How to Pick Out Tile Flooring for Your Custom Home

May 17, 2017

A new home isn’t complete until you have the ideal flooring in every room. What is “ideal” may vary from person to person and room to room, and there are numerous options on the market that enable you to find the combination of appearance and functionality that fits the home just right. When it comes to kitchen and bathroom flooring (and other rooms in certain homes) tile has been and continues to be the preferred choice. In this article, we’ll provide you with information you can use when it comes time for you to pick out tile for your custom home.

Advantages of Having Tile Floors in Your New Home

Tile comes in a variety of materials, colors, textures, sizes, and patterns, which means you’ll be able to find something that will fit the unique personality and style of your home. Tile is the go-to material in kitchens and bathrooms because it is durable. It resists stains, scratches, and water damage. It also is easy to clean. Dirt can be swept away, and the tile can be kept looking like new with a weekly mopping with a cleaner. Tile offers the combination of great appearance and practicality that can’t be beat.

Today’s Tile Trends

Bigger is better, at least in the eyes of many customers these days. Oversized flooring tiles (and wall tiles as well for that matter) have become popular. Instead of the traditional 12-inch-by-12-inch tiles, homebuilders are receiving more requests for 12-inch-by-24-inch rectangular tiles. These tiles provide a very clean look and a “spa-like” feeling. Also popular are long, plank tiles with a wood-grain look. They offer a rustic feel and serve as a unique alternative to hardwoods.

The Tile Selection Process

Where does tile selection fit in the grand scheme of your custom home construction project? As with all aspects of construction, your homebuilder will provide assistance. When it’s time to pick out tile, he will put you in contact with a tile expert that will walk you through the process. The tile expert will set up an initial meeting to go through the showroom, take a look at some of the options, answer any questions you have, and provide you with any help you need in making decisions.

The amount of time it takes to select flooring tile varies by customer. Sometimes, everything can be finalized in a day. However, other customers may need several days and multiple meetings to come to a decision. In some cases, customers want to only finalize one room per meeting or take samples home before committing. It’s a big decision, so take as much time as you need.

Tips & Advice

Ken Mitchell, of Total Flooring in Homer Glen, IL, has some tips and advice for customers who are preparing to select tile for their custom home. He says that doing some research and looking for inspiration prior to meeting with a tile expert will make the process go easier and faster. It helps to think about the style you want to create while keeping the function of the room in mind. If there is any furniture, appliances, or accessories in the rooms for which you are selecting tile, think about what would complement them.

Ken suggests looking for photos of tile and room designs you like in magazines, online, or on apps like Pinterest and bringing them with you to the meeting. This will give the expert an idea of what you’re looking for and provide a good starting point, rather than beginning with a blank slate. Because it can be overwhelming to select tile for multiple rooms, it’s helpful to just focus on one room at a time. Once you’re satisfied with your decision, you can move on to another room.

Ken recommends at least considering porcelain tile, noting that there are so many colors and textures available that it’s becoming a popular alternative to marble. You can find the right porcelain tile for your new home whether it’s going in a bathroom, kitchen, or entryway. Regardless of which tile you pick out, make sure you work with an experienced installation technician, whether it’s someone from the flooring company or the homebuilder. Utilizing inexperienced or unqualified installers can lead to problems. It’s worth it to pay a little extra for peace of mind that your tile is being installed properly.

P.D.H. Builders Can Build Your Dream Home in Chicagoland

If you are thinking about building a new home in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, talk to Phil Hartz at P.D.H. Builders. Phil works one-on-one with each of his customers to bring their dream homes to life. He has more than 30 years of industry experience and utilizes a network of experts, like Ken, who provide quality materials and helpful service.

P.D.H. Builders operates in the communities of Lemont, New Lenox, Mokena, Frankfort, Orland Park, and Homer Glen. For more information, call 708-949-8244 or email