Basement Tile Layout Strategy
LEED for Homes requires the first 3 feet in front of any exterior door to be a hard, cleanable surface such as tile or hardwood flooring. In the Oakley Home 2.0 project this meant that the first 3 feet in front of the walkout basement patio door would need to be tile, rather than carpet. That said, a small 3'x6' patch of tile in front of a door is not all that useful, which made me decide to extend the tile from the door to the basement bathroom to effectively serve as a mud room area where residents or guests could enter through the basement, take off their muddy shoes and clothes, and clean-up without dragging dirt throughout the house. This extent of mud room area tile was installed on Friday and below are pictures of the result.