Elmwood Cranage

BAL has provided a full tiling solution for the renovation of a six bedroom country house in Cheshire tiled by Mark Isherwood from Artisan Tiling.

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Featuring intricate brick slips, porcelain plank tiles and polished porcelain, the stunning redevelopment also features an external water feature tiled with split face stone.

A total of 400m2 of tiling was completed on both the ground and first floor of the property including the kitchen, four bathrooms and a cloak room over a calcium sulfate screed which was sanded and primed with BAL PRIME APD and decoupled using BAL RAPID-MAT uncoupling mat system.

Designed by Stuart Frazer Kitchens, the kitchen area features 1200x300mm Argento Sycamore porcelain plank tiles and a wall feature with split face stone supplied by Mandarin Stone.

As the kitchen and hallway floors weren’t flat, Mark used BAL LEVEL MAX levelling compound to create a smooth and level surface to tile onto.

The four bathrooms and the ground-floor cloakroom were all designed by Emma Scott from C.P Hart and feature a range of polished porcelain tiles.

Tiled in a linear pattern, the master en-suite features 895 x 446mm Jumble Cemento tiles, while the loft bathroom is tiled with Aalto Collagna on the floor with 596 x 596mm tiles, and 596 x 295mm tiles on the wall in a linear pattern.

The main family bathroom at the property is tiled in dark brown Aalto Toanna, again in a linear pattern on the floor and walls.

The ground floor cloakroom is tiled in Aalto Cerreto 600 x 300mm also in a linear pattern.

Aalto is a colour-bodied porcelain tile inspired by the hills of central Italy. The warm, organic colours vary markedly within each tile, reflecting a natural landscape.

All floor tiles were fixed with BAL SUPERCOVER RAPID-FLEX adhesive and grouted with BAL MICROMAX2 Smoke, while all wall tiles were fixed using BAL SINGLE PART FLEXIBLE in white or grey and grouted using BAL MICROMAX2 grout in varying colours, all primed with BAL PRIME APD first.

BAL worked with Artisan Tiling to provide a full M40 Specification and on-site project support including screed testing on the calcium sulfate screed by Lewis Lupton, Product Support Technician for the North.

On completion of the project, Mark said: “This was an amazing project to be involved with, featuring high quality designs, superior tiles and last, but not least, great fixing materials.

“I am a great fan of BAL whose products I use on a regular basis. You can always trust BAL for quality, plus they give you great back-up. As soon as I won this job I phoned Lewis who wrote a full specification and came on site to test the screed for moisture.

“It was a testing job over a long period of time, but BAL were with me every step of the way.”


Project Name: Six-bedroom country house renovation

Location: Elwood Cranage, Cheshire

Description: High quality tiling kitchen, cloakroom and four bathrooms of a six bedroom country house in leafy Cheshire.

BAL products used:

WATERPROOFING: BAL Waterproofing Kit


ADHESIVES: BAL Supercover Rapid-Flex and BAL Single Part Flexible

GROUT: BAL Micromax2

OTHER: BAL Micromax Sealant, BAL Prime APD


Kitchen: Argento Sycamore

Master En-suite: Jumble Cemento

Loft Bathroom: Aalto Collagna

House Bathroom: Aalto Toana

Bedroom 2 En-suite: Mollino White

Cloakroom: Aalto Cerreto

Project Partners

DESIGN: Emma Scott – CP Hart and Stuart Frazer Kitchens

MATERIALS: Mandarin Stone

TILING: Artisan Tiling