Full tiling solution for Cheshire mansion

Full tiling solution for Cheshire mansion

June 2017

A full tiling solution was provided by BAL for the renovation of a six bedroom country house in Cheshire, tiled by Mark Isherwood from Artisan Tiling.

Featuring intricate brick slips, porcelain plank tiles and polished porcelain, the stunning redevelopment also features an external water feature tiled with split face stone.

A total of 400 sq. metres of tiling was completed on both the ground and first floor of the property including the kitchen, four bathrooms and a cloak room over a calcium sulfate screed which was sanded and primed with BAL Prime APED and decoupled using BAL Rapid-Mat uncoupling mat system.

Designed by Stuart Frazer Kitchens, the kitchen area features 1,200 by 300mm Argento Sycamore porcelain plank tiles and a wall feature with split face stone supplied by Mandarin Stone.

As the kitchen and hallway floors weren’t flat, Isherwood used BAL Level Max levelling compound to create a smooth and level surface to tile onto.

The four bathrooms and the ground-floor cloakroom were all designed by Emma Scott from C.P Hart and feature a range of polished porcelain tiles.

Tiled in a linear pattern, the master en-suite features 895 by 446mm Jumble Cemento tiles, while the loft bathroom is tiled with Aalto Collagna on the floor with 596 by 596mm tiles, and 596 by 295mm tiles on the wall in a linear pattern.

The main family bathroom is tiled in dark brown Aalto Toanna, again in a linear pattern on the floor and walls.
The ground floor cloakroom is tiled in Aalto Cerreto 600 by 300mm also in a linear pattern.  Aalto is a colour-bodied porcelain tile inspired by the hills of central Italy.  The warm, organic colours vary markedly within each tile, reflecting a natural landscape.

All floor tiles were fixed with BAL Supercover Rapid-Flex adhesive and grouted with BAL Micromax2 Smoke, while all wall tiles were fixed using BAL Single Part Flexible in white or grey and grouted using BAL Micromax2 grout in varying colours, all primed with BAL Prime APD first.

BAL worked with Artisan Tiling to provide a full M40 Specification and on-site project support; including screed testing on the calcium sulfate screed by Lewis Lupton, Product Support Technician for the North.

On completion of the project, Isherwood said: “This was an amazing project to be involved with, featuring high quality designs, superior tiles and last, but not least, great fixing materials.

“I am a great fan of BAL whose products I use on a regular basis.  You can always trust BAL for quality, plus they give you great back-up.  As soon as I won this job I phoned Lewis who wrote a full specification and came on site to test the screed for moisture.  It was a testing job over a long period of time, but BAL were with me every step of the way.”

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