Our floors are finished and they are fabulous.
When it came to choosing flooring for the bathroom, the criteria were
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.
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.
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” 🙂