Happy-sad - that’s how I felt recently when I saw a Globe and Mail article about a renovation by Style at Homes’ editor-in-chief Erin McLaughlin. My vision for our current bathroom renovation, involved using 6” x 18” carrara marble tiles laid in a herringbone pattern. So I was sad to see that she had beaten me to the punch. I was however happy, and frankly patting myself on the back, for being on the same brain wave as her and happier still to see that her finished floors are every bit as gorgeous as I imagined in my mind’s eye. Anyhow, here’s how mine went down:
I prep'ed the floor to make sure it was rock solid. I glued and screwed new plywood over the old 3/4 inch subfloor. I then thin-set and screwed down 1/2 inch cement board. In my case i wanted heat, so i ran Warm Tiles wires.
Laying the heated floor wire and thermostat was easy. Yup that is indeed my right big toe in the bottom of the photo:
Then i put a scratch coat of thin-set mortar over that to protect the wires and give a nice level flat surface to tile on.
Then came time for the pretty stuff. I started by laying out the pattern and marking the lines.
Next comes the grout. I'm going with a dark grey.