How can I transition tiling a floor over a step?

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I have a bathroom 20ftx12ft with a 3ft long stepson one side that is 3 and half inc high from one side to other, looking to tile over ceramic floor how would I make this 3ft transition smoothly Thanks JIM h


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  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 13, 2020

    If you post a picture, it might be easier to say. But in general, it sounds like you might want to tile the 3' area as well. Unless you can purchase a tile threshold that works with it.

    • Jim Harrington Jim Harrington on Mar 13, 2020

      Katy, thanks , I will try to get someone to take picture. This was originally two smaller rooms, home is 90 years young. in the middle id a two seat jacq-tub with 3" step up on one side to sink and shower. 3' between door and tub where this 3" step comes in which is now tiled with smooth ends. Just trying to see this in my head before i move on it. Hopefully you can understand. I will try to get picture Thanks JIM

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 13, 2020

    I agree with Kathy, please post a picture, having trouble visualizing your bathroom. Where is the step exactly and what is it near? Is it between rooms? Or a step to a tub?

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Mar 13, 2020

    If you tile over tile the 3 + inch transition will only get worse. It will almost become an actual step. I guess you can treat it as such.

  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 13, 2020

    Yes picture would be very helpful. Thanks!

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Mar 13, 2020

    I also agree that a picture could help us a lot! if its three inches like a slope you could tile it over no problem and just create perhaps a threshold of smaller tile?

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Mar 13, 2020

    the sub floor is too high to make it all one level you would have to tear the step out and try to make the transition from there here is some info


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