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Unread 06-06-2006, 05:58 AM   #1
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Question Design??? Question

OK guys, the tile has been ordered. 20x20s with a natural (slightly wavy) edge. It's going into the kitchen/DR and meets the hardwood of the LR at a 7' wide opening. I had always believed that you snapped a chilk line through the middle of the space and went from there. We were told that there should be whole tiles against this opening becuase it would look better. What's your verdict?
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Unread 06-06-2006, 06:28 AM   #2
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There is no "one size fits all" solution for layout, except to do what looks best. Yes, it's nice to have whole tiles in the doorway, but not if it makes the rest of the room look crappy. You may have to do a couple of dry layouts before you find the one that looks best.
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It's in the book, Neesie. Has it arrived yet?

Really, I spend quite a few pages on floor layout. You need the book.
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I rarely put full tiles in a doorway when it meets wood IF the wood is already installed. Hardly ever do I see two different floors square up to each other that well. A lot of wood guys I see don't chalk a line they eyeball it. You can imagine what that looks like.

Also how thick is the tile? Maybe the factory edge will match in height and a cut edge will be higher. Is there going to be a t-mold?
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I strongly agree with Eric
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you could put in a breaker. cut tiles down to about 3" or 4" strips, run them across the door then you could put a cut in meeting the breaker or (header) pieces cut edge to cut edge. or if you do go with a full factory to factory. the nice thing is you can adjust your layout by a couple of inches by adjusting the size of the breaker, or to the wood that might be out of square
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John, no the book hasn't gotten here yet. I figured it was in there though. Can't wait to get it.

Trust me guys, the wood is straight. No worries there. Put down by a perfectionist and I helped snap the lines.

There is a T mold to accomodate for any difference in height.
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In that case I would take a measurement, do some math, and then make a decision. You wouldn't want a sliver on the opposing wall. If the adjoining room(s) is out of square to the rest of the house the t-molding will give you a breather for adjustment if necessary. Four times this year I have had a full tile in the entry and against a back wall . Once I had that and the scrap from one wall's cut's fit the other wall . Love it when that happens.
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some builders want the tile installed before the cabinets, that can make you do some extra lay out work trying to figure out the toe kick measurement from the wall to avoid a sliver tile cut. Gary
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