Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Raised floors

The bottom of our cabinets once seemed to be levitating, but are now becoming even with the finished floor level. Because of the wood flooring we ordered, the remainder of the flooring (tile and brick) has to be raised to the wood floor level which is 1-1/2" above the slab.


To raise these tiles to be even with the wood flooring, the installers can't use thin set install. Instead, they are preparing a mud bed today to raise the floor level. When I walked in the side door today, it was obvious I couldn't go very far. The mud bed was almost to that door. So I scooted through the utility room and came in the back way, only to be greeted by this pile of sand in the middle of the floor.  My first thought was how much fun my granddaughter would have if she were allowed to play in all that sand.

A few weeks ago, when planning the installs, the tile/carpet/countertop company told us the wood flooring company could start first if they wanted to. The wood flooring company wanted the tile men to start first because they didn't want the wet mess on their wood flooring. After one day of watching the tile installers, I realize just how messy it is getting.

The pile of boxes to the right of the picture contains the thin bricks that will cover the floor in the kitchen, mudroom, utility room, and hallway. After playing with tiles in wet mud today, we now have a plan of how these brick tiles will be laid.

Our kitchen is not a rectangle, so we had to figure out how to position the bricks so avoid awkward spots when the kitchen bricks meet the bricks at the door to the utility room. The kitchen has a diagonal back wall. Not only that, but it also has two bends in the cabinet on that wall. Plus, there is yet another angle in the island. With so many angles, we chose to lay the bricks in the hallway in a straight pattern and continue that pattern into the kitchen. There will be some places where the bricks will be parallel with the cabinets, and other places where the bricks will be at a diagonal.  It's the cabinets, not the brick pattern that will cause the difference.

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