21 Photos - Nov 18, 2014
Photo: A marble mud-set installation is a slow and tedious process, but in many situations it is the best route to a beautiful floor.  It is not a simply process and not recommended for the DIYer or inexperienced tile setter.Photo: After the sub-floor had been properly prepared the job can begin. This image shows the first tile layout set.  When all tile fit perfectly and are all level, and the same height as the next, new tiles can be added.Photo: This custom inlay's position in this room will be the starting point for this installation. The other tile in this installation  will be set on a diagonal, so the inlay's position has to be set to accommodate that layout.Photo: This custom inlay's position in this room will be the starting point for this installation. The other tile in this installation  will be set on a diagonal, so the inlay's position has to be set to accommodate that layout.  This looks right; Yes?Photo: Custom inlay displayed is sitting on its packing material.Photo: The start of a very messy process of floor preparation.  When that surface is perfectly flat (not necessarily level) the installation process can begin.  A level floor results in all baseboards being level. Nice, but not absolutely necessary. The issue here is the final height of the installed tile at the entryways.Photo: The start of a very messy process of floor preparation.  When that surface is perfectly flat the installation process can begin. The diagonal layout has to flow through those entryways properly.  Plan Ahead!Photo: Image shows crack suppress material laid over properly prepared cement. If this were a thinset installation, leveling compound would be poured over the material later to level the floor, if it were not level at that point.Photo: The process. Clean sub-floor, thinset for traction, mud-set material for height adjustment, thinset to tile.  What could go wrong?Photo: The process. Clean sub-floor, thinset for traction, mud-set material for height adjustment, thinset to tile.  Looking good.Photo: You get what you pay for.  Cheap tile are very often not perfectly square.  This is expensive tile and the result is a near perfect mud-set tile installation.Photo: The process: Clean sub-floor, thinset for traction, mud-set material for height adjustment, thinset to tile.  Repeat routine until surface is covered, properly.Photo: Wow, That is a tight line.  And level to boot.  No kickers here.Photo: Wow, That is a tight line.  And level to boot.Photo: SOP; I burn my company name into ever job. Just kidding, but not a bad idea.Photo: Wow, That is a tight line.  And level to boot.  There's lots of visual information in this image.  Much to consider.Photo: Tools of the trade.  Note the custom inlay and its associated tile cut by my hand.  Adding a single inlay involves lots of work.  And, it must be perfect, every time.Photo: Note the custom inlay and its associated tile cut.  Adding a single inlay involves lots of work.  And, it must be perfect every time.Photo: Finished marble floor installation, in this room. Very near perfect and very impressive piece of work.  Note that the rest of the room has much work not yet done by other craftsmen.  Hopefully, they will take care not to harm my work.  Sadly, it happens.Photo: Finished marble floor installation, in this room. Very near perfect and very impressive piece of work.Photo: Perfect!  It looks like one solid tile.  Quality workmanship is my trademark.