are floors even worse? Only spread a small amount of grout at a time, say about 6 or so tiles worth.

Little vibration means the floor is stable enough to install marble tiles. Start by placing a tile at one corner of the center point and working all the way to the wall. Be sure to explore their amazing online selection of tile and flooring options. These tiles feature a beautiful combination of limestone and natural stone. Spread an even amount of thinset on the wall first and then lay the tiles in, pushing firmly to seat the tile and make sure it adheres well to the thinset.

Follow the grout manufacturer&’s instructions to the letter for curing. They are also hard wearing, meaning the porcelain tile is resistant to harsh cleaning products, stains and fading. It can be used in any part of the house, including living rooms, dining rooms and foyers. This will help you to keep a film of grout from drying on the surface of the tile. This should come off as a light dust without any scrubbing and is one more step towards keeping a haze from permanently forming on the surface of the tile.

The tile will act as a reference point when you begin laying out the rest of the floor pieces. Then polish the edges with a polishing wheel and buffing compound. I’ve learned after having our bathroom torn apart twice due to water leaks and floor grout cracking (poor subfloor) to hire that job out to a professional. After the grout has had a chance to setup for a few hours, take a clean towel and gently wipe the grout film from the surface of the tile. Push down firmly on the tile setting it thoroughly in the thinset. Then place a second tile against the wall so that the edge rests on the first tile.

Find everything you need to install and maintain your tile. Get the scoop to determine if it’s something you think you can do yourself, or if it’s a job you’d prefer to leave to the professionals. Test the floor for stability by having a helper bounce up and down on their heels on the other side of the room. Little pieces of concrete and debris will make getting a flat floor very difficult once they are under the board. There are many ways to prep the walls and floors prior to installing tile.

They need to have homeowner’s go through a contractors course before hiring anyone. Marble is easily etched by acidic materials, such as lemon and certain cleaning products. We have iron and the iron over time could stain the marble. Essentially your assumptions about using either backer board or a mortar bed to set tile are correct. I’ve also noticed that more veining often indicates a higher iron content, causing the stone to change in appearance over time. It concerns me you didn’t hit a waterproofing membrane at the bottom course of tile, as the shower pan system should wrap up the wall and create a “bathtub” at least 6″ in height in case your shower ever has standing water! We had a small amount of grout crack along the base of the shower from settling and our installer came back and replaced it. I don’t know if it was the installer or if we just got lucky. This will help with bonding and may provide a small amount of isolation to resist cracks.

This can result in a poor bond between the grout and the tile’s edges. For your installation of marble, you need another layer of 1/2″ exterior glue plywood cc plugged or better over your osb. On uneven or unlevel surfaces, always start at the low end, this will require you to cut tile as you go on the first row but that is always better than having a large gap or trying to fit in little pieces. Try to remove as much of the grout from the surface of the tile as possible so as to make clean up much much easier. To achieve a strong bond, put mortar on the backs of the tiles, a process known as “back buttering” (image 2). This gives a more professional look and dry fitting the tiles will give you an idea on how much you will need to cut.

Do not put too much pressure on the sponge as this will make the grout and tile surface uneven. When the grout has dried just a bit and has left a haze on the surface of the tiles, buff with a cloth to remove the haze. Measure and cut tile as you go and never assume that every cut will be the same as the other rows.

Some floors can be strengthened and stabilized by adding joists and jack supports underneath. Glass tiles combine vibrant colors with reflective material to provide a distinctive appearance. When applying the mortar across gaps in the plywood, place mesh mortar tape (image 1) directly on top of the mortar to prevent cracks in the grout. Begin applying thin-set mortar to the floor with the notched trowel and apply marble tiles set apart by spacers to keep the grout lines even. These resin tiles offer a sleek, modern look with contemporary flair.

