We procured the tile for our downstairs bathroom yesterday. Originally we were thinking a shower stall would work for the bathroom downstairs. The room is an odd dimension though, and I knew that the drain wasn't in exactly the right location. So I thought, that for the same price as a $700 shower stall, we could make our own mortar bed. I started doing research, and found that the Schluter shower system was the way to go. The shower is probably going to cost $1000 though, half of that for the shower kit. We could have gone for cheaper tile, we didn't go crazy or anything, we did want it to have a certain look though. And we're thinking long term, most basements get crappy finishes, and get ripped out every 10 to 20 years, we're hoping this one will last at least 20. We chose a 4x8 subway tile for the walls. It's white, and has a bit of a texture to it. We chose a 1x1 mosaic for the floor, that is a tan colour, and we have a matching grout that's a little darker. We went to a place called Fontile, the floor tile was on sale the rest wasn't. They have a lot of great tile there, and more selection than Home Depot. They didn't have any hex or octagonal tile though, they said they're not longer popular. They didn't have any black cove tile ( I don't know if that's the proper name) either. So after work we headed to Home Depot to get the rest of the tile. I knew they had an octagonal mosaic with black diamonds in it, that we wanted for the floor. We figured we needed at least 3 boxes (30 s.f.), we could only find 2 boxes, even though the computer said they had 64 boxes. Typical Home Depot, they know they have it, but they don't know where it is. It drives me crazy, it would be such a simple thing to document where they store stuff. So now we have to go back and get some more, minimum 5 more sq. ft. We should have some pics of the tiling process this weekend. I think we're just over 1000 bucks on the tile and shower budget, and that includes tiling behind the toilet, and the backsplash, as well as the floor.