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Old 03-21-2012, 08:36 AM   #1
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Tile pattern

Does anyone know what the proper name for this pattern is and also the best way to figure the square footage of tile needed for each tile without doing the long math. Basically I want be able to walk into a room and if it's 250 sq ft, I want to know how much sq ft of the two tiles I need to do the job. Does that make sense?
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:56 AM   #2
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Gary,

Its called hopscotch or pinwheel depending on who you ask.

There's a very easy way to figure it out. Ask us - OR

1- measure the small tile in sq inches 'A'
2- measure the large tile in sq inches 'B'
3- combine the two numbers 'C'
4- divide A by C to get the percentage of small tiles 'D'
5- divide B by C to get the percentage of large tiles. 'E'
6- multiply D by the sf of the area to get the SF of the small tiles (not the number of small tiles)
7- multiply E by the SF of the area to get the SF of the large tiles (not the number of large tiles.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:02 AM   #3
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Thanks Paul. I knew there would be an easy way to do it.
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Easier than that, it takes one small tile for every large tile.

The problem with that layout is visual. Your smaller pieces don't run at the same angle (45 degrees) that they would in a modular installation (where the side of a small one is one-half that of a large one). Makes me a little dizzy walking into a room laid out that way. 'Course, I'm a little dizzy anyway.
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:06 PM   #5
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Thanks John,

I have a customer that wants their kitchen and foyer done with this pattern and I have not had the opportunity to do this pattern yet. I had no problem figuring the square footage, I just didn't know how to figure the amount of tile without laying it all out and counting spaces, so to speak.

Thanks again.
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Old 04-08-2012, 03:18 PM   #6
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Well guys thanks for all your help with this. Here are a couple of pics of my pinwheel layout. I tried to talk the customer into a 16" and 8" tile but they went with a 12" and a 6". The first ones are before grout and the last ones after.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:01 AM   #8
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Thanks Hammy, It wasn't hard, but it was the first time I did that pattern. Just different, took me a minute or two to get use to it. I like it and now I can add it to my list of design patterns.
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Its nice pattern and spaces itself out.
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Nice Job Gary,
It helps when the small tiles are the same color as the big ones. When using a contrasting color, the floor appears to be out of square when it is not. If i can find the pics of a job we did i will show them. Thanks. Good Job!
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:27 PM   #11
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John,

I see what you mean. The smaller tiles here are actually a different shade, you really can't tell though. Except for one box that I mingled in, they didn't have enough when the customer picked it out.

I would like to see your pics if you can find them.

Thanks for pat on the back, I appreciate it. This is the first time I have used Laticrete thinset. I have to give Henry props I loved it. I will be using more, I was a tried and true TEC guy, but I think the Laticrete Blue force is pulling me their way.
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Thanks Paul, that would definately make you think it was out of square, or at least something was.
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Paul, does it do any good to snap lines for that floor?
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We did our usual homage to gridding which was a plus line drawn across the floor offest to the far right. You only hit the reference line every few tiles. Since the far right wall was the one we built ourselves, we knew that one was straight. The tub wall was wavy, built in 1920. The pattern hid the fact the tub is also wavy (cheap tub) from manufacturing, and we had the glass tile 1x1's on hand.
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