Do you know how many tiles there are to be considered in a new home? We have three full bathrooms as well as the kitchen, office kitchenette and the laundry. That’s a lot of wet area to cover.
While it appeared fairly daunting at first, I have to commend the sales staff at Beaumont Tiles in Brendale QLD, for their assistance in explaining the different types of tiles to us and helping us narrow down the final choices. They also have a great in-store computer program that allowed us to see how the tiles might look installed using various laying patterns.
In the end we kept it fairly simple for the flooring tiles. We decided to use the same mid-grey floor tile throughout all the wet areas and I was delighted to note that the tile selected blends well with both the timber flooring and the carpet. It is complemented by a mid-grey coloured grout; this slightly darker colour looks fantastic as well as minimising the problem of discolouration as the grout ages. This was also a cheaper option than using silicon grout – which I would have loved – but I did have a budget to try to reign in.
The tile has a rectified edge. Rectified, as I learnt, literally means corrected and refined. Rectified tiles are those that have been cut after firing (baking) to ensure their size and shape is perfect. This means that the tiles have a nice square edge to them, giving the floor an overall cleaner and more modern appearance.
After the mistake of using a slippery-when-wet, high gloss tile on the floor when we renovated our Queenslander, we chose a Lappato (semi-textured) finish for all our floor tiles. This finish creates a matt surface, which not only looks great, but has the benefit of preventing the bathroom floor from turning into a skating rink when wet.
For all the bathroom walls we went with a full-gloss white tile with a horizontal patterned watermark through it. This reflects a lot of light, which you obviously want in a bathroom. This is especially beneficial in our ensuite which only has a small high window to provide natural light.
Each of the showers (no baths in this house – I’ll explain why some other time) has a shower niche – or two. This provides a spot to put the shampoo bottles and soap. To highlight these we chose glass mosaic tiles, and oh my – don’t they look good, so worth the money.
If you’re doing a bathroom renovation you really need to consider adding a shower niche. Then do yourself a favour and get the mosaics, I get so many admiring comments from visitors.
While I had originally been considering a glass splash-back for the kitchen, I fell in love with a 900mm x 300mm tile we came across in the shop. Yes, they were on the expensive side, however they add great texture and interest to the predominantly white kitchen and I can justify the cost as they worked out roughly the same as the glass splash-back would have. Again we used a coloured grout – olive this time – this will assist to hide any discolouration caused by cooking splashes.
Laundry and Pantry
While it got the same floor tile treatment as the rest of the wet areas, the laundry was finished in plain white tiles laid in a subway pattern. The pantry floor is timber and the same subway pattern was used to line the pantry walls. This was enough in these utilitarian areas; they look clean but smart.
The Office Kitchenette
I love my office – as I may have said before. The kitchenette looks great and has been finished off with soft grey tiles highlighted with the same glass tiles used in the bathrooms.
As noted earlier, the floor of the kitchenette area and the toilet has been finished in the same matt grey floor tiles as the remainder of the house.
Overall, the tile treatment has been kept fairly simple for the main part; this allowed us to keep the costs down because we were purchasing a large number of the same tiles. It was also good to shop around and find out what was available ourselves. Our builder agreed to deduct the cost of the tiles from our final invoice if we didn’t want to use his preferred supplier, which worked out well for us. The first supplier didn’t have any tiles we were happy with however our visit to the Beaumont Tiles came up trumps, with a lot more variety at a better price. Thanks guys.
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