Unexpected complications can arise in any bathroom remodel, so it's important to be prepared for anything. If you replace your bathroom floor only to discover that it and the floor of the adjacent room have different heights, be prepared to let your bathroom saddle help you transition smoothly from one level to the next.
Tile Transition Bathroom Saddle
If your new tiled floor is shorter than the connecting floor, small tiles can used to create a smooth slope by building them up from beneath with mortar or a fabric membrane. Contrarily, if the tile is taller than the connecting floor, tile can be given the bullnose treatment, buffing it down into a smooth transitional slope.
Stone Saddle Step
Using the same stone as in your bathroom remodel, a stone step can be placed either above the level of both bathroom floors to create a raised threshold, or it can be use to mark the step down into the connecting room. Keep in mind that stone saddle steps can provide a tripping hazard, and aren’t recommended for homes with small children or the elderly.
Bi-level Reducer Bathroom Saddle
Most commonly made from wood and installed at the same time as one of the wooden floors. A wooden bi-level reducer saddles create a smooth slope that leads from one floor up to the next, cutting out the risk of a tripping hazard. Depending on your type of stone, a stone bi-level reducer saddle may be possible.
Though uncommon, aluminum thresholds can be bent and adjusted to act as a ramp between floors of different heights.
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