We’ve got another master bathroom shower update for you. Here we are on July 18th, 2009. Kyle finally found some time to lay the tile for the shower floor. We used the same smaller tiles that we used for the little stripe across the walls of the shower.
First you lay out your tiles to see how they fit. You want it to be even on both sides (You don’t want to have to have a tiny sliver of tiles on one side of the showers. Even though it means more work, and you may have to cut tiles for both sides of the shower floor, it will look better in the end if it’s as even as possible on both sides, so you might want to take the extra time to do it if you know it might bother you later.
We had this dilemma because it turned out the drain was just about a half an inch off center, which made the tiles have about an inch space on one side. We decided we were okay with this because this problem would create 4 times the amount of shower cuts. So we did it the lazy way. In the end, it actually looked okay because the tiles are smaller. It is a lot more noticeable with big tiles. Also, because there are the border walls for the shower door framing, and also, once the shower doors go on, flaws like this won’t really stand out so much.
So in this picture, the tiles are just laying on the cement, they are not set with anything, and you can see the almost inch of space on the left side. So Kyle had to cut small pieces to fit that side. All the rest of the tiles fit perfectly around the drain and from front to back. The other space adjacent to the drain will have to be filled with weirdly cut tile shapes.
Once you’ve got it all figured out, then you can pick up the tiles and draw lines where your tiles are going to go:
Then you can slap down your mortar (one tile’s worth at a time) and lay your tiles. Make sure you have a trowel with the proper notch sizes and scrape the mortar at a 45 degree angle where you’re going to lay the tile.
Once you’re done you’ll have this:
When you’re done, it’s a good idea to wipe off all the extra mortar floating on top, and also scrape the cracks because if the mortar is in the way inside the cracks, it’s a lot harder to properly grout. We learned the hard way and didn’t scrape out the cracks while it was still wet. When it’s hardened, it’s a lot harder to scrape the mortar out of the cracks.
Kyle still needed to cut the weirdly shaped pieces to go around the drain, but we’re almost done at this point. You can see that he had also already finished tiling the shower door framing, which also has the smaller tiles.
Yay for almost having a new shower! Once Kyle cut and set the tiny pieces around the drain, I did the grouting, because, after all, that’s the woman’s job right? lol! So stay tuned!