Our front door opens up into our living room that is currently wall-wall carpet. I want to cut the carpet out in front of the door a little wider than the doorway and about as far out and lay ceramic tile to create a little place in front of the door to kick you shoes off, etc. How would I go about doing this. Could I just cut the carpet and pad down to the wood floor, screw a piece of cement board down and glue the tiles to it? What about a transition between the carpet and tile, how is this done? Thanks!
Floor prep is everything. Let's correctly identify your sub floor. Is this on the second floor or is the a living area beneath. If not and your home has a crawl space underneath to the earth. You may have to reinforce the existing sub floor if it is wood. Check to see underneath the carpet if you have a plywood,plank or composite-flake board.
As far as adhering tile to a new surface, you are correct to consider cementboard. I would suggest you not screw the board into a wood sub floor because the screws will back out use underlayment nails or roofing nails instead.
The correct choice of stuff to adhere the tile is mortar- thinset with additive.
A correct transition to finish the surface would be a metal trim design for tile application ie. Schluter trim.
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