Tile Installation in a Hobbit House
Step 1: Preparation
In this step, we aim to have a smooth and level surface to build our tile floor. Typically, in basement finishes or custom projects like the Hobbit house, you’ll have a concrete slab that may not be very level.
The first task is applying a self-leveling compound to level the floor. We also use a primer to help it adhere to the existing concrete. Additionally, we place foam around the perimeter to prevent the compound from seeping behind the walls.
Next, we install the floor underlayment membrane. We use the Schluter DITRA, an orange sheet with a waffle pattern. It’s cemented down with a thin-set to the self-leveling compound. This anti-fracture membrane provides flexibility to the floor, allowing it to absorb slight movements in the concrete slab. More importantly, it prevents cracks from transferring to the tiles.
Step 2: Tile Installation
We start by deciding the tile orientation and pattern. We chose a random staggered pattern for this project to complement the wood-look tile. We use a chalk line to create a straight reference line for the first row of tiles, ensuring it’s straight regardless of the wall’s condition.
Then, we apply thin-set mortar to the floor, ensuring complete coverage for each tile to prevent cracking.
Step 3: Grouting
We begin by cleaning out any excess thin-set between the tiles, creating space for the grout. After vacuuming and mopping the floor, we mix the grout and choose the color. We apply the grout, pushing it between the tiles. After it dries slightly, we use a sponge to wipe off excess grout while leaving the desired texture.
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