Cement board is not structural, it only serves as a good bonding surface for thinset. You should absolutely replace any water damaged subfloor and make sure your patches land on joists (as in on center). Each piece of marble is different — the variety in veining and coloring is often considered its best trait. Although marble is sometimes a single, solid color, more often it is one color with streaks of another running through it, such as white with gray or black veins. It is a softer stone that can be milled, machined and tumbled, which means it can have multiple uses. I believe the problem stemmed from the cracked grout at the 90 degree angles which allowed water to seep through and wick up the back of the wall. Marble for bathroom floors must be compatible for wet conditions, so choose marble with a honed or low-gloss finish for the best results. I am trying to remove stains left from a latex underlay we had used in our bathroom on a travertine floor. You love its beauty and instant high-quality appeal, but bathroom marble has its drawbacks. For this reason, you often see travertine tiles and pavers installed by pools, but they’re somewhat rough on bare feet if they’re not sanded some. Browse photos of available marble and decide on a level of movement, a finish, a stone-cutting technique, and the right color. Many flooring pros might be willing to give free advice over the phone. Now to go along with that, the area directly behind the toilet drain and where the water supply line is, is very badly damaged to the point where the subfloor is soft. The other cut towards the bottom left will be on the joist, you just cant see it in the picture. It has to be screwed to the subfloor and you should try to avoide the joists. Black marble with mysterious white patches around the toilet doesn&’t look good!! What type of tile to use to cover concrete slab floors with some cracks and unleveled door ways? I have never encountered a perfectly straight wall or corner in a house. Old houses are filled with all kinds of fun surprises, right?! Marble-tile manufacturers recommend that the floor slope no more than 1/16″ for every 3′. If there is marked vibration the flexing of the floor will crack the grout and maybe even a tile. A pleasant travertine mosaic in neutral cappuccinos and light browns.

There are both affordble and more costly options for porcelain tile.

Marble, like many other stone tiles, has very high maintenance requirements. Real marble tiles are truly magnificent to look at, they are beautiful and always unique.

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to help. It adds inviting tones and distinctive style to an entryway, kitchen or bathroom. Be sure to clean the floors completely before you put in the cement board and do not cut them in place. Porous, bone-colored mosaic tiles with a naturally pockmarked surface. These easy-to-install tiles can even be installed over existing floors. This means using a razor blade to clean out any thinset that is in the gaps between the tile, removing all spacers and cleaning the floor completely.

Complete Carrara Marble Tile Bathroom Instalation Time Lapse

Marble master bathroom time lapse of the installation of a shower stall and bathroom floor on Schluter Ditra uncoupling membrane.

Wipe excess grout from the surface of the tiles with a damp sponge or cloth rinsing it frequently taking care to not lift grout out from between tiles. They can also make popping and grinding noises under the tile while walking on the finished floor. Take extra care to clean out the tub and avoid stepping on the pieces of concrete at all costs.

The battle between porcelain and marble tile rages on and many new homeowners are at a loss as to which option is best for them. The weight of porcelain tile can tell you quite a bit about its level of quality. He&’ll finish the job with white grout, and, because the marble tile in this installation has been highly polished, it requires no sealant.

The concrete on the walls is the thicker 1/2 inch board so that it matches the surrounding sheetrock and the board on the floor is a 1/4″ thick. We used plastic behind a concrete board on the shower and concrete board on the floors. Start with coarse 80-grit sandpaper and gradually work up to extra-fine 400 grit. A little extra time spent here will make for easier tile laying and a better floor.

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There is only so much marble in the world, and there are some suppliers of poor-quality or unsustainable marble. What size are your floor joists, what is their unsupported span. It is a completely sealed/waterproof system so even if your grout cracks you are protected. It would be a lot easier to use a porcelain rather than a natural stone. The other thing we noticed when the shower had a chance to fully dry was that the grout in the perimeter of the shower at the 90 degree angle had cracked. Marble is a metamorphic rock that’s been used for thousands of years. The caulk has some ability to move with the house, so it doesn’t crack. Cross-cutting marble exposes more variety in patterns that are created by movement.

