french pattern layout problem

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Old 11-13-12, 10:55 AM
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french pattern layout problem

I am getting ready to lay my travertine tile in a french pattern. The tile came pre-packaged with exact sizes to create the french pattern. The problem I have is they are exactly the same size, just different portions. (8x8, 16x16, 8x16, etc.) So... when I lay them out, the only way to have an exact pattern is to have no grout line, which is not good.... I don't want that. How do I lay this out so as to not have portions of grout line that are not "wandering"...?? Help!!

Also, if I cut tiles to make exact portions, I lose my rough edging...
 
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Old 11-13-12, 11:52 AM
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Travertine layouts don't have grout lines. You use unsanded grout between the tiles for a pencil thin line.
 
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So, I am using 1/8" spacing, so the grout lines are pretty thin to begin with. I think I am resigned to using the spacers as a guide, and eyeballing/adjusting as I go... I bought sanded grout... can I not use that??
 
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Nevermind, just read up on sanded vs. unsanded... I guess I need to make larger spaces, or switch to unsanded grout...
 
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If you use larger grout lines you may lose your symmetry, and that was your original dilemma, right? Smaller lines, unsanded grout, watch the game. You'll be fine.
 
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