we just bought a vacation rental in Florida. We are looking to tile
the major parts of the house(875square feet). We are torn on whether
to use 12" tiles or 16" tiles though...is the larger tile more
asthetically pleasing for a whole house? Also, we have no idea what
kind of tile to buy, We know we want to stay within $1 or under a
square foot as this is the specs for our quoted price...but we have no
idea what kind of tile to buy. glazed, ceramic, porcelain,grades,
PEI's ect... the areas to be tiled are the kitchen the hallway the two
bathrooms and the florida room which extends the length of the house
on the back. If there is someone who can offer any assistance on this
matter or tell us a good place in Missouri or Florida to buy tile we
would greatly appreciate it. We do not mind using discontinuted or
overstock tile as well. Whatever is more cost-efficient in the end.
Thank you so much for any help you provide!!
I have neighbors with 6" tile, white with dark grout, that looks like
crap. Others have 12", white, gray grout. We have 20" taupe colored
porcellain tile that resembles old stone. Same color grout. I hate
grout lines and don't like to emphasize the grout. Our floor is
concrete slab, and adjoining rooms have terrazzo with similar colors.
We love it. Have area rugs in dining and living rooms. Colors depend
on your taste, of course, but also on the furniture style and type of
use. I would steer clear of light colored grout if it is going to get
some abuse - dirt, food spills, pets, etc. Small time, to me, looks
like McDonalds. Our floor would go with casual or formal, easy to maintain.
For that price, learn to love Saltillo. Even it will run more by the time
you add in thinset, grout and sealer.
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On 5 May 2004 14:22:01 -0700, email@example.com (tanya) wrote:
In general, larger tiles make the rooms feel larger. But if you have
smaller rooms or tight halls, a smaller tile actually makes it look
larger due to seeing more tiles. But buy a box, take them home and
lay a few down and look at them to be sure.
Your tile distributor wll.
Good luck. Maybe saltillo (Mexican pavers) will hit that for the tile
cost, but grout, mortar and labor will kill that $1 a foot price
At a buck a foot you have very little choice. Talk to your tile
dealer about the options available in your price range.
If you're going to do all the rooms the same, you may want a smaller
tile so it'll stay looking good in the baths. A 12" or even a 9"
Tile Outlets of America has some decent buys, and some distributors
will have overstock or clearance tiles, but not usually in large
quantities. You're loooking at 950 square feet with alloowances for
cutting and breakage, not a couple boxes that may be left over from a
job. Maybe if you tile different rooms differently.
If this is your first tile job and a DIY job, practice first. And
even then, start somewhere it won't show.
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