Pantry floor

I would like to ease out of the bathroom topic into something a little different, like hardwood floors. Let’s attempt this transition with a post about tiles on a floor…

What is now our pantry was originally a staircase down to the basement. We had decided to eliminate that staircase and after some simple framing, I had it closed up. That left us, however, with one room on the 1st floor that did not have an existing floor covering – the new pantry.

Because we are sitting on a bunch of salvaged floor tiles, so much so that we have enough beyond the bathrooms, we decided to also use them for the pantry floor.

The plywood cover is certainly suitable as a subfloor, but not for the tiles. I needed a layer of underlayment, such as cement board or fiberock (R), onto which I could install the floor tiles.

Because the pantry floor promised to be a simpler installation than the bathroom – i.e. no sloping floors – I dared to take on the installation myself rather than falling back onto Cathy’s tiling skills.

It turned out OK for a pantry, and should look presentable once I grout the joints.

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.

One thought on “Pantry floor

  1. Sure the floor looks fine…. but this is a pantry….. and the shelves are far more important!!! space looks narrow …. hurry and put up the shelves so we can see and learn ….. 🙂

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