You may remember that we were planning to use a product called tadelakt on the walls and floor of the guest bathroom. It's a traditional Moroccan lime plaster that's been used for centuries in their steam baths, so it stands up to water. It goes on similarly to regular plaster - with a trowel, so there aren't any pieces or seams. Since I last wrote about it, we've been having all kinds of problems finding a subcontractor who is both willing to come to the RBB and experienced in applying the stuff. I've been getting a lot of heat to just pick out some tile instead.
Wavering under the pressure of our imminent move in, I went to a marble and granite tile auction on Sunday (the same one where we bought the tile for the headhouse floor and tenants' bathrooms in the winter) and I visited two tile stores today. The results were depressing. Here are some photos of what I
With the exception of the last image (which is between $5 and $11/sq ft, depending on size), all the tiles are in the $25 and up range per square foot. We need about 100 squares for the walls and another 50 or so for the floor. At the "low" end of $25 per square, that's about $4000 (once you put in tax and the inevitable shipping/delivery fee). Then we have to pay the labor to have it installed, which will certainly mean at least a week's work for our tile guy. And all this for something I don't even like to begin with. Starting to see why I'm so anti-tile?