dad borrowed uncle paul's giant pickup truck and drove down to get the tile. it's close to an hour drive each way, and he had to make a second trip since our order was so large. he picked up 16x16 slate tile for the basement family room/kitchenette/hall/bathroom, a different 16x16 slate tile for the upstairs foyer/powder room/hall/laundry/kitchen/pantry, and a 12x24 porcelain tile for the master bathroom floor and walls. He may have also picked up white 3x6 subway tile for the 2nd bathroom.
tile came from Pro Source in Cranberry Twp
16x16 slate tile
uncle paul used the tractor and a chain instead of unloading the tile one box at a time. notice the back tire lifting off the ground from the weight of the slate.
garage staging area. the rest was driven straight to the basement and slid inside using wood 2x4's.