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Hi! Could I get some advice on my tiling? It's just been done last week by a tiler by trade but my builder who does everything says that he could have done a neater job and that he's surprised by the level of finish and pointed out some clumsy areas.

I'm now worried that my tiler did a bad job and can't 'unsee' all the bits that seem unprofessional, it stands out and want to get the whole thing re-done! A lot of the tiles don't feel even when you run your hands across them, and even and the grout looks really heavy.

I should have chosen a lighter grout but I didn't expect grey to come out so dark, as the light grey I chose for the floors was virtually white! The fact the grout is dark I feel shows even more all the mistakes. Particularly on the corners and on the trim. He didn't even silicone along the bottom, around the worktop. Unfortunately I have already paid my tiler but even so, I would like to ask someone else to come and take it all off and start from the beginning. Is this going to be really messy and a lot of work?

Feeling stressed and could do with any outside opinions!!!

My Mum thinks it would be insane to re-do it and thinks it's too much dust and dirt. But I'm worried I'll just really hate it and regret not changing it.
 

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Hi.
There some bits that could have been done neater and the dark grout emphasises those parts and the grouting could have been neater. It’s not the worst I’ve seen by a long way.
If you were happy enough to pay your tiler , why would the builder then come in and pull the job apart ? . If you are getting it re-done then use the builder if he thinks he can do better.
 
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I agree with most comments here. Dark grout is always going to show up any uneven areas. The spacing/positioning has been poor. Wher ethere is thick dark grout if you get sharp paint scraper (Stanley blade type) you can take the grout down to a thinner profile yourself which may improve the look. I think the worst thing to have been done is the tile trim should have been fixed in with white grout to make it look neater.
 
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Also, in pics 2&3, it looks as though the 'tiler' has initially lined up with the wall rather than the tiles on the adjacent wall and has had to stick a thin tile in to cover the gap... or perhaps that is edging? Not sure tbh.
 

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