Tile Floor Finishes Bathroom

by Peter Bales | 18th August 2014

I installed a tile shower and backsplash in this bathroom in Ellettsville, Indiana about a year ago. (Read about it here.)  They invited me back to finish the bathroom with a tile floor as well. The existing hardwood floors were in fine shape, but they wanted to have tile throughout.  Tearing up the hardwoods was a […] Read More

Herringbone Tile Floor Looks Like Wood

by Peter Bales | 12th July 2014

Some tile designs are very distinctive.  This project in Ellettsville (Bloomington), Indiana used a Herringbone pattern with tiles that looked like wood planks. Herringbone is a tile layout that involves alternating tiles diagonally from each other.  Being the nerd that I am, I looked it up and yes, the pattern does resemble a herring’s bones!  Read more […] Read More

A New ‘Old’ Bathroom in Bloomington

by Peter Bales | 28th December 2013

Sometimes people want the latest and greatest modern design.  Other times, they want to stay traditional.  Don’t call it old-fashioned!  Call it classic.  This older home near Indiana University in Bloomington had a bathroom that was fine, but it just didn’t fit into the amazing character of a home that was at least 75 years old and […] Read More

Retirement Retreat- Shower with Pebble Floor

by Peter Bales | 26th September 2013

In preparing for retirement, these clients were remodeling a beautiful home in Brazil, IN.  I was called upon to do the tile in the master bathroom as well as a new backsplash for the kitchen.  This wasn’t going to be an ordinary bathroom.  They were aiming for spectacular! Shower with Style The shower doubled in […] Read More

Testimonial for Tile Floor Project in Spencer

by Peter Bales | 21st August 2012

I finished up this tile floor project in Spencer, IN (west of Bloomington) and received this testimonial from my client, Bill G.: “Job:  After carpet torn up lay ceramic tile in kitchen and finish trim in half bath. Results: Absolutely beautiful.  The kitchen tile has changed the whole look of that area of the house.  […] Read More

Simple and Beautiful Kitchen Floor Upgrade

by Peter Bales | 1st August 2012

Everyone is different and there’s a tile for every taste.  Some people want exotic stone or interesting patterns with decorative elements thrown in.  These are a blast, but it’s also fun to keep it simple sometimes.  For this tile floor in Spencer, Indiana, (just outside of Bloomington) the homeowners weren’t wanting anything fancy or extravagant.  Honestly, I think […] Read More

Ditra Easy Underlayment for Tile Floors

by Peter Bales | 8th May 2012

Last fall I attended a class from Schluter Systems about some of their products including Ditra.  Ditra is the orange-colored waffle-looking stuff on the floor in this picture.  It’s not only much easier and cleaner to install than cementboard, but it’s touted as being a superior underlayment to actually give you a better tile installation […] Read More

Mix Up the Tile for the New Bathroom

by Peter Bales | 26th January 2012

I can go on and on about all the different ways to do tile.  That may be one reason I enjoy laying tile so much.  It lets me express my creative side.  Even if a client has all the tile picked out, I get to create the layout and imagine the final product and all […] Read More

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