Mike & Sandie's Foyer: New Flooring

Renovation Diary

The flooring is now complete! We went for a combination of marble tile and hardwood.
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Name: Mike and Sandie
Type of Project: Foyer renovation
Location: Saskatoon; Saskatchewan, Canada
Type of building: 2 1/2 story single-family home, built in 1919

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Schzaam! Hardwood & tile installed. Then came the tile sealant, silicone grout, and transition piece.

After much compare and contrast, we chose a naughty-gorgeous Carrera marble to keep the permanent elements of the renovation neutral, classy, and durable. Our philosophy: architectural elements are more permanent/less changeable and deserve consideration for longevity. Paint, furniture, and accessories are easy to change with style/the times/your mood swings, but the flooring deserved our attention and consideration. We spent more coin on the marble tile than budgeted in order to get a quality product and uphold our philosophy.

The cement board installed.
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Marble installed.
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After applying cement backer board to the subfloor, the tile was laid nice and quick. The reflective gleam of the polished marble boosts the natural light, wowie zowie! We are super happy we took the (calculated) risk & splurged.

Oooh! Shiny!
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After being laid the tile was sealed (after a 72 hour time lapse), and then grouted. We left a 1/32" width (paperclips for spacers) for the grout line, making the result as seamless as possible while still gaining the flexibility benefits of using a silicone grout (considering our freeze-thaw climate and level of traffic). Unfortunately, a white grout was the most appropriate available colour, and the end result is less than spectacular. Or maybe we’re just so neck-deep in this renovation we’ve lost perspective? Sometimes this crisis of confidence story arc happens in the middle of a project, and usually in the end we’re all face-palm for getting our knickers in a bunch over something that’s really just fine.

Hardwood installing.
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The hardwood floor installed.
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The parquet corner, with the transition piece installed.
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The hardwood covers a relatively small area, so it went in quick (even with fancy pantsy parquet corners).

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We’re delighted with the effect of dividing the foyer into two different “zones” with the tile and hardwood areas. The feeling is of a larger space with designated tasks: entering the house onto the tiled area (for the shedding or putting on of shoes and jackets), and then moving into the home sweet home where the hardwood begins. The result is pleasing to our practical sensibility.

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With the flooring complete it’s now time to turn our attention to decisions about the decor and finishings. Since we blew our budget on the marble, we’ve decided to scale back the expensive wallpaper (it can be added at a later date). We’re thinking first about keeping the space light and bright (no dark and moody tones), while volleying ideas about on colour. Exiting times, wahoo!

Estimated time for project: 10 weeks
Time remaining: 5 weeks

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us tomorrow for installment #8 of Mike and Sandie's Foyer Renovation.

(Images and diary text: Mike and Sandie)

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