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For Great Tile Floors, Layout is Everything

Take time to snap a few chalklines and find where the cuts are, and tiling becomes an easier task with better results

What makes a great tile floor? It's not necessarily the tile. A great tile floor starts with a great layout. Tile contractor David Hart describes his process for laying out tile floors. After getting the size of the tile for the floor, Hart begins by creating a grid to determine the layout. The grid is made up of several tiles arranged into a square block and include space for grout lines on two sides. After determining the focal point or points in the room, he creates a reference line parallel to the walls on the floor, then another line perpendicular to that. Next, Hart measures from the reference lines to various points in the room to determine cuts. If he is satisfied with the potential layout, he proceeds; if not, he "erases" the reference lines with a damp sponge and starts over. When Hart has a layout that works, he transfers the grid to the floor and then is ready to start tiling. Diagonal tile layouts involve basically the same steps, although making cuts for diagonal layouts can be more time-consuming.

For Great Tile Floors, Layout is Everything

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