The main challenge of the project shown here was to join irregularly shaped but relatively stable porcelain tiles to a wood-strip floor subject to the normal cycles of expansion and contraction. Our solution was to use an attractive, almost invisible movement joint.

The work was done as part of a whole-house remodel and involved considerable effort on the part of the lead carpenter, both in reframing the floor structure and in preparing the flooring to match the contours of the tile. In all, reworking the structure took about 30 hours, and shaping and finishing the wood floor another 54. By contrast, once...

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