Step 6: Laying the Floor
Unlike traditional tiling where you start in the center of the room, we started along the edge of the adjoining floor and worked our way to the back of the room, going from side to side. Trust your eyes. You are working with a material that is not 'perfect', so as you work your way from side to side with each row, you are able to keep things in line with how you position your tiles as you go along. We did not use any spacers or chalk lines, but if you feel this will help you keep things in line, try it. Do a dry fit of a few tiles before you begin applying the adhesive to see how things are going to line up. Embrace any irregularities. They honestly do add charm to this type of flooring application.
Working in small, manageable areas, spread a layer of eco-friendly adhesive/mastic with a v-notched trowel and begin securing tiles. We left about 1/8 of an inch gap between each tile and another half inch gap around the perimeter of the room to allow for natural expanding and contracting.