Tile is a very popular design feature for many areas in a log home: bathrooms, kitchens, and mudrooms are some of the places where beautiful tiles can add color and visual interest. But there are differences in tile installation costs, depending on the style, size and other factors. Handmade tile can be more time-consuming to work with, so you should be aware of price differentials before you commit to a design and tile installer. To avoid unexpected “upcharges” for your tile installation, here are some pointers:

Onsite Visit— Before you select your tile, have the installer visit the site or at minimum review the plans and elevations with you. If you are purchasing your tile from another third party not the installer, try to have samples or the actual tile shipment on hand so the installer can better formulate his costs. If you’re still looking for tile, the installer may be able to help you with a solution that is equally pleasing without additional costs.

Preparation — If the tile location is in a difficult spot in the home, or requires extra preparation for leveling or smoothing a surface, expect the estimate to rise.

Mixing the Media — If you thought all tile was the same, your installer will certainly educate you about the differences. Glass tile and ceramic tile have different requirements for cutting and may require different techniques for successful installation.

Size Does Matter — Smaller tiles are more easily handled than larger, heavier tiles. The exception is intricate and complicated mosaics, which will require a lot of time for proper completion. Also affecting the time required—and ultimately the bottom line —is the shape of tile. A rectangular subway tile will be easier to work with than an intricate arabesque that interlocks into a complicated pattern. The weight of the tile pieces can also become a significant factor. A heavy, large tile needs different installation techniques than a lighter, smaller tile, which is easier to handle.

Tile can make or break a room —and if your not paying attention—a budget, too.