TISE Tv talked to Michael Morrison, owner and general contractor with MT Morrison Builders. Michael's team is the installation group installing the beautiful Emser tile througout Calibu's first floor in the herringbone pattern. We asked Michael some questions about the tile installation and the dining room remodel.
What is the most challenging thing about herringbone tile installations?
"Keeping the pattern straight and true, especially in a large space. With a 20’ to 30’ + stretch across a room (or longer) like at Calibu, the visual line down the middle is really important to maintain and can be really difficult to hold - it can drift. A lot of people who do not lay this tile pattern a lot will snap a single line down the middle of the room and then start laying in different directions. However, you need to lay a herringbone with a line down the middle of the room and then snap a 45 degree angle line (the diameter angle of this tile), and then also snap the line edge of the tile a few feet away where the tile end lands. These three different focal points help to ensure the layout stays in patten and in line."
What is your favorite tool for tile installation projects like this?
"Lasers are super great and have a great place in the industry BUT honestly a laser on the ground can be kicked and nudged by someone, a foot, or a tool, etc. and if you do not notice it, it will screw up your whole tile layout. But, if you snap a good, old fashioned chalk line on the ground, then that line is marked permanently on the floor. For an old method, it is more reliable in my opinion especially for this type of project that needs to be very specific."