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Unread 08-14-2005, 07:33 PM   #1
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Optimal tile layout for front hall entry

Need advice on tile layout for front hall entry. I have decided to do a traditional grid with no offsets, but want some input on how to best layout my tile in the area.

The area is 13'4" long by 42-43" wide, with the l 13'4" running straight out from my front door.

The tile I have selected is a 13" ceramic. I plan to use a 1/8" grout line.

My main concern is how to lay the tile out across the width (43" wide). My problem is that both edges have door openings. I'll try to describe it best I can without the aid of a decent drawing tool;


I could cut the two outside rows of tile so as to have;

8.5 | 13 | 13 | 8.5

or I could cut one row;

4 | 13 | 13 | 13

or I could cut all 4 rows to equal sizes;

10.5 | 10.5 | 10.5 | 10.5


I am not bothered by the extra cutting as I do not want to make things easy at the expense of a nice looking job.

I have ordered John's book, but its still in transit.

I am attaching a picture of the area in the hopes it will help.

TIA,

Chris
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Unread 08-14-2005, 09:07 PM   #2
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I like the first one with the 8.5's on each side.
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Unread 08-14-2005, 10:27 PM   #3
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I'll second that.
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Unread 08-15-2005, 12:16 AM   #4
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Unread 08-15-2005, 06:17 AM   #5
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Hello Chris,
Is adding a 4" strip of underlayment to the hardwood opening not going to be an option? If you pulled the tileline into that opening, you will end up with nearly a full tile at the door also.
Otherwise, I agree with everyone else.
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Hello Chris,
Is adding a 4" strip of underlayment to the hardwood opening not going to be an option? If you pulled the tileline into that opening, you will end up with nearly a full tile at the door also.
Otherwise, I agree with everyone else.
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I do not catch your drift. If you look closely, there are two hardwood openings (per picture: left middle and right end).

If I only had the opening on the left middle, I would do the 13 | 13 | 13 | 4-ish layout. However, with openings on both sides I was hoping to make it slightly more symmetrical.
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Unread 08-15-2005, 09:47 PM   #7
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Sorry about that. I misunderstood your situation. I think the matched 8 1/2" tiles might be the best solution.
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Unread 08-16-2005, 02:48 PM   #8
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ttt

looks like I am going to try the 85. | 13 | 13 | 8.5 layout unless I hear different in the next couple of days.
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