But it would require a complete gut of your current shower :(. I figured i could cut it back half way to the next joist, which is behind the wall, and then place some 2×4 underneath to reinforce where the seam will be. If the subfloor is 3/4″ then the second layer of plywood needs to be 1/2″. No manufacturers of cement board make any claim as to adding strength or stiffening a floor. This helps your tiles resist wear and tear, allowing them to last for many years. Also, this way i can put one single peace of subfloor with a cut out for the toilet drain instead of it being right at the edge. Whatever your plan, choosing the right color marble can help make your decorative vision a reality. Granite tiles are available in a variety of finishes, so you&’re sure to find one that best suits your style. I’m kind of afraid to unwrap any other surprises that might be waiting for us in this house. On some tiles this film is very difficult to remove and is better if you clean it off when it is wet rather than when it dries. This natural stone has a textured surface and beautiful color variations. Allow the mastic to cure before removing the support board and finishing the knee wall. There are many different types of tile sealer on the market, they all have detailed instructions on how to apply them. Spread diagonally to the spaces between the tiles so that the paddle doesn’t fall into the gap and force the grout out. This polished floor tile features welcoming white hues accented with pearl veining, subtle yellows and uniform crystalline flecking throughout. Marble is a versatile natural stone that creates a luxurious and unique look.

Experts say marble tile, like this floor, gives the appearance of grandeur, however it can be hard to clean. Homeowners are not sure what the difference is between the two tile choices. In fact, he did it as side jobs when we were newly married, full time jobs during summer’s, and in several homes of ours, including for families and friends. It will continue to dry out as you go, so add a small amount of water if it looks like it is getting too dry. You want to have a mixture that is runny enough to hold on to tile but not so runny that tile falls off the wall. Use concrete board screws to install the board as they are specially coated so that the concrete will not deteriorate the metal over time. I still have my eye on it for our other two bathrooms though that still need even more help than this little powder room did. Rich, off-white stone flecked with mustard yellow and veined with dark gray. It’s my biggest fear that we’ll run into that in this house too. When applying tiles to the knee wall, temporarily attach a 2″ by 4″ board to the wall to support the weight of the tiles.

Porcelain tiles are very cold and hard, and some health experts believe that walking on such cold hard floors can cause unnecessary stress to the joints. They are approximately 12×12 in size and each tile weighs like 10 lbs. It should only raise the floor about a 1/4″ and shouldn&’t interfere with the water lines or toilet drain. I mop with a steam mop and only have to clean the shower every 3 weeks.

Can travertine be used for a counter top in a guest bath in one piece not tiles? Options also depends how much time and effort, tools available and skill set. I posted some pictures of the bathroom before removing the plywood and after and a third pic of the damaged area from the basement water heater closet. He wanted to be extra careful to not break any of the other surrounding tiles. Let&’s take a look at the pros and cons of this beautiful material, and some things you should watch out for when you&’re considering putting it in your bathroom. Right or wrong, we’ve got a bigger problem on our hands that we didn’t anticipate. When selecting flooring for your bathroom, it&’s essential to choose tile that can withstand high humidity levels and is strong enough to withstand foot traffic. Also, is it recommended to install a vapor barrier using 4 mil plastic sheet, or this mainly done for walls only? Using a self-leveling product would be the best option to ensure your tiles don’t crack. In all likely-hood, the shower will probably stay like this until we make a decision and the money tree in the backyard starts growing again in the spring. This bathroom has full slabs of marble for walls, counters and flooring, and then smaller pieces for the crown molding and door casing details.

Many porcelain tile options exist, including porcelain tile made to look like hardwood floors.

Some types of grout require long curing times to maximize the strength of the grout.


Cut studs in the basement ceiling were so much fun to discover. Back butter the pieces for the backsplash with mastic if you don&'t plan to tile all the way up the wall. Our house was built in the 1980’s, and even though thats not really considered old, it...