Ken in Elgin

03:38PM | 10/20/02
Member Since: 10/19/02
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I have a 27 yr old. kitchen that flows onto a house addition. Both the kitchen (12 x 10) and the addition (18’ x 10’) are tiled with vinyl one- foot squares (2 layerrs). Since the addition was built, it has settled in the foundation approximately 3” over three feet… then it levels off for the remainder. So there is a slope there between the two rooms.

I’ve used thinset (Versabond) to build up the transition before laying tile while trying to repair tiles that had cracked. My final opinion is that it doesn’t look good or work and I’d like to put down ceramic tile in the kitchen and then transition to some type of wood flooring in the addition.


The kitchen is built over poured concrete floor and is very stable. Should I remove the vinyl tiles (2 layers) before installing ceramic tiles? Is it absolutely necessary to lay down backing board (like wonderboard) before doing the ceramic tiling?

What type of flooring should I use to go from the ceramic in the kitchen to the flooring in the addition? It probably will not settle any more, but I need something that is flexible enough to withstand the slope.

I have low res pictures that detail this problem and I’d love to send them to anyone who would be interested in responding.


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