Erik, in one of the bathrooms, the tiles come out to the halfway mark in the area. So that the toilet and tub are on them, and then it is carpeted in front of the sinks. E's bathroom is a worry to me, although I know that he is extra careful when exiting the shower, I am still thinking large tiles in there. As I said before, they are rather sloppy when building homes over here, and they use plywood for underlay everywhere except where they are going to put carpet. In that area they put the cheaper particle board. So what they will and will not allow here does not surprise me in the least. I think there are enough DIY books out there, but I admit to wanting to join a crew that is doing any skill that I think I could use in the future.. heck, to learn some things.. i would work for free.