As we began work with our contractor, Edin, to install 670 sqft of wood tile in our kitchen, den, and hallway, the pink marble in our entryway started to stick out at me, majorly. We’ve gradually made changes and such a small project of about 13 squares of tile was totally do-able on my own, but would likely be an entire weekend project. I decided I would go ahead and let the pros take care of it too.
I knew I wanted the marble look in our entryway. A simple, classic feel would be an easy decision. Floor & Decor had several options to choose from and it was really helpful to see the displays since they are a similar size to our entry. I grabbed two sizes of marble but funnily enough on my way to the register I found a porcelain polished tile that was the one! It looks very similar to the Bianca Cararra (left above), but the lighter background and longer veining sold me.
While the paint is still drying on the baseboards, I thought I would share a bit about the decision process and how we decided on our flooring materials.
In 2014, we installed an engineered bamboo in espresso through most of the house, except the bathrooms and front living area. We really like the bamboo, but unfortunately, it wasn’t good everywhere. You can also see the most recent pictures just before we moved everything out here.
One of the downfalls about making changes before you’ve lived in a house is not knowing how your house will impact the materials you install. About 10 months after moving in, we endured a significant rain event in Houston and from then on we noticed the higher moisture level in the back living and dining room slab. Gradually, the bamboo floor in that room began to buckle, cup, and break.
Lesson learned: Always use a moisture membrane or barrier when using bamboo or wood on a slab, especially in a wet climate!
We began to brainstorm about what to do. I like the look of the bamboo and hardwood, but felt a tile would be better with the pool and the known moisture in the slab. We went to Floor & Decor to explore our options. Chris and I walked the aisles and picked out several options to take home. We liked something with a gray undertone, with some warmth, a wider plank, and visually not so busy. Our budget was to be under $3.00/sqft. for the materials and quickly realized only Floor & Decor had the wider plank options in-stock and in our price range.