The tiling started off with a base for the woodfire. Then a small dog arrived on the scene and started to pull threads out of the carpets. The rest is history.....

The threads were taken out some time before, but one bored day, the toilet paper roll would be shredded.

The tiles were chosen during a sale at Beaumont Tiles. We should have bought all the tiles we would need, as the topping up was not during a sale, and they cost a lot more. The second big batch was a slightly different shade as well.

Not too far down the line, we would discover that there was a pattern, so tiles would need to be sorted.

Threads pulled out of carpet and toilet paper

After most of the first batch of tiles had been laid, we decided to tile other areas, and tried to get more tiles. Not so easy, but many months later, a couple of boxes were returned to one of the Beaumont Tiles depots. I spotted these when looking at large white tiles for splashbacks, and promptly bought what I could. We have a couple stored in the shed, as the pattern would require a similar tile if replacing any. Note to self — don't get patterned tiles again. They also take an age to sort!

Pattern on tiles

Pattern running with an offset in both the horizontal and vertical. The tiles shown here are overlaid so it is easier to find the correct one to place adjacent to the matching pattern.

Stacked to show pattern

The tiles shown here are stacked along an outside wall with some location marker aligned on the tiles.

Original tiles in kitchen and rumpus room

The original tiles in the kitchen and rumpus room. Some of the tiles were chipped and cracked over the years, but they were no longer sold, so any major work would require different tiles. (There were a few spare in the shed.)

Tiles and carpet

Left hand photo. The entrance to the main bedroom from the kitchen hallway. To the lower right, some tiles were removed (tiling from the rumpus room towards the kitchen). The carpets in the bedrooms were replaced with tiles.

Right hand photo. The tiles in the kitchen were removed with a cold chisel and 2,5kg hammer. The adhesive was removed with a Fein Master with a carbide tile pad specially for removing adhesive or grout. Previous attempts with an angle grinder were soon abandoned due to the dust, as we were living in the house at the time. Otherwise, the angle grinder and diamond disk are a lot quicker than the Fein oscillating tool. The Fein hardly made any airborne dust and is an incredibly rugged tool.

Removing kitchen tiles and Fein Master

Diagonal cuts results in a fair bit of wastage

The tiles were laid diagonally, so the edges needed to be cut. There were a lot of “triangle” tiles around the garden, as the pattern matching would result in a merry hunt for the closest match. In the background, the back garden has been dug over to get rid of the weeds. We would soon discover the septic tank project....

Pattern on tiles

The old rumpus room and kitchen tiles before a trip to the dump. The various triangle shapes stacking up in the back.