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

New Shower Matching Older Tile

by Peter Bales | 1st October 2013

These homeowners no longer needed a large soaking whirlpool tub.  Instead they wanted a shower.  The trick was that they liked their tile and wanted to change as little of it as possible.  The new shower would need to look like it wasn’t new and blend with the older tile.  No small order. Usually, when clients […] Read More

Add Some Color with a Mosaic Glass Backsplash

by Peter Bales | 3rd November 2012

This week I got to help a family west of Spencer, IN brighten up their kitchen.  The job called for installing a new backsplash consisting of some beautiful red glass tiles. If you pick up a kitchen and bath magazine you’ll probably see lots of glass tiles, especially on walls.  Although it’s very popular right […] 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

Glass Tile for a Beautiful Fireplace

by Peter Bales | 26th June 2012

I recently had the opportunity to tile this fireplace for an investor who was renovating the home.  The rest of the home would be getting serious upgrades, including raising the roof to add an entire additional master suite.  The fireplace needed a similar facelift and would get some small glass subway tiles to dress it up a […] 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

Luxury Shower with Large Tiles

by Peter Bales | 28th April 2012

I recently had the pleasure of helping a client with a complete home renovation.  He was adding a second story to the home that would include a spacious master suite.  I got the job of installing all the tile in the house, starting with the master bath and a very large tile shower that would […] 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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