Case Study - Porcelain Tiling Harkstead, Suffolk

Project Details:

Located on the Shotley peninsula this stunning contemporary self-build house is in the village of Harkstead, on the banks of the River Stour estuary. My clients required Porcelain tiles throughout the house, including bathrooms, staircase and mezzanine, equating to 96sqm of wall tiling and 240sqm of floor tiling.

The beautiful feature staircase by Spiral UK, situated in the entrance atrium, was inlaid with Solo Black tiles. Every tile was bespoke cut by hand to fit each of the varying treads.

The house has wet underfloor heating which was supplied by Nu-Heat UK Ltd and installed by ET Clark & Son Ltd. The ground floor has reinforced concrete screed which was supplied and installed by Co-Dunkall Ltd and the first floor is Anhydrite which was supplied and installed by Screedflo Ltd. Those floors that required it were levelled with BAL Level Max and fitted with BAL Flexbone 2easy with expansion joints in the doorways. All wet areas were waterproofed by fitting BAL Board which was then tanked. Due to the size of the floors, the underfloor heating and the use of Anhydrite screed, 2easy matting was the right choice for this project as it saved time with no sanding and sealing on the screed and also providing a safe solution to movement across the floors. A tiled skirting was fitted throughout the house which was finished with Genesis straight edge Bright Silver trim.


  • WALL TILES: Nuriko Ice, Grey & Jet
  • FLOOR TILES: Solo White
  • STAIR TILES: Solo Black


  • LEVELLING: BAL Level Max
  • WATERPROOFING: BAL Tank-it & BAL Board
  • ADHESIVE: BAL Rapid One, BALFlex One
  • GROUT: BAL Micromax2


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Main Contractor:

Kenmar Building Ltd


Supplied by Topps Tiles of Ipswich

BAL Products:

Supplied by Tile & Stone Gallery, Ipswich

“Neil came highly recommended by the local representative for Bal and he didn’t disappoint. It was a big job but Neil worked through it steadily and reliably and the workmanship was outstanding”.
Tony Cotton