A heated tile floor

 

First step, the floor. The floor had some serious damage and rot, so part of the sub floor had to be replaced. I don’t want to talk about how fun it is to cut and install what is basically a giant puzzle piece.

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Once the subfloor was patched I covered the entire floor in backerboard, or hardiboard.

One of the requests for this bathroom was some kind of heat source localized to the bathroom. I decided to go with a heated floor. Heated floor mats are actually pretty reasonable if you aren’t covering a huge amount of space. The mat and the thermostat set me back less than 200 dollars. The wiring was already in the right place.

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Basically you tape the mat down and then use hot glue to hold things in place.

Then I wanted to see what my new tiles were going to look like.

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I decided to go with an offset pattern, although I very seriously considered a herringbone. But, considering that this was my first time using a tile saw, I thought it might be best of my cuts were straight cuts instead of on a diagonal.

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Luckily at this point in the construction there was a huge hole in the wall where the tub used to be, so I didn’t tile myself into a corner, so to speak.

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Tiles laid with spacers. Allowed to set for 24 hours before the grout.

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FINAL FLOOOR.

Now, the heated aspect can not be used for an entire month, because the tile need to cure that time without being super dried out. But, as I am writing this a month later, let me tell you, it is cozy on the feet.

 

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