Christmas has come and gone and the break was quickly welcomed. We spent Christmas and celebrated with the rest of the family down at my in-laws farm 5hrs drive from Sydney. My husbands presents all seemed to be themed around home renovations (poor thing) and with the impending tiling to start on our return from the farm, Anthony received some self-leveling tile alignment systems (Thanks Santa!)
Before we started on cutting the tiles and dry laying them, I got onto the computer and with a handful of room measurements layed out what our floor tile pattern would look like. In doing so we found that we required a lot more tiles than initially ordered. So the start hadn’t been a good one. As we have put a deadline on ourselves to get tiling complete by Jan 10 (shower screen guys are coming over to do a measure), we now have decided to just focus around the shower areas. It has been frustrating working like this as we seem to be working piecemeal, leaving a lot unfinished. But I guess due to the nature of this build it’s all to be expected.
We then made the decision to invest in a tile cutter as the electric tile cutter wasn’t giving us nice straight cuts. A trip to Bunnings and $218 later we bought a tile cutter. First few cuts seemed ok. Anthony was right into it, measuring and cutting and worked out how he would cut the falls to the drain. Then we started to run into problems and with not enough tiles in the first place, it felt like every tile was precious. Tile after tile we were breaking more and more. You can imagine that this was really getting to us and a few items were thrown around in the room. Eventually we decided we weren’t going to waste anymore time on the tile cutter we bought and headed back to Bunnings to exchange it. It wasn’t acceptable that the cutter wasn’t doing its job after a few cuts and in the process wasting money for us.
This time round things are looking much better. We are currently still dry laying the tiles in the ensuite hoping to finish this off and then make a start on the bathroom tomorrow.