Hi there, I’m Jim.
I’m a tile installer-turned-bathroom renovator living in the PNW. When I’m not writing about tile, thinking about tile, or installing tile, I’m out exploring the Western United States on my motorcycle.
James Upton is the DIYTileGuy.
His background includes working in the construction/remodeling field for over 30 years and focusing on tile specifically since 1996.
In 2012, he started blogging tile installation advice on Tiger Mountain Tile Inc, his local business site. He later moved the blog over to its own dedicated domain www.diytileguy.com.
DIYTileGuy is recognized as one of the top DIY websites in the tile industry.
James has been credited in national publications including:
- The Washington Post
- This Old House
- Family Handyman
- USA Today
- Architectural Digest
- Along with being featured in TileLetter magazine.
In addition to his work experience, he is a CTI Certified Tile Installer and serves on the National Tile Contractors Association technical committee.
He is a Wedi PRO Certified Installer and has received training in large format tile, substrate prep, and gauged porcelain panels along with manufacturer-specific training from Laticrete, Schluter, Ardex, and Custom Building Products.
His latest venture is The Grinder which is an email newsletter specifically for those in the tile industry.
When he’s not thinking about, installing, or writing about tile he likes to travel on his motorcycle and pretend he can beat the stock market.
DIYTileGuy is a resource for the DIY community. It attempts to combat the overly simplistic, often incorrect, how-to advice out there and instead provides real down-to-earth tile tips, methods, and information not found in the usual marketing books and videos.