Pool House Progress: Slate Tile Floors

Last we shared of the pool house was the addition of the batten strips and framing out the vent hood.  Certainly progress, but there’s one big step to cross off the list before the walls can be completed.  Tiling the entire floor, or roughly 600 square feet.  Dun dun dunnnnn.  Though I have the easiest part of the process, carrying/opening boxes of tile, I was dreading this step.

We know from framing the walls that nothing is square in here, with the floors sloping up to two inches over the length of the space.  Luckily, not much phases Ben and on Saturday, he jumped right in.

For a continuous feel, we’re using the same slate tile and herringbone pattern as the kitchen.


One small difference is slightly wider grout lines.  Knowing the floors are a touch uneven, we decided on 3/8 inch grout lines (versus 1/16 inch in the kitchen) to help minimize discrepancies.

Pool-House-Slate-Tile-Setting-Near-Middle-DoorWorking around the pool proved trickiest, until Ben built himself a marking jig.  Scraps of plywood set to the depth of the pool lip with a screw slightly through the top piece.


The bottom strips slide along the inside edge of the pool, with the screw scoring the top of the tile, marking where to cut.


At the end of tile day one, Ben got roughly 1/4 or 1/3 of the space done.


The next morning, the tile had set so we pulled out the spacers.  I followed up by washing the tile, scrubbing off any extra mastic.


Obviously, grout is still to come.






Having this tile in various rooms throughout our house, we know this tile is durable and the texture is naturally slip-resistant.


Dark floors paired with (what will be) white walls will ground this bright space.


We still have at least several days of tile or tile related tasks in our future, but progress always feels good.

7 thoughts on “Pool House Progress: Slate Tile Floors

  1. This is going to look so amazing when it’s finished! You’ve done so much work!

    Thanks again for letting us all peek in on your home. Your blog is definitely one of my favorites.

  2. This looks great and it’s going to look amazing with the white walls. What a transformation this room has had! I just had one question that maybe you can address once the tile is done…I know you’re planning to replace the pool liner. Will that not effect the the edge that he so nicely cut around? Or does that white edge stay even with the new liner?

    1. Hi Nicole!

      Great question! The white ’tile’ around the pool is actually molded into the first three feet of the pool interior. At some point the pool had a partial liner, which was later switched to a full liner, so it will be hidden once the liner is in. Without pouring new side walls, these all have to stay. We do plan to fix up the fiberglass ’tile’ egde. 🙂 Does that all make sense?


  3. I LOVE the look of this tile! We wanted to do something like this in our kitchen, but the tile rep said it’s bad for water spills etc…I would think that if its OK in a pool it’d be ok in a kitchen! Do you have a link for where you got the tile?!

    1. Hi Jenn!

      The tile is Montauk Black slate from Home Depot. https://www.homedepot.com/p/MSI-Montauk-Black-12-in-x-24-in-Gauged-Slate-Floor-and-Wall-Tile-10-sq-ft-case-SHDMONBLK1224G/202919773 We have the same tile in our kitchen and love it. I wouldn’t recommend using it in a shower where you will have a lot of water exposure with possible hard water. Hard water stains will show up, but as a kitchen floor, it shouldn’t be an issue. Let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂


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