Please help newbie! -- To Marble or not to Marble.

paisleyfanApril 11, 2011

Hi everyone

Newbie here !

We are purchasing our first home and planning to replace a standard builder's tile/carpet combination with something classier, purdier & expensive looking.

Facts:

1. Space is a 750 sq feet living room/kitchen combination. This will be a traffic area because the front entrance directly leads to this space.

2. Labor cost of laying porcelain tile and natural stone is almost the same.

3. We are not trying to save money on the tile/marble, we are trying to find the combination of the best look and maintainability.

Pics are worth a 1000 words:

1. Here is a picture of the existing living-room/kitchen combo:

2. Here is an identical floorplan unit with marble floors. We are shooting for this look:

3. Here are some options we found in a flooring wholesale store:

Crema Marfil Marble vs Florence Beige Porcelain (top tile is crema marfil, bottom is porcelain)

I love the clean look of crema marfil on some of the flooring forums:

My questions are:

1. How hard will it to maintain the marble ? We are thinking of going for 18x18 or 24x24 size.

2. If I pick the porcelain option, what grout size will I need ? How different will it look laid out ? Are there better options of porcelain out there ?

thanks for your advice in advance

Ann :)

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mosesco

I like the porcelain! ...may be get an idea from this article i remember reading a while back.
enjoy you new home.

Here is a link that might be useful: grout size

    Bookmark   April 12, 2011 at 1:53PM
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mosesco

Just remembered...since you are tiling the floor may be you would want to consider installing a heating system under the floor

Here is a link that might be useful: read about heating system

    Bookmark   April 12, 2011 at 2:00PM
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jerzeegirl

The marble is really pretty. I know that marble counter tops are prone to etching and wonder if things like wine and tomato juice might have the same effect if spilled on the floor?

    Bookmark   April 12, 2011 at 7:19PM
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cruzmisl

Marble is a soft stone, I have it in my master bath. Looks great BUT its a master bath and doesn't get nearly as much traffic as your kitchen and living area. Go porcelain. Slightly less money but much easier to maintain and durability is superior. My 2 cents

    Bookmark   April 15, 2011 at 11:30AM
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