Checkerboard

Our floors are finished and they are fabulous.

When it came to choosing flooring for the bathroom, the criteria were

1) Affordable/Cheap

2) Had a timeless appearance (We don’t want to be sick of it in 5 years.  We’d like to love it for 50!)

I love the vintage hexagonal tile, but because our bathroom is rather large, that’s a lot of grout lines to keep clean, and at $5-$6/ square foot, was more than we were hoping to spend.

I really didn’t want to do a modern- look… any modern tile that I would like would either not fit the era of the house, or be way too expensive.  After a little head-scratching, it hit me:  a checkerboard floor.

Checkerboard floors have been around for a loooooong time, so it fit that criteria.(http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/quick-history-checkerboard-flo-136019)

It also allowed us to use generic, solid black and white, 12″ tile, which we ordered from the American Olean “Urban Tones” collection from Lowes for $3.47/ sq foot.  We paid $400 in tile.

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The other thing we treated ourselves to was to heat the tile.  The bathroom has 3 exterior walls and is super cold during our long winters.  We knew that even thought it would be a bit of a splurge, it was a luxury that we would really appreciate on a daily basis.  We were able to order the heat coils online at 60% off, and paid about $500.  So if you factor in grout and mortar, the floor cost ~$1000.

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We have a jam packed weekend, but my husband was able to install the toilet this morning so, I think that means the bathroom is officially “open for business”  🙂

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One thought on “Checkerboard

  1. Seth Hoffman says:

    Looks great!

    We also installed electric in-floor heat when we did our bathroom. After living with it now, I wouldn’t tile a bathroom without it. So nice not to step on cold tile with bare feet!

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