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Unread 10-15-2019, 02:36 PM   #1
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Ceramic Shower Tile Layout Issue

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Hi, first-time user.

Given the first two rows shown in picture, I have to decide whether to maintain the grout lines of the two bottom rows all the way up or shift the grout lines to the left starting at row 4. Maintaining the grout lines would require a narrow strip of tiles all the way up the far left side of the shower (starting with row 4). Otherwise I will have two different grout line alignments (row 1-3 and row 4 - ceiling). Any advice appreciated. Hope the Pic shows.
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Unread 10-15-2019, 03:30 PM   #2
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Hi Mike. Figure out if you want a 50/50 stagger or a 1/3rd stagger and stick with it. I wouldn't do both.

Keep in mind when looking at your wall, you can control the up and down layout and you can also control the side to side layout, starting with full tiles where it looks best. Once you figure out where you want to start, the rest just flows from there.

I would start the up and down layout on top of the tub, that looks pleasant to the eye. Once that line is established, it will continue around the shower walls as well. That will make for a 2-3 inch cut at the shower floor. The side to side layout would start at the metal edge with full and half tiles (if doing the 50/50 stagger) and cut in at the right corner.

That's where I would start and then do some careful measuring to make sure it doesn't leave me with small slivers somewhere.
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So let the tub surround tile flow evenly into the shower and use a narrow band of tile at the bottom to accommodate that, right? Thank you for the advice!
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Unread 10-15-2019, 09:35 PM   #4
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There's no rules, Mike but that's probably what I would do.
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Definitely have the tub tile the same level as the wall tile. I’d either put a band at the bottom for between the 1st row and 2nd if it’s decorative.
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