Kitchen-conservatory floor tiling

Monday 31 October 2011
conservatory, hardwood, kitchen

conservatory, hardwood, kitchen

The kitchen company have installed the units, we are now back on site to tile the floor and finish off. It is generally far better to tile the floor after the kitchen has been installed, most kitchen firms and tilers agree with this, however there are the occasional awkward ones who think otherwise!

There are various arguments for fitting either the floor or the kitchen units first and sometimes it can depend on the situation. The main arguments in favour of tiling the floor after the kitchen untis have been installed are given below:-

1) Pattern – You can set the tiles out to suit the kitchen layout – as can be seen in the photo above. This is particularly important with larger tiles.

2) Aesthetics – If the tiles have an uneven surface, it is better to cut the tiles up to units and end panels rather than fit the panels on top, which may result in gaps.

3) Logistics and timing – The floor screed needs to dry for several weeks before the tiles can be laid. This is an ideal window of opportunity to get the new kitchen units installed.

4) Convenience – If tiling first, the old kitchen would need to be stripped out before the tiles can be laid. This unnecessarily increases the period of time the client is without a working kitchen.

5) Economy – it is a waste of time and money to put good tiles under kitchen units. It’s not just the cost of the tiles, but the adhesive, grout and labour.

6) Underfloor heating – Obviously underfloor heating should not be installed under kitchen units. Whilst it is possible to lay the heating using a plan to avoid the kitchen cabinets and appliances, it is better to install it after the kitchen is fitted and directly below the tiles.


Conservatory St. Albans

Tuesday 5 April 2011


Phil is dodging rain showers to try and get the walls built for this conservatory in St Albans. We’re using a Flemish Bond with snapped headers to match the brickwork on the main building.

It can be tricky when joining brickwork to two existing walls; it is not unusual for the brick levels on the existing house to run out. This means that if we match the brick gauge at one side, build our walls level, they would not line up with the brickwork on the other end. However on this job things are ok.

If they weren’t, we would have to match the gauge at the most prominent end and disguise the misaligned joints with a down-pipe at the other. The other alternative when faced with such a scenario would be to run our new brickwork out of level, but then this would show up on the conservatory frames and create greater problems.

We occasionally get similar issues when joining to two floors that are supposed to be the same level. I wasn’t aware that M.C. Escher built houses?