How Saltillo Tile Turned A Hoarder House Into A Modern Country Living Space

By Clay Imports


According to photographer, small business owner, and general adventurer Lisa Woods, Saltillo tile will outlast trends.

I originally bought the country home as an investment property, mostly for the land. While the house needed a lot of work, the original plan was to use the land itself for another project. But sometimes, plans can change for the better. Juggling different projects, I was just about to open a coffee shop when my tenant suddenly moved out. To make the best of the property, while not neglecting other duties, I decided to flip the house and sell it fast.


What I Had to Deal With

The first challenge: the tenant turned out to be a hoarder. The mess left behind was a huge undertaking. It took days, and a lot of patience to just declutter and clean up.

The second challenge was time. Since I had to shift my attention back to the coffee shop asap, I needed to get everything done quicker than usual. With the help of professional and reliable contractors, and family and friends, I miraculously managed to remodel a 1900 SF house on 5 acres within s super short period of time!

Before Bathroom Remodel
After Bathroom Remodel
Saltillo Tile Outlasting Trends

The Saltillo Tile makes all the Difference

For the small bathroom and laundry room, I selected terracotta Saltillo tile. To me, Saltillo is timeless, classic, trendy and simple all at the same time. With all of my other remodeling and styling endeavors I tend to lean towards styles that will outlast trends. Saltillo is one of those tiles that is here to stay.

Saltillo Tile Outlasting Trends

DIY Tile Installation – Only if I have to

Saltillo Tile Outlasting Trends


After knocking out all the details and finally photographing the place to sell, I almost wanted to move in myself! However, I advertised an Open House on Instagram, and the home found a new and caring owner shortly after. Sidenote, I opened the coffee shop! Come visit East Social House next time you’re in Austin.

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