Plan­ning points

Home Beautiful - - DESIGN FILE -

Bud­get­ing is key. Fac­tor in the sup­ply cost of tiles, and the labour. “Any­thing above a stan­dard ‘bond’ lay of 300mm x 600mm tiles adds to the lay­ing costs,” ex­plains Vanessa Cook of Smarter Bath­rooms. Small tiles in sheets can be time con­sum­ing to lay, while large for­mats may need two tilers on site due to their weight. Ex­tra-large tiles are on trend, but are es­pe­cially tricky as they need flat walls and floors – and if you are re­vamp­ing an old house you may need to resur­face your room, ad­ding to the cost. Bud­get tiles can look amaz­ing ar­ranged in an un­usual way, but be warned: “Lay­ing a her­ring­bone or a chevron pat­tern is com­plex, as the pat­tern must line up,” says Vanessa, who ad­vises check­ing with a tiler if a pat­tern lay is fea­si­ble with your cho­sen tile be­fore or­der­ing. Bal­anc­ing higher labour cost ar­eas with a sim­ple tile and lay in non-fea­ture spa­ces can help.

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