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Old 01-20-2014, 09:44 AM   #1
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Tile Layout Plan - Please Critique


My bathroom odyssey continues... I've decided on a 12x24 inch tile that I like and fits my budget. I'm planning on using the same tile on the floor and walls, including a wainscot all the way around the room. I put together the attached layout plan and would appreciate feedback from the experts.

I am planning on a vertical tile layout - I spent a lot of time browsing showrooms and liked the look. I figure I will put the ledger board at the height of the bathtub spout pipe - about 6" above the tub deck (saves at least one headache of a mid-tile cut). Height from the deck to the ceiling is 70", so that works out quite well to use three tiles vertically with little waste. I thougt about starting with a full tile, but that would give me a low wainscot with two tiles (39") to keep the grout lines aligned. Plan as drawn would be about 45", 5" below the bottom of my outlets/switches.

Will probably use a Schluter Quadec edging on the tub outside corner and the drop from the ceiling to the wainscot. Debating if I take that all of the way around or maybe go with a wood molding.

Grout color will be as close as possible to the tile color to minimize any alignment issues. Thinking 1/4" spacers. Also planning on using a tile leveling system (Lash?).

Medium bed / large tile mortar with a 1/2 x 1/2 trowel.

My plan:

1. Start on wall D at the right edge of the tub. This will let me keep the grout lines running straight from the floor up the wall. Will tile all walls from the ledger board up first.
2. Tile the floor.
3. Remove the ledger and tile down to the tub deck and floor.
4. Grout.

Anything I am missing? Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:58 PM   #2
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test it on the walls in pencil or with caulk lines. Start: Centered on back wall of tub. Check to proposed floor layout.

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What you are forgetting is that at some point you will have the vertical width against a length of floor tile. Two widths of tile plus a grout joint make it longer ( by a grout joint) than the length of the tile. Everything would workout if you used 12x12 on the floor.
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I finally got started, and it is slow going, but it is looking good. I forgot how time consuming and messy this job is. Life keeps interfering so I only have completed the 1-2 tiles from the ledger board up, with most of my cuts still to come.

Four full tiles from the right on the back wall (D) ended exactly at the point on the floor where the tub apron ends, so my floor grout lines will line up with the back wall. I was never too concerned about the side walls - the right wall will almost completly blocked by the toilet, vanity and whatever shelf goes in the open space by the door. The left wall only has three feet of interface with the tile floor.

I'm using the QEP Lash system for leveling and it works good. A bit pricey ($30 for 200 spacers and 100 wedges) but it is much faster and more reliable than trying to manually level. Saving the floor for last since I can't seem to stop dropping thinset everywhere....
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