I’ve been absent from LJ’s for quite a while helping friends and relative’s around the state do remodel work on their homes. I thought I would share a couple things we worked on.
First up is an entryway of 1X4 hickory flooring inlaid with 18” travertine tile. The space is 6’x10’ and the Mrs. wanted the pattern to be set on the bias. Neither my pal Ken nor I had ever done a mixed media floor like this so it took us nearly a day to just plan how we were going to fit 4” x 3/4” hickory with 1/2” thick travertine. Travertine tile is very brittle and needs to be very well supported by the thinset mortar. Then we planned the layout against the front wall, an existing angled threshold to a cherry floor in the front room, a bi-fold coat closet and the new flooring in the hallway, family room, dining room. Here are a couple pics. Each piece of hickory is tongue and groove jointed on sides and ends.
We went with 1/16” grout lines so everything was a very tight fit. This design element turned out great but added lots of labor in fitting and laying each tile.
We also laid a 30” hickory floor around the family and dining room and down the hallway.
Then travertine inside that…. about 250 square feet….the Mrs. sorted and hand selected each tile for color and pattern.
Needless to say, the old guys spent way too many hours on hands and knees. The entire flooring project took two us weeks, but this was a beautiful upgrade from linoleum and carpet.
Next blog will be on the Pantry cabinet built into the space left when the refrigerator was moved across the kitchen.