Since I’m using 12×24 inch tiles (found at the same store I found my dark laminate, Floor & Decor Outlets), it just makes sense to have a staggered pattern on the floor. For the moment, I haven’t yet convinced myself whether I want to put them parallel to the tub or parallel to the door. I think the tub direction may be easier to install (and let’s face it, easier is almost always better when you’re DIYing alone), but I’m not quite there yet. Feel free to give your own opinions. Would you choose the tub (the direction you see in the pic above), or the door (where I was standing when I took this picture)? Keep in mind that the vanity and toilet are going back against the right wall where they were before. (*Update: New picture included to give you a better visual):
For one, I’ll need to saw underneath the door jambs again, just like I had waaaay back when the laminate floors were first installed (if you’re new around this site, read this post afterward to get caught up). Only this time, I’ll just use a hand saw rather than an electrical jamb saw (though it’s plenty of fun to use).
There are just a few other things to take care of, but I couldn’t wait any longer to do a dry fit. And another thing I learned? There really isn’t much to dry fit in a bathroom this small!
*UPDATE: To answer a few questions I’ve been asked:
- The direction of the laminate in the hallway (which is what is on the other side of the door frame) is running parallel to the door frame, so perpendicular to the direction of the tile you see in the picture above.
- The direction that causes the least number of cuts is likely going the direction of the tub. Easier!