Hand-made and Installed Cement Floor Tile Contest Winning Project by Larry Bodenhamer
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Video From Riley's Perspective
This video was made using additional photos provided by Larry. It represents both his initial project, now almost five years old, and his second project of 1600-1700 sq. ft. That project includes the use of concrete stains that he incorporated into his design. His dog, Riley, provided the narrative for the video.
The floor was laid out with a grid and Versabond (thin set) was used to secure the tiles to the concrete floor. The patterns were made to fit into designated areas. The grout widths were modified to help make the designs fit into these areas. Poured glass was used in the designs to enhance the reflective properties of the glass, white Versabond was used.
After the finished tiles were laid, a product called Glaze n Seal Sealer was used on the bare tiles. After grouting, a second seal coat was applied to the tiles and grout. Two finished coats of Glaze n Seal floor polish were used as the final finish. This floor is approximately 5 years old with no signs of wear. My wife dropped a cast iron grill (10 to 15 pounds) on the floor and there was only a slight ding in the concrete. Very durable.
1. The Borrego Springs California Desert (orange) Floor: (This flooring tile was made in the same manner as above.)
2. The Outdoor Tiles: The outdoor tiles (gray #1100 iles), were integrated into the red clay bricks. No finish was applied. I find the tiles become rather slippery when wet. Maybe a light sanding or slip resistant finish would rectify this problem. Thanks again for providing me with the molds, especially the ABS molds that do not deteriorate, that have enabled me to create a great, lasting floor while saving mega bucks. Larry Bodenhamer 858-229-9383
I don't lay floors for a living. I have always bought homes and remodeled them myself. I learned all the basic remodel skills from trial and some...many errors. Now retired (barely), I am a part time artist..I have worked with ceramics for about 15 years. My pottery studio is in the Carmel Valley home. I included a few random, not so great photos if you care to see what I do in my spare time.
Your company has always been very customer service oriented. I appreciate your help in the past and the product in general. Without it, I would still have stained, shag carpet with fleas... Lots of fleas. Larry
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