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.