This last week the tile in the back bathroom was finished by a contractor. I decided that these jobs are taking me entirely too long. I might have even skipped this remodel if I didn’t have to do it for LEED.
The original tile was on regular drywall and a prerequisite for LEED is that the tub/shower area must be paperless wall board made for wet areas.
I also had plenty of tile for the bathroom from the bulk purchase in 2015. I bought pebble tile for this project from Wayfair. I suppose this was a bit of a gamble but it was the only place I found tile that looked like it matched the tile on the vanity top. It is made of flat marble pebbles.
The natural edge was an inspiration I found on Houzz. I also was inspired by my nephew’s professional tile work to use pebble tile in the niche.
Since the field tile in the other two bathrooms is the same tile I asked for a diagonal install on the walls and squared on the floor. This is the opposite of the family room bath that has a diagonal floor and square shower.
After a couple of days the field tile was finished except for the area by the wider door. The back of the niche even had the pebble tile installed.
And the diagonal herringbone floor inset was also laid.
The contractor thought we might leave the wall next to the door untiled because the electrical switch cutouts ended past the edge of the field tile, but I didn’t like the idea of having possible splashes from the sink and vanity hit painted drywall instead of tile. So the next day the helper returned to finish the job. He had to install the wider door and tile the wall next to the door.
The next day was a long one installing the natural edge tile, and grouting everything. He finished the job and went home saving most of the clean up for the next day.
He was sore when he returned with our contractor to install the plumbing trim, toilet and vanity!