Lazy Tiles or Bullnose / 18″ x 21″ Tiles?

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When tiling your kitchen countertops there are several options to consider. Prior to Lazy Granite people would have to use 12″ x 12″ tiles to cover their counters, but now we have several options that provide far less grout lines. So now we just need to determine which is the better option for our home, Lazy Tiles or Bullnose / 18″ x 21″ tiles? Below are the pros and cons of each method…


Lazy Tiles

Lazy Tiles are considered ‘Mini Slabs’ and can be listed as ‘Slab Granite’ on a home listing. They are one large tile that measures 18″ wide, 24″ deep, and they have a 1″ bullnose overhang on the front edge. The main benefit of using Lazy Tiles instead of smaller tiles is the smaller number of seams. With the Lazy Tiles you will only have 1 seam every 18″ as opposed to something like 12″ x 12″ tiles where the seams are literally everywhere. With lazy Tiles you get the look and feel of slab granite for the price of tile!


Bullnose & 18″ x 21″ Tiles

Pairing our bullnose edge tiles with an 18″ x 21″ tile is another great alternative to using 12″ x 12″ tiles. The main benefit of using 18″ x 21″ tiles paired with a 3″ x 24″ bullnose edge tile instead of the Lazy Tiles mentioned above is the cost. The Lazy Tiles are roughly 10% more expensive per square foot, however you do eliminate the seam created by pairing the bullnose and 18″ x 21″ tiles. Both are great improvements over the traditional 12″ x 12″ tiles and are a far less costly alternative to using slab granite.

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  1. Don Berg
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    I’m considering Lazy tiles for a kitchen countertop. I’d like to use a drop-in sink instead of the sink kit option. I would like to avoid as much tile cutting as possible. My question is: Can I butt the Lazy tiles up against the sink sides and use bullnose at the front of the sink ? What about at the rear of the sink? I can’t find any info on your site on how to deal with this type of install (which I think would be fairly common). Would this be handled when I supply layout measurements? Thanks!

    • chrissy
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      Hi Don,
      Great question. You are correct, you can use Lazy Granite with a drop in sink just by using the bullnose tiles in front. An 18″ x 21″ tile can be cut to fit behind the sink, or if you think you will have enough remaining tile from the rest of your project, you can just use that. If you want to chat with someone, feel free to submit a diagram of your kitchen here and someone from the team will give you the information you need for your kitchen:Send in a diagram here

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