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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!

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5 Comments:

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'!!
http://www.associatedcontent.com/content.cfm?content_type=article&content_type_id=2455
Neat, huh? What were your plans for the floors?

3:39 PM  
mindy said...

Kristin,

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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