When we arrived for the initial appointment to meet the client and assess their space, we did not know what to expect. This project was in the first year of Harris Renovations, and a big tile job was not yet under our belt. Luckily, the homeowner understood that everyone starts somewhere. Ultimately, he believed in our ability to provide excellent service. Asking questions and gathering all the necessary information is crucial in the beginning, and Harris Renovations has always made that a priority. By the end of the appointment, the homeowner knew we were the right contractor for the job.
You may recognize this tile saw, or you may even own one yourself! It’s your basic, small-job tile saw, and it’s all we had! Being such a young company, we did not have the capital to invest in the larger, fancier tile saws. This smaller saw is not what you usually use for a 1000-square-foot tile installation. Not to mention, this saw is typically used for smaller tile, like 3″x6″ subway. However, our project entailed 6″x36″ planks!
All tile was squared with a string – no laser square for us! Due to the length of the planks, it was necessary to lay them on the thirds, not brickwork. Long planks laid as brickwork will inevitably result in lippage. Taking the time to lay these tiles on the third paid off in spades! Not only was the end result beautiful, the homeowner’s floor is better for it.
This was SO early in our business that we did not have the foresight to take true “after pictures.” This “final” picture shows the floor grouted, though the grout haze is in the process of fading. Luckily, Casey had the help of his brother, Craig, and our trusty worker, Wayne, to help clean the grout that day. We were grateful for the experience, as we have laid many tile floors since. Our instllation process and materials have improved over the years. We will never stop improving!