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Old 06-12-2013, 08:23 PM   #1
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tiling pattern help

I'm getting ready to tile my bathroom. I laid out the 12x12 tiles to see how they would fit and my problem is I have about a 2" in gap between the tub skirt edge and the full tile. I suppose I could tile the 2" gap but I feel that would look weird against the tub or against the wall. I thought about moving the tub but then it would be too far from the wall.

So I'm thinking of shifting everything over about 6" so I have half a tile against my east wall and approx. 8" against the tub skirt. Does this sound correct? halp.



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Old 06-12-2013, 08:35 PM   #2
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Yes, that is how you tile. Split the difference between walls

I typically start a full tile at the door threshold since you see that first.
But if the other walls come up short, adjust

Sometimes you get lucky and can hide the short sides under a vanity or something

Lay it all out, make your cuts, lay it out again to be sure... Number the backs of the tile.... then get started
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:29 PM   #3
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I'm really tempted to move the tub over and add wall on top of the existing wall. My gf was saying to add a piece of strip/tile in that gap, that it wouldn't look bad. (I know the hardibacker is at an angle, that was my fault.)



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You could move your tub but then your plumbing will be off...

It's only a 1" gap and your grout lines look like 1/4"?
You can hide 3/4" by shifting the tiles to the tub and getting a thicker base molding on the opposite wall.... Add quarter round molding on top of it...


Thicker grout lines?
Thicker base molding?

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You could move your tub but then your plumbing will be off...

It's only a 1" gap and your grout lines look like 1/4"?
You can hide 3/4" by shifting the tiles to the tub and getting a thicker base molding on the opposite wall.... Add quarter round molding on top of it...


Thicker grout lines?
Thicker base molding?

In the industry we do a thing called "spacing" the tiles a little further than the spacer but not big enough to be noticed. Start with full pieces at the door and if the space left is 3/4 and above, just cut a piece of tile and use it. Try to keep cuts by the least visible walls/areas.
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Also as jonjon said, moldings or bases help a lot!
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In the industry we do a thing called "spacing" the tiles a little further than the spacer but not big enough to be noticed. Start with full pieces at the door and if the space left is 3/4 and above, just cut a piece of tile and use it. Try to keep cuts by the least visible walls/areas.
Yea, he doesn't have much to make up but 1/4" is already kinda thick.
Definitely use sanded grout to minimize cracking and don't grout at the tub...

Use color matched caulk

Moldings are great for hiding things with finish work
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Yea, he doesn't have much to make up but 1/4" is already kinda thick.
Definitely use sanded grout to minimize cracking and don't grout at the tub...

Use color matched caulk

Moldings are great for hiding things with finish work
Yes definitiley sanded grout. Also, I'd use 1/8" spacers. It'll look much better and cleaner but I guess that's preference. Another plus would be minimizing the chance for grout cracking even further. Try and color match the grout or something close to. I agree with the silicone by the tub idea as well. Too much grout will crack without a doubt. Good luck and if you have any other questions feel free to ask.
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tiling pattern help

Yea the 1/4 is kinda spaced out, think I'm going to turn the spacers on their sides. I've been reading about base molding and it looks like I can make up more than 1in with a baseboard with a shoe. You guys definitely did help, thanks.


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Tiling came out pretty good for my first time. I washed it a few times and i'll buff it out today. I can install my toilet now, caulk everything and start installing my walls.
(Everything_went_better_than_expected.jpg)



The mess after I tore everything out.
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Put the toilet in last. Otherwise it'll just get in the way
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