Does anyone know anything about laying tiles? My friend has just moved into a new build house. The tiles in his kitchen have I believe been laid rather oddly. Rather than having, for example, a full tile one end of the kitchen and say a short, cut tile the other end he has short cut tiles the whole way round the kitchen - so he has short cut tiles at the back door to the garden and directly opposite it at the kitchen door and at each side of the kitchen too so when you stand in front of his kitchen cupboards you can see a short cut tile also. I am not a tiler but I would expect maybe there would be full tiles somewhere and not cut tiles round the whole perimeter of the room?
Does anyone have more experienced or expert thoughts on this as the end result in his new kitchen is not great. Thanks very much.
I'm sure someone who knows about such things will be along to correct me soon enough, but I thought you were meant to start tiling from the middle of the floor, so the pattern (even if it is just squares) is even and centered?
I think starting somewhere in the middle and ending with cut tiles at the edge is the correct way. Our tiler picked a point to start measuring that he wouldn't end with a difficult tile (ie too slim) in any direction. Very few rooms are square enough to be able to have a straight whole-tile run along one wall.
It's rare that any room actually has right angles or straight wall/floor edges good enough to fit a tile, therefore it's standard to start with a central tile and work out, ending with cutting at all outside edges.
Maybe he is just "unlucky" then on the dimensions of the room as having huge say 18 inch tiles the smaller offcut tiles at 3-4 inches look really odd - particularly at the door as you come into the room.