How To Renovate Your Home With The Skills Of A Tradie


How To Renovate Your Home With The Skills Of A Tradie

Aussie Tradie and Reno Expert Kyal Demmrich Shares his Top Tips to Tiling Like a Pro


Around the country, Aussies of all ages are picking up their tools like never before and starting a DIY renovation project – many for the first time!

Whether it’s to refresh their homes’ look and feel or to try securing their properties value as the market continues to wobble why not join this growing trend and dare to DIY your next home project


From a simple coat of paint, or freshly paved outdoor path, to a new kitchen splashback or perhaps even a full bathroom makeover the possibilities of DIY are endless and so are the options!


And that’s where Beaumonts comes in!


From how to install mosaic tiles, right through to what grout to use where the Beaumonts website is a treasure trove of handy tools to help you get that reno started.


We had the chance to speak with Beaumont Tile’s design expert Christie Wood who has helped thousands of Aussie renovators make their dreams a reality and notes that sourcing information from trusted sources can really help simplify the process.

Ms Wood points to all the Beaumonts resources specifically designed to help to turn even the most novice of home renovators into a tiling whizz in no time.


To check out our DIY tiling hub click here.


“A fantastic way to put your mind at ease when making design decisions is to check out our ‘What’s My Style’ quiz,” Christie said.


What’s My Style, helps identify your style from the top ten global interior design trends based on your personal tastes and responses to a three-minute quiz. It’s like having your own personal stylist to help you nail the current trends with complete confidence, no matter your budget"


“It then recommends an on-trend style guide to achieve your designer look, of must-haves for each room including colours, stand-out furnishings, signature fittings, tiles and bathroomware, all curated to evoke creativity and design flair,” Christie added.


How do you get a renovation started?

This question can be daunting for even the savviest of renovators. Lucky for you, Aussie tradie and renovation expert Kyal Demmrich has some helpful tips to help you take the first step!

The Block alumni and Beaumont Tiles Ambassador says a great way to make DIYing your reno a little easier is having both the right information and the right tools. Kyal has tried and tested his techniques in the 35 renos he transformed with his wife Kara and his main rules for tiling like a pro are:

Dry surfaces: Before you start, your surface should be dry, clean, and smooth. If you are tiling in a wet area, it must be waterproofed correctly before you commence tiling.

Clean tiles are a must: Tiles should be dry and completely clean. Any loose powder on the backs of tiles should be removed to avoid contaminating the adhesive. A fine bristle brush is good to help with this.

Not all adhesives are created equal: Do not skimp, and make sure you choose the right adhesive for the surface and type of tile. There are many brands of adhesive out there, and they are all designed for specific types of tiles and tile surfaces. Check with your local specialist tile retailer like us at Beaumont Tiles where you can talk to in-store tile experts who can help.

Size does matter for the novice DIY: Tiling with big tiles is tough, even for seasoned pros. Large-format tiles are heavy and are expensive to replace if mistakes are made, so DIY novices should aim for tiles no bigger than 300 x 600mm.

Start with grate: The secret with tile layout is starting from the floor grate (either inside or outside the shower) and working your way outwards. Draw up a plan of your floor/wall/splashback and map out where your tiles will go. At this point, you should also check that you have the correct fall to the grate. This ensures that your water will drain away correctly.

Dry laying is everything: Dry laying tiles ensures you have the correct number of tiles as well as creating a vision of how they will look. Dry laying is also the perfect time to confirm whether you are happy with your tile choice, or if you need to make last-minute changes.

Lay tiles carefully: Tiles that are placed unevenly create an uneven joint (or ‘lip’) which could be a trip hazard – there are levelling products out there to help with this. Make sure you tile the floor before your wall – wall tiles should slot neatly above your floor tiles. Where silicone is used, leave a 2-3mm gap where walls and floors meet.

Peel and place technologies: A fantastic product to make your tiling even easier is BT-Instalay CTU by Gripset. This flooring system is a game-changer and can prepare a surface for tiling in only four quick and easy steps. BT-Instalay CTU is also 10 times lighter than cement sheets, making it an ideal flooring system for DIYers. It is also a waterproofing membrane if you are using it in wet areas.

Grout is a gift: With grout, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions exactly. Wait at least 24 hours after laying before grouting and protect the tiles from any water or weather by covering them with old clean sheets. Do not grout where walls meet floors or where two walls meet. Instead, apply silicone when the surrounding grouted area is dry. Epoxy grout is a fantastic option due to its durability and stain resistance. It is a breeze to clean and perfect for outdoor or wet areas, making it an exciting alternative to cement grout.