Redoing kitchen to den flooring

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Old 08-18-07, 09:41 AM
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I have successfully taken out a wall between kitchen eating area and the living area. Ok, the flooring in kitchen is 16 in. ceramic tile and the flooring in living area is that parquet wood flooring. We want to bring the tile out with five x 3 squares that will increase the area for the dining table. I have actually exactly enough tile left from tiling the kitchen last year to bring it out into the living area w/ tile. Any ideas on design, technique in doing this, or any other ideas on design would be appreciated. Can i cut the wood out with running a skilsaw over it just the thickness of the floor? What can or should I use to transition the 2 floors? When we did the new tile last year, we just butted it up against the parquet at the doorway and put in the grout, . I actually like that, but a guy told me that somekind of transitioning tile would break it up and it would look better. My wife mentioned some wood transition pieces to go between the 2 floor types. Any info appreciated.
 
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Yes you would need to remove the parquet and scrape the adhesive off the slab. Dont use any solvents as they can be bond breakers. You'll also need to remove any partial tiles from that side and remove any residual thinset. Then you can continue your tile.

You have many transition options. Grout would not be one of them as the two floorings will move at different rates and that movement needs accommodation. Most every grout has a both color and texture matched caulk. Advantage is that it's a seamless transition but being caulk, it would need to be replaced every few years.Disadvantage is it doesn't offer any edge protection to either flooring. You could also get wood transitions or metal transitions that would get fastened to the slab over the joint between the two floors. Schluter makes several edge profiles, one of which is the Reno T which is a very low profile transtition that gets pushed into a bead of sealant placed between the two floors.

Any left over grout or thinset is now garbage. It's shelf life once opened it a couple weeks. Even if it looks fine, humidity alone is enough to fire off the polymers. If your new grout varies too much from the existing when you are done, you can tie both floors by going over the entire floor with a grout colorant which both recolors and seals all at the same time.
 
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