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Terracotta tiles can be classified as unglazed and glazed.Unglazed terracotta tiles are porous and do not have a protective coating, which makes them highly vulnerable to stains and signs of wear and tear.Glazed terracotta tiles are protected and hardened with a layer of shiny vitreous glaze. The glaze makes these tiles resistant to water, impervious to stains and highly suitable for application in moisture-laden areas like bathrooms and kitchens. Glazed terracotta tiles might become slippery, but one can opt for an anti-slip surface finish.Browse through more terracotta floor tile designs
The basement is partially underground and is primarily lit by a skylight located two floors above. The void below the skylight passes through the daughter’s bedroom on the first floor and a corner of the kitchen on the ground level. The other end of the basement is level with the backyard in the lower end of the sloping plot. At this end (not in image) it is naturally illuminated by two windows with coloured glass, sourced from a demolished house. “To maintain a steady temperature throughout the year, the floor is clad in terracotta tiles. Miniature Rajasthani tiles inserted at the edges of the terracotta floor add an element of interest,” the architect says. An outdoor sitting area and the backyard can be accessed through the basement.