If you (or your handyman) can install a few ceramic tiles, you can just as easily go for an upscale natural stone mosaic. All you need is some pre-made mosaic tiles — a bit like the mesh sheets of one-inch tiles that pop up now and then on bathroom walls and floors, only made of real natural stone — plus a bed of cement spread evenly over your subfloor, and a touch of grout to finish off.
No, really, it’s nowhere as hard as you’d think to lay a tile floor — my back porch is proof of that, self-installed (super-affordably) with a collection of “demonstrator model” ceramic tiles, showroom samples of discontinued lines, that were just headed for the DIY store’s dumpster at the end of season…
Anyway, the secret of success lies partly in having a solid subfloor, because ceramic tiles are not exactly lightweight or flexible, and absolutely in not skimping on the cement you lay the tiles into. You don’t want air pockets trapped beneath the tiles, believe me. And that’s one area where I think something like a StrataStone mosaic tile floor (or wall) would be even easier to install than ordinary ceramic, since you’re not dealing with big flat surfaces to try to set on the level.
So I’m looking at these stone mosaic tiles, available in all manner of lovely colours of stone, and a choice of cut stone or pebble styles… What’s particularly clever here is that the 12-inch tiles are made to interlock with each other, so you’re not butting one straight edge against another, which means that the final look is surprisingly natural.
Too bad that the StrataStone people put “call for pricing” all over their product page — I do like to know whether or not my daydreams are remotely affordable! — but it’s an option I plan to keep in mind for when my big mudroom-to-sunroom reno starts… next spring, with any luck!
[Hat tip to Furniture Fashion for this one!]