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04-20-2015, 10:30 AM
I've been lurking around the forum for a while, and have been renovating my master bathroom. I had it in mind to do all the work myself, but decided I'd really like an experienced tile setter to do the actual tile work. All the construction is done and it's ready for tile, but I have no idea how to find someone I trust. Unfortunately, I've seen some pretty awful work first hand and don't want to be on the receiving end. I figured that this would be the best place to ask for recommendations.

Bathroom is fairly small, approximately 55 sq-ft on the floor. Shower enclosure is all Schluter, with kerdi-board on the walls, kerdi-line drain, sloped shower base, etc. Ditra-XL is on the floor. Tile will be honed venato carrara marble, 12x12 for the majority, and 2x2 mosaic on the shower floor. I have 8 bags of ditra-set mortar.

Pictures attached of the current state of things, and images with my desired tile layout. Any help/suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Thank you.


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04-20-2015, 10:31 AM
A couple more pictures.

04-20-2015, 05:02 PM
My only suggestion is to add a piece of Kerdi band to the joint between the curb and the Ditra as shown in this video:


04-20-2015, 06:56 PM
Thanks. Was planning on that too. Just installed the ditra yesterday so need to mix up some unmodified to put that piece in.

04-20-2015, 06:59 PM
Clean work Mark.Nice job

04-21-2015, 10:23 AM
Thanks! It's good I don't have to pay myself by the hour though! :)

04-21-2015, 01:19 PM
Hi Mark:)

Nice work on your shower project, and nice SketchUp. I used a rendering by the customer on my current job and it really makes the job easier.

I have a good friend in Costa Mesa and waiting to see if he is available or not, as far as trust I would put my name on the line for him. Not that he needs it, he has been setting tile out there for 30 years. He might be too busy though.

04-21-2015, 02:02 PM
Thank you so much! I'll keep my fingers crossed.

04-21-2015, 03:28 PM
Thanks Jon, Mark PM sent!

05-21-2015, 04:21 PM
Mark is amazing on the layout thank you for making my job easy

05-21-2015, 05:26 PM
Thanks Shaun, it's looking great, can't wait to see it all finished. Will be fun to post up some before and after pictures!

05-23-2015, 08:01 PM
I'll be done Tuesday, holiday Mon.

05-24-2015, 04:40 AM
Looking good gentlemen:tup1:

Peerless Tile
05-24-2015, 05:00 AM
This thread is a perfect example of why this site is great.....People helping people.

Can't wait to see the final product.

05-26-2015, 04:20 PM
Very nice! Yes, an awesome forum!

05-27-2015, 12:24 PM
Shaun did a great job on the bathroom. I'm so glad to have had a good recommendation through the forum. And really glad that I decided to have a pro do this phase of the project. I think my downstairs bath will be a better first test for my tile setting.

Unfortunately my quick pictures don't do this justice, looks much brighter and better in person.

First a couple before pics...because, seriously, who wouldn't want carpet in the bathroom???

05-27-2015, 02:27 PM
Amazing job fellas.

06-09-2015, 11:35 AM
Thank you Mark, It was a pleasure working for you!

Van Osdol Marble and Tile
06-11-2015, 07:02 PM
Why do you use the leveling clips instead of doing a mud set installation?

Van Osdol Marble and Tile
06-11-2015, 07:08 PM
What did the labor cost you and how long did it take to install?

06-11-2015, 09:20 PM
Shaun doesn't know how to mud walls so that's why he has to rely on these overpriced newfangled plastic thingy's to muster up something resembling passable workmanship.


06-23-2015, 04:31 PM