Finishing the bathroom tile

Cathy took on the grouting of the bathroom floor. We picked a grout that has a very similar color to the floor tile in the hope that it will hide any remaining irregularities in joint width.

It’s sort of obvious, but there are a lot of joints to grout with the small two inch tiles. That in turn requires extra attention to make sure that all joints are filled and packed with grout all the way. It doesn’t hurt to go back a couple of times and spread additional grout that may fill little nooks and crevices that one missed the first time round.

The last thing we want is to leave a little gateway for the water to get underneath the tile.

We let the grout dry and cure before moving on to the wall tile. The bigger 12 by 12 inch tiles make the installation pretty easy and speedy.

The disadvantage of the larger tile is that cutting around drains and water supply lines becomes cumbersome, but was still manageable. The cutting and fitting just slowed the process down quite a bit.

Looking at the finished wall tile installation, we opted for a darker grout color. While it was desirable to have grout and tile color similar on the floor, to mask the joint irregularities and take some of the busyness of the small tile away, we agreed that more distinct joints on the larger wall tile was preferred.

Based on my grouting experience in the laundry room, I proactively protected the floor from all the darker grout droppings. I knew that the grouting would be messy and was eager to prevent stains on the finished tile floor.

Despite my difficult start, we are very happy with the end result. We feel assured that we have done our due diligence with all the moisture management aspects, which should provide us with good long-term durability and indoor air quality (IAQ).

Finishing the bathroom floor and walls also got us a whole big step closer to actually moving in!

About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

2 thoughts on “Finishing the bathroom tile

  1. Guys! Pretty soon you’ll actually be _using_ this finely tiled and grouted bathroom. You can stop the time-lapse then. OK?

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