Friday, February 26, 2016

Terrazo Meets Travertine: Tile Solutions to Tricky Troubles

Remember when I posted about how much I love my 1970s terrazo tile entryway? (Post here.) And then, just one month later, I had to report that a deliveryman dropped an appliance on it, breaking one of the key tiles? (Post here.) I was sick about it. But I have to say, things turned out better than I ever thought it would.

One of the hardest parts about the broken tile was that my entryway was the only room in the entire house that was completely done, and I hated the idea of having to fix that too!

"Finished" entryway, until . . .

 And then all of the sudden, we weren't.

We just couldn't leave it.

The nice thing is that working with the company who was responsible for the damage was fairly easy. So what happened was, when we bought our house, part of the deal was including a home warranty. Not long into it, we realized the oven wasn't cooking at the correct temperature, and that started a few months' process that eventually ended with the warranty company approving a new double oven (a post for another time). It was during the delivery and installation of the double oven that the tile accident happened. After a couple of calls between the warranty company, a local tile shop, and the installer (Home Depot), it was all worked out to our satisfaction.

I decided that replacing the lip of the entry was probably the best solution. I looked online for terrazo replacements, but finding the exact tile we had was worrisome. There wasn't any locally, and online retailers made me nervous because I wasn't sure the tile would match. After looking at other tile options, I was getting discouraged, but a local tile store the above mentioned companies recommended had some great options I hadn't considered.

Long story short, we settled on a tile, they came in and did all the work (why exactly do we do all our renovations ourselves???), and it looks super amazing!

In fact, I'm pretty sure I love it. Better than I did before. Funny how that works sometimes.

It's kind of crazy, but I love how sometimes unexpected, unwelcome problems become opportunities to actually make things better.