In the world of tile, the choices are overwhelming. Because I love deals, I constantly strive to find the look I want without paying a king’s ransom. When I redecorated our porch I wanted it to look like a part of the woods beyond. I was leaning toward slate floors but did not want to invest too much money because we were also going to heat them. The solution was to find an inexpensive porcelain tile and add an accent grid in slate. Both came from Home Depot. I only had to buy a dozen or so of the slate mosaic and the large tiles were less than $2 a foot. The ceiling was no better than the vinyl floor. This is where the husband comes in. He devised a way to build small box beams, spacing them so that when the tongue and groove pine went up it would not have to be trimmed. Tongue and groove pine is relatively cheap. What made this ceiling unique was the way in which the pine took the light gray stain. I stained the boards before they went up, one coat only. The porch has become one of our favorite spots in the house.