Friday, 31 May 2013

Tiling - stickler for detail

Moving right along, the Building Contract has now been signed, QLeave Levies have been paid and the BSA Insurance Policy is in place. The builder has penciled in a 10 June start date - Woo Hoo.

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?

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  1. Hi Caroline, If you're looking to see those tiles you can see them at Tilemob in Mitchelton. I was considering them for my bathroom also a few months ago. I know they had the Grigio, not sure about the Bluestone. Hop on their website they have fact sheets on them there.

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  2. Yes, tiling is so important to get right. I love the tiles above, I don't know how you will choose between them though. They are both so lovely!

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  3. I like the Grigio better...I am assuming that is the more expensive one...I always seem drawn to the more expensive version of things!
    Luckily we don't have any tiles...our house is old and so they would be wonky for sure!

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    1. Correct - the Grigio is more expensive. xx

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  4. We are just about to do our bathroom. Who knows with this house if it is plumb!!

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  5. Love the colour and shape of the tiles. I like the look of the Grigio ones, a bit more uniform in colour than the other one.
    Are you going with dark grout?
    x

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    1. Hi Zara, yes, we using grey coloured grout for the wall and floor tiles. xx

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  6. Yay for a start date! So excited for you. I have been hanging out for us to trundle along together on this crazy wild ride of renos. I like both tiles but the grigio perhaps call to me more (knowing me they will also be double the price as I always seem to like the most expensive whatever it is!) but you can't go wrong with either, especially with dark grout. I just found the most amazing tiles and am trying to work out where I can justify using them, if we don't run out of money by the end of this- if so will definitely love your contact for a good tiler. Just signed on the line for our new kitchen today, so so many decisions locked in now, a bit of a relief really. mel x

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