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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Hex Decision

One decision down, 8 million to go. The second hexagon tile sample for the kitchen countertops arrived yesterday, and the choice was clear. The non-cushioned, thicker 3-inch hex tile from SubwayTile.com was lovely, but when the much-cheaper, cushioned 1.5 x 1.75-inch tile from American Universal arrived, we (and three of our neighbors) agreed that we actually liked it better. The cushioned vs. non-cushioned is such a teeny tiny difference that we don't think it will matter much in the grout-cleaning.

I heard back from the stone people this week also, and the soapstone was going to cost around $2,000. So that's out. In spite of the potential grout issues, I'm happy with the hex tile decision. It's going to look awesome!

So I'm placing an order today. Hurray!



Jordana said...

It's great to have one decision figured out! My mom's tile guy uses epoxy instead of grout on countertops. He says it is non-pourous and non-stainable. I have no idea if it is really hard to work with, but the counters I've seen with it look beautiful. So maybe that's an option.

2:51 PM  
amanda said...

or you could use caulk to grout like the guy who owned the house before us <*wink*>.
hee hee

4:39 PM  
Chris said...

Now that jordana mentions it I have heard of epoxy grout being used in area where staining could be a problem. Might be worth checking out.

6:50 PM  
Anonymous said...

That is so cool that you are creating a victorian home. I love that period. There are so many beautiful decorative styles to work with. I recently read this article that you may be interested in. Its how to make a new wood floor look 'vintage'!!
Neat, huh? What were your plans for the floors?

3:39 PM  
mindy said...


Great to hear that the American Universal's are working for you - we're still planning on tile countertops, for many of the same reasons you're using them.

Can't wait to hear how they work out for you guys!

8:13 AM  

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