I am still struggling to find the "right" wet area tiles locally, so some samples have been sent up from Melbourne and Sydney. One is a hexagon Grigio Marble and the other is a hex Bluestone (both are very similar) but there is about $100 per m2 price difference between the two:
Luckily there is only 9 m2 of floor tiling! And speaking of tiling, there was a slight issue that cropped up during a previous renovation, so anyone who is about to renovate their bathroom, please take note:
MAKE SURE YOUR WALLS ARE PLUMB
When the Tiler got on-site, he discovered that the bathroom walls weren't plumb. Now this normally isn't an issue with walls that are covered with plaster, but it can create a drama for a Tiler, particularly when the walls are being tiled from floor to ceiling. Unless the tiled corners are plumb, you'll have tapering cuts or mismatched grout lines where the planes converge:
Our Tiler was very experienced and spotted this potential problem from the get-go so it was sorted out promptly. The finished result was spectacular - his work was absolutely meticulous and his attention to detail unmatched. His work is the best I have seen, and I have requested that he do the tiling in the new house. (If anyone is looking for a Tiler, I would thoroughly recommend him.)
I am one of those people that walk into a bathroom and scan the walls and floors, looking at how the tiles have been laid and making sure the grout lines all match up. (Am I the only one who does this sort of thing?) The smallest of discrepancies stand out like a sore thumb, so the tiling in the new house has to be perfect, otherwise it will irk me forever. Do you ever critique other people's handiwork?