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Old 06-16-2011, 02:58 PM   #4756
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Keith, you never cease to amaze me, beautiful work and designs!!! I bet you are sore after all the getting up and down on your floor. I just put brakes on the front of our daughters car and I am so sore I can't hardly move. I just can't imagine doing all that floor and everything else you have done. With all the different cuts you had to make I know you had to get down and up many many times.

The pictures are beautiful also, you sure do have a way with the camera buddy.
Ahhh, yes, brakes...not my favorite thing to do either Jim.

Well today I was carrying on some more with the floor - which wraps right around that curved kitchen counter. After I added up the number of tiles I would need, it seemed that there might not be quite enough.

Originally, when we got the first batch of tiles, there was a couple of things different. Firstly, they are an inch bigger than the new ones, which will make it difficult to do any matching. And secondly, the original tiles are far better quality and were packed much better. Almost zero breakage with the first tiles.

I wish I could say the same for the batch which we imported last year. Now that I am opening up all the boxes, there has been up to 70% breakage in some of the boxes. Obviously this means that we stand to have some shortage. I did order 10% extra, but it looks like that is going to be woefully inadequate.

So, now the plan is to use up what we have in an attempt to complete that particular floor level. There might be enough, but it's going to be very close. Should we come up short I will just take some of the larger tiles, trim an inch off two adjoining edges and round the cuts over.

The breakfast nook and front entrance are scheduled to be done out in the octagonal tiles, the same as went down in the solarium.

Once that is all done the only thing left will be the studio. If there is not enough terra cotta tile left to finish that, then I think I will make a feature square in the middle of the room with what we have, and finish off the outside with something else. There is less than a snowball's chance in hell of me bringing any more terra cotta tile over here.

Glad you like the pictures Jim..I just set the camera on the tripod on full auto and clicked away. It really looked neat as the moon dipped behind the clouds and backlit them.
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:24 PM   #4758
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Yeah Keith,

As always, I am amazed as to your workmanship. But the thing that impresses me the most is your drive. You have been going hard on this project for a long time, and yet show little signs of slowing or frustration or the desire to have it Done.

Amazing.
Bill, thanks as always.

The warm weather always agrees with me, and perhaps that is why I'm up and at it again as it were.

Believe me when I tell you the frustration level has been stratospheric sometimes. And I can barely wait until it's finished.

I guess the one good thing is that there is very little left to buy now except carpet for the master bedroom.

Back later with the latest tile photos.
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Yesterday I ran a line of tile behind the kitchen counter. It was an attempt to see how close the rows would match after having been wrapped around all that area.

Considering the fact that these tiles vary in size and are rarely square, it came out remarkably close.
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More time today fitting all the tile behind the counter. These are not set here, just laid in place.
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For awhile, it looked as though we were going to have a decent sunset tonight...but it never quite materialized.
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Man, that is the pits Keith, after tracking down the tiles and having them shipped in to find many broken, I would not be a happy camper at all. Is there a floor that you could have a broken tile design on? Maybe use some of the broken tile to cut 2 inch strips and make a grid and have broken tile in the squares in the grid. Just a though, and there may be other ways to make designs and fill in with a broken tile design.

I wonder why ya'll have so many beautiful sunsets up your way. What ever the reason they are sure pretty, thanks for sharing buddy.
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For awhile, it looked as though we were going to have a decent sunset tonight...but it never quite materialized.
Never materialized?

Nice shot!!
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Never materialized?

Nice shot!!
Yeah, great picture.

I'd actually like to get a high resolution copy of that photo.
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Yeah, great picture.

I'd actually like to get a high resolution copy of that photo.
Bill, just pm me your email addie and I'll send it to you.

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Never materialized?

Nice shot!!
Barb, it's usually easy to tell if we are going to get the really bright colors by looking at the cloud formation.

If there is cloud actually covering the mountain line, then it's not so good. But if the cloud is just above the mountains so that the sunshine can illuminate the clouds from below just as it sets, then we get the real beauties. More along the lines of this one...
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Man, that is the pits Keith, after tracking down the tiles and having them shipped in to find many broken, I would not be a happy camper at all. Is there a floor that you could have a broken tile design on? Maybe use some of the broken tile to cut 2 inch strips and make a grid and have broken tile in the squares in the grid. Just a though, and there may be other ways to make designs and fill in with a broken tile design.

I wonder why ya'll have so many beautiful sunsets up your way. What ever the reason they are sure pretty, thanks for sharing buddy.
Jim: I did a count on the number of tiles needed to complete that main floor area, including the kitchen and there is enough tile to cover the area using the whole tiles. But then there will need to be the entire perimeter which will be cut pieces. There isn't enough for that.

So I will be breaking into the larger tiles to complete all around the outside. It's not that big of a deal after all, but it would have been nice to have a lot less breakage.

Where the big workbench is sitting isn't yet tiled, and that will take 35 tiles, which I have set aside.

As for the sunsets, I expect it has something to do with the weather patterns here and the fact that Vancouver Island is the first land mass that the weather systems run into as they come across the Pacific. Most of the time we can see the weather as it goes up or down the island, and there is usually some open sky between us and the island which allows us to see these sunsets.

This one's for you Jim.
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You can see the area to be covered where the bench is. Doesn't look like much, but it will chew up 35 tiles - which are set aside.
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Got quite a bit of the kitchen area set today - until I ran out of thinset. That six bags didn't last long.

I'm off to the island tomorrow to act as photographer for a Rod run, so I'll bring a few bags of thinset back with me.
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Where those Pex lines come up into the kitchen counter, I think I will build a small box to go around them for protection. Never know when the eighth wonder might kick them!
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