Questions on tile, homes in general
I have two questions that I would like to bring to the table here.
1. Has anyone had any experience putting down ceramic tile in living room or other area where water is not a factor. We would like to put a 4 by 8 or 4 by 6 rectangle of ceramic tile at the entrance, and then fill out the rest of the 16 by 16 floor with laminate flooring. Every tile store is telling us not to because of particle board sub-floor. My idea is to put down 1/2 exterior grade plywood and then Hardiboard and then the tile. My floor feels solid and not spongy. Any opinions?
2. More of a general question. Why in the heck aren't things in a mobile home built standard like they are in stick-built homes? We would like to do some remodeling in our 1996 Schult which would include putting new interior doors in as well as maybe replacing the kitchen sink. To go to Home Depot or Lowes for either project would require cutting a new hole in kitchen cabinet or buying solid core doors and cutting them because the opening is for a 78 inch door and not an 80 inch one. It seems to me the homes could be built as cheaply by using standard off the shelf material instead of making everything so d***ed hard to do. We need to put in a new front storm door so went to Lowes. They had to order it and their "mobile home door" was only 74 inches high. Our door is 79 inches high. Why does all this have to be so hard? I don't want to have to go to "mobile home suppliers" for my stuff!
Thanks for letting me rant.