Tiled floor for living room?

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Topic by Vasko posted 02-11-2012 06:29 PM 8061 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2012 06:29 PM

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I hope I posted this in the right forum?

I live in a mobile home, and I’ve torn out my carpet & pad throughout. I’m in the process of laying 3/4” ply on top of the existing sub floor to strengthen it (the mobile home is a Norris built in ‘88). I’m strongly partial to tiling the living room floor and main hallway that leads to the bedrooms and baths for several reasons. One, I hate carpet – call me weird. I do tons of gardening outdoors and tile is so easy to sweep & mop to clean. My living room and kitchen are one big space without division, and I’ve started laying Hardiebacker board and tile on top of the newly reinforced sub floor in the kitchen. The kitchen and living room would look seamless with the same tile in the living areas. Secondly, and this is hard to admit, I have two cats and they barf any time they see fit. These are my first cats – had I only known! lol Anyhow they are 9 years old now and I’m not getting rid of them. It would be so easy to clean & sanitize with a tile floor. Also I’m not fond of engineered wood, bamboo, etc.

I have two problems, if you can call them that. First, I have a wall between the living room and the so-called third bedroom. Since that “bedroom” was only 8’ x 10’, I tore 1/3 of the wall out on the exterior side and extended my living room. I use this little area as a reading room – it is lined with built-in bookcases and my desk is in there. I’ve already put down walnut stained T&G pine flooring in that small space. Personally, I have no problem using a threshold and transitioning from the pine flooring to a tile floor – the entire opening is 48” but is partially obscured by a curio cabinet. I don’t think it would be an eyesore to transition, and the reading room was meant to be a special place that looked different. My other “problem” is my best friends who I bounce ideas off – they think having a tiled living room is just plain strange. They think I should continue with the pine flooring. I love the look of both. The pine is soft of course, and I don’t know if it will take high traffic well. The little reading room gets much less traffic, and not in heavy work/gardening shoes. I won’t always remember to kick my shoes off at the door! Also, I really worry about the acid effects of the cats vomit/bile (sorry, I know it’s gross) eating away at the finish on the pine should I use it in the living room and hallways. I used Minwax stain and finished with Varathane Diamond satin on the pine.

I know it’s my place and I have to live with my choice, but I wanted to know what you folks who see this kind of stuff all the time think about tiled living areas, is it too odd/strange? Have you ever seen a tiled living room? I’m hoping just one person will say tile can look fine – I’m 99% set on tile! I should also add that I have a 125 gallon aquarium in the living room which lends itself to tile (rare/occasional water splashes while doing water changes). If it’s too weird an idea, tell me.

Thanks everyone…

-- Cindy, in the mountains of Virginia

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02-14-2012 04:48 AM

I have seen a home with tile on the LR floor. It was large ….close to 24” sq. This was in an upper scale home on the golf course…..and in this country….LOL I also saw one in southern Mexico but they use a lot of tile there. The tile looks nice. Can you lay it out so there are no small pieces along a wall when you go around a corner into another room? That is a must. You really need to lay it out on a computer and then buy tile THAT size. Make it work for you. I like to spread thinset on the plywood then lay my backer on that and screw it ever 8 inches in all directions. I have some that is 12 years old and have not cracks or problems of any kind. Good luck and …..hey decor is a personal thing. If you don’t sell it right away then who cares. If you plan to sell then you have to think about that. It will be out of date in a few years anyway…unless the economy totally collapses then we had better like what we have.

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02-14-2012 10:39 AM

Thanks for commenting, Grandpa – I was wondering if anyone was still here!

When sterted tiling (I tiled the small area under some fish tanks), I put the Hardiebacker board down on the new ply with thinset & also used the Hardie brand of screws. Since it was the first time I’d ever used tile in a manner other than decorative mosaic I followed the Lowes saleswoman’s advice to the letter. My screws are 6” apart because I was worried & overdid, but eight inches apart will go faster – lol. I found the whole process relaxing & fun, I just wish the backer board wasn’t so expensive…

I’ll take the time to plan out the layout. In my mobile home the kitchen & living room are one big uninterrupted space, a total of 13-1/2’ wide by 29’ long. I will also be tiling the long hallway that runs form the front door down the length of 1/2 of the home (along an exterior wall) because it connects to the living room. That’s the only junction that could get awkward and I’ll work that out. I’m glad to hear you have some tiling that’s stood up to time – I’m going to clear it with my local mobile home repair place to be sure the thing isn’t shifting/flexing too much for tile to hold. I loose-laid a case out in the living room, and I really like the look. Just thinking about the ease of keeping it clean makes me very, very happy – lol! I don’t plan on ever selling, I’ll be here until they cart me away – so it’s all mine to do what I please with.

Hopefully I’ll have this project down by summer, and I’ll post pics of the finished floor – I hope you’ll be here it see it. Thanks for your help! ~ Cindy ~

-- Cindy, in the mountains of Virginia

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02-14-2012 06:45 PM

You see tiled common areas all throughout the south, all over the ground floors of Florida and the tropics, for example. Very common, just because the moisture issues. Transitions between wood and tile or wood and concrete are also exceedingly common, perhaps search for some deco concrete floor ideas and search amongst them for combination material floors, you’ll see all kinds of crazy transitions, a good rule is that the more eye-catching the transition the less strange it seems, when you try to hide a transition, it often stands out more. The human eye is the odd feeler of a strange beast.

Have you considered doing dirt cheap oak? Places like lumber liquidators often have sales 10+ times a year on “utility grade oak flooring” which my GF put down in a tiny office she uses, and it looks awesome, nothing utility grade about it. Then you could hit it with a normal finish for such things, will hold up great to the cats (I have one, unclawed, occasional barfer…more oil in diet? Regular brushing of loose hair? eating too quickly causing gulping of air?)

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05-07-2023 07:33 AM

The idea of tiling a living room may seem unconventional to some, but it ultimately comes down to personal preference and practicality. A tiled floor can be easy to clean and sanitize, which may be appealing to pet owners or those who do a lot of outdoor activities. While transitioning to Disneyland treats a different flooring material in a reading room may seem like an eyesore to some, it can also add a unique touch to the space. At the end of the day, the decision should be based on what works best for the individual and their lifestyle.

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