After hardwoods were installed in the rest of the house, the peeling and cracking linoleum had to go. Todd and his wife not only designed the kitchen, but did all the hard work of laying tile themselves.
Doing the installation yourself is a great way to save on a renovation. Usually you can save 50% or more on a renovation simply by doing the work yourself. Even if you don’t have the skill for installation, you can possibly do the demolition yourself and save there.
Todd chose a Polished and Rectified 12″ x 24″ tile from SouthCypress.com. The larger format tile not only provides something different than the traditional 12″x12″ tile, but also reduces install time as each tile is 2x larger.
Todd used the recommended grout joint for Ottomano 12″ x 24″ – Argento which is is 1/8″.
The removal of the old linoleum floor, prep work and final installation took about two weeks.
Laying tile can be exhausting. Be sure to take breaks when you get tired.
Todd says “We looked for a high gloss, rich tile that brought out the marble grain of the tile. After a year of searching we fell in love with the Ottomano Argento Polished & Rectified 12″ x 24″.”
For the finishing touches, Todd told us, “I used three coats of Laticrete SpectraLock Pro Epoxy grout, which is waterproof and stainproof. The Laticrete tech stated it was fine to put down multiple layers to get a perfectly flat surface. I am so glad we made the extra effort, the results are spectacular.”
The floor did turn out spectacularly, and Todd and his family will be able to enjoy this beautiful floor for many years to come.