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When the tiles have been laid, the floor level will be raised by the depth of the tiles plus the adhesive bed (generally 4-5mm). Always plan for this at the beginning of the job and allow for doors and adjoining room floor levels, where a wooden or lateral stone threshold plate may be required to achieve a uniform or acceptable level.

Take time to carefully plan the area or room to be tiled. Most computers will have a program capable of drawing a scaled room/area plan which you can tile onscreen. It is important to put in the preparation as any errors or changes of mind can be difficult and expensive to rectify once the job is underway.

The starting point for your tiling is dependent upon the area to be tiled and the pattern being used. However, the first stone is generally laid in the corner farthest from the main door.

When ready to start laying, open all the crates and take some tiles from each (so any colour variations are mixed in) and lay them out on the floor to get a feel for the width of grout joint you wish to use.

The width of joint is down to individual taste and the look you wish to achieve, but would generally be between 4mm for smaller tiles and up to 12mm for larger format tiles. Check that the tiles are clean and most importantly - dry.
Once you have started tiling, it is suggested that you randomly take tiles from each crate to ensure that they are well shuffled.

If laying an Opus Romano pattern, lay out a complete pattern and adjust the joints to achieve the desired result. The joints will vary in width by up to around 10mm when using mixed sizes of tile.

Some tiles may be difficult to differentiate the top face from the underside so ensure that the tiler is familiar with the stone before starting work.
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