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Unread 08-13-2010, 09:32 AM   #1
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Layout question


Am continuing with my endless renovation and am now in the foyer.

My wife insisted I remove the tiles that the previous owner had put up judging them unsightly. Were it not for the fact that their installation was pretty bad, I would have left them.

So now I have bought Venis by Porcelanosa tiles for the area.

The tiles are 13" X 8".

These are to be installed in the L shaped corner made by the closet's wall and the short wall separating the foyer from the livingroom.

The walls are respectively 35 1/2" and 31" in width and 10' 4" tall; the ceiling of the shorter wall slopes down by about 4" from the corner, but that is not an issue.

My question is whether I should center one tile on each of these walls and cut two equal strips of tile to place either side, the strips being approx. 11" for one wall and 9" for the other?

Am I better off having an uncut edge at either open side and simply cutting the tiles that butt at the corner with one strip being 11" the other 5"?

The edges will be finished with a metal profile.

This angle is the first thing you see as you come in and is a little less than 7' from the front door.


P.S. I guess the same sort of question can be asked for the horizontal layout, but I am quite certain I will start with a complete tlie up top and have a partial tile of about 5" at the bottom, unless I am told that cutting top and bottom to have everything even is the way to go.
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Unread 08-13-2010, 09:39 AM   #2
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I vote to center a tile and make equal cuts on the side.
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Unread 08-13-2010, 09:52 AM   #3
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Normally, you center the tiles on the wall, and have bigger-than-half tiles in the inside corners. However, because this is an outside corner that is quite visible, you might want to start with whole tiles and let them end up where they do. The only drawback is that the walls must be straight and plumb so the corner is straight and plumb in both directions or you may end up with a gap or overlap as you go from floor to ceiling. I assume that your metal profile covers the entire edge of the cut tiles? If it does, it will allow you to trim the tiles a little to compensate for any un-straightness issues.

A similar issue may exist at the floor and ceiling. I would not put the 5" strip at floor level. Instead, I'd find the low spot along those walls and start with a whole tile there, and trim as required to match the slope. Put the narrow strip at the top, and trim it to match the ceiling profile. Unless you were wanting a baseboard effect (for which I think you would want a contrasting color, texture or thickness for that application), having the narrower strip along the ceiling will make more sense to most people.
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Thanks Bob,

I don't think it makes any difference answer-wise, but the two walls create an inside corner, so that whole tiles with a totally clean edge would be along the edges of both walls and the cut ones in the corner.

I think I did not make that clear in my post. I wish I could figure out how to post pictures. Seems I am always told that the attachment is too large...


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I don't know when you last tried to upload photos but some recent changes to the vBulletin software has made this process easier. Here is a thread from our computer training forum that tells how to go about it. If the file size is > 2 mb you may have trouble uploading it without first resizing the image. Do you have photo manipulation software like PhotoShop? You can resize with it or like the thread tells you you can download Irfanview from the web for free. It is very easy to do.

If that doesn't work, I'll always think it should have.
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