Addition Bathroom | Tile and In-floor Heat
We’re onto my favorite leg of the race — tiling! It’s so gratifying to see your tile in place. The couple who tiles together smiles together.
First, we had to screw down more fiber-cement backer board underlayment on top of the subfloor to prepare for the tile. Not pictured, but basically the same as the walls.
We decided to do in-floor heat, which I am really excited about! We’ve never had it before and it seems like the perfect little room to try it out. In our last post, I mentioned we had to reopen a wall – it was to run the thermostat for this.
Then you tile directly over the mat. It is waterproof and crackproof. Still, if there are ever problems with below-floor heat, you’re kind of stuck unless you want to rip up your tile. .
Initially I got a sample of this tile that I was really excited about, but it looked a little too flat in person, and would have been competing with the rest of the things I have planned. But I did love the hex shape! (Also somebody please use it for a project).
I found a cute round penny tile at Tile Shop that was a caramel color, but it was discontinued! I eventually stumbled on this khaki hex penny tile that was the best of both worlds. I love that it’s a little different than your standard penny tile, but not overly trendy like a larger hexagon pattern. It’s a little more subtle, but something I’ll love for the long run.
Ta-dah! It actually didn’t take too long since this tile comes in 1′ x 1′ sheets, but the tricky part was clipping all the half pieces around the edges. I got pretty good with the tile nippers. It was definitely an all day project.
We picked a grout color similar to the floor tile color. Again, keeping the floor subtle because I have plenty of other fun elements in this little space. If you want to go bolder and dramatic with grout, choose high-contrast.
We worked our way around the perimeter, Joe applying the grout and me wiping down the tile.
Finally, after it dried, I took the haze off with this acidic cleaner. Then sealed it with that 511 cleaner. It also gives it a nice shine. Wear a mask.