Monday we continued the search for basement floor and bathroom materials. We have the basement bathroom floor figured out (thanks to the awesome FREE tiles from Dad #2) but are still discussing what to do with the shower walls and the floor in the main living area.
We went to Family Tile and Home Depot (both here in Newark. Family Tile had an impressive selection of glass tile, which we really liked but not for a bathroom we’re not living in. I think we’ll go back when it’s time to do a kitchen backsplash or bathroom that we’re actually using. None of their $0.99 sqft tile matched our free tile, so it was off to Home Depot.
I like how the doors go all the way up (the other one didn’t) but more importantly it’s only $74.
If you’re a math whiz like me, you know $74 is better than $98. Add that $24 back to the budget. Woot!
They’re basic and inoffensive. I was thinking one for the bathroom, one for the kitchen.
And 2 for $15.97 works well with ye-old-budget. The bathroom doesn’t have a window though, so we might need something that vents. Maybe?
Shower: Tile or Surround?
We’re not sure where the access to the shower plumbing is. If we have to go in through wall, a plastic shower surround would be easier to pop off than tile, if (God forbid) we have to fix something.
According to our blueprints, the tub is an odd size and the surrounds we found were too short. Of course, there’s a very real chance the blueprints aren’t 100% accurate. We will remeasure before making any final decisions.
If we tile, I’m liking basic white. Home Depot had a good selection that were within budget. (I was originally thinking subway tile but they’re seem to be more expensive that the basic square stuff.)
I don’t think we’ll get fancy and do a decorative border but I am toying with the idea of laying them on the diagonal.
Or maybe lay the floor on the diagonal and the shower horizontal? I think having both the floor and the shower on the diagonal might be a much. Do you??
I’m also browsing Craigslist for tiles deals too. If you see any listings – or want to suggest a place to check out – around the greater Newark area, send the link my way. The price to beat is currently $1.28/sqft.