Customer Tile Style Profile: Yan’s Kitchen Overhaul

Our Customer Tile Style Profile feature takes an in-depth look at some of the fantastic renovation and redesign projects our customers complete using products from the Tile Mountain range. This month’s instalment sees us catching up with Yan Anderson of Didcot who used our Royal Dark Grey Polished Porcelain large format kitchen tiles to create an expansive open plan kitchen/dining area…

What were the circumstances behind the project?

During the lockdown we started a complete renovation of our bungalow doing a lot of the work ourselves and using a local builder to construct two rear extensions. 

Was your choice of décor & colour scheme influenced by the tiles you chose, or did you pick the tiles to fit in with a style you’d chosen for the rest of the room?

We saw the opportunity to use these tiles for our kitchen floor to tie in with the anthracite colours of our kitchen doors and bifold doors and the white quartz worktops we had installed. 

What made you decide that the tiles you chose were the right tiles for your project?

We looked at several samples of different grey polished or gloss porcelain tiles and went for these as the pattern in the tile was less ‘busy’ as to not distract too much from the other features of the room.

How long did the project take to complete and did you do the tiling yourself or hire a professional tiler?

Tiling the floor took the better part of a week with myself doing it DIY during the evenings. I’d spend an evening or two cutting several tiles, and then mix up some adhesive and get them all stuck down nice and quickly using a levelling system to ensure a good, level finish.

What part of the project was most difficult and why?

Making the tile cuts was the most challenging part of this installation simply because the tiles are so large and I only had a small wheel cutter. The job would have been easier with a large professional cutter but even my builders tile cutter maxed out at 600mm tiles!

Do you have any further decorating projects lined up?

We’ve almost finished our project now and are looking forward to a relaxed winter and spring before embarking on our driveway to ‘finish the job’.

What advice would you give to people considering undertaking a similar project?

If you are in a similar situation to myself and are DIY’ing it without the appropriate cutter then consider hiring one as it will be a lot easier and you’ll get the job done faster. Do use a levelling system when installing large format floor tiles such as these – having the right tools for the job makes everything a lot easier and provides a professional finish.

What would you say to people who are thinking about buying tiles from Tile Mountain?

Go for it! Order some samples, decide what tiles you like and get the job done. I found no issues with the service and the deliveries all ran to schedule even during the peak of the 2020 lockdown.

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Here at Tile Mountain, we not only have a huge range of tiles to suit every purpose, we also have a wealth of tiling knowledge gained from over 30 years in the tile industry, (which we’ll do or best to share with you across these very pages).

Whether you’re looking for the perfect tiles for your next home improvement project, are searching for some style inspiration, or simply need a bit of help and advice, you’re in the right place.