Carrara Venato creates shower of dreams…. Mine anyway :)

Yep. This is definitely a dream shower. Beyond a Five Start resort hotel.

It is an incredible installation glass doors yet to go on, but this does give us a better view of the marble. This is no accident in creating this masterpiece. The customer or installer (probably both) has placed the Venato 6×12″ Honed to spread out the veining to create the look they want. They added a Venato 1″ Hexagon honed to the two niches framed with the Carrara Venato 3/4″ honed pencil trim. (Nice touch)

Then on the floor and as a feature wall is the Carrara Venato 2″ Hexagon Honed and the main bathroom floor has the Carrara Venato 12×24″ Honed in a classic brick format.

This shows how well the marble matches when it is picked and packed by our marble experts no other company offers this service. That just one key difference to our business model. A USP to our business. We are not interested in huge volumes. We are focused on each individual customer as if these are our bathrooms.

This is not dumb packing at a 3rd party warehouse or low cost warehouse employees, these are skilled marble experts with decades of experience selecting the marble for your project. You are not ordering from people that have no access to the product. The actual product is right outside the door of our offices. We see it before it is shipped. We selected this lot. Our offices are not in some ivory tower with the marble in another state. Our product is all together with us under one roof. Very few companies operate this way.

A no frills marketing strategy helps keep our costs low. We do not have experts in marketing writing our blogs or taking pictures to the point that they are not realistic with the products our pictures are with an iPhone (not even the latest one). My English teacher would not have picked me to write this blog, but we do not want to pay for another resource. All resources are a cost. Costs have to be added to the square foot price of the product and in these inflationary times saving our customers money and perfect marble is more important to us than grammatical perfection. I am already making excuses for this post. Happy to change any mistakes if someone would point them out. Then we are all working together to keep the prices low 🙂

Carrara Venato Honed Bathroom

The incredible Carrara Venato used perfectly to create a shower classic instantly adding value to any home buying direct from the supplier The Builder Depot.

Keeping the number of SKU’s simple: A Carrara Venato 6×12″ wall tile with Nero Strip Hexagon shower floor tile and capped off with a simple pencil trim.

Not a complicated design but the 6×12″ has been arranged to maximum effect spreading out the veining and not just thrown on the wall box-to-box. Planning has paid off here.

The great thing I know about this shower, we can come back to this post in a decade and it will still look like a shower that I wish I had. That is when you know you have a great design. Timeless Classics. No need to ever remodel again (which once you have done it you do not want to do it again). This type of bathroom that sits in Hotels in London that have been around since the 1800’s or the Plaza in NYC with their timeless Carrara marble bathrooms. Installations over a hundred years ago and looks perfect today.

The bathroom will add value. Overtime the cost to create this same design will double, triple and so on. The design itself will not age and the owner gets to enjoy living in a 5 star hotel resort bathroom forever, all while the value of the bathroom appreciates in value. “Carrara Marble” bathroom is an incredible bonus feature when it comes to selling a home. Tomorrow or in fifty years.

Carrara Bianco. Design Perfection!

Carrara Bianco Nero Strip Marble Mosaic (Free Shipping and around $23.95 Square Foot for Summer 2021…. could be $30.00 by 2022.. shipping costs, extracting perfect Carrara marble, this cost will never go down it is a finite resource a one of a kind natural product).

The picture above is the “after“. The real story is here on Carrie Bradshaw lied its an awesome website full of tips and tricks by someone that clearly has an eye for fashion (well worth following and reading along).

The tile installed is Hexagon Carrara Mosaic with Nero Marquina framing here and the 4×12″ Honed Carrara Bianco in the shower found on our website here.

Then the last picture is just one image from the before. To see more pictures please visit the blog here then you can see the big reveal.

Look at that amazing shower. Love it!!

Amazing shower. The Italian Carrara Bianco 4×12″ honed is no stranger to shower.

This shower is amazing. The installation is exceptional and the Italian marble fabulous. The use of the 4×12″ Carrara Honed is a great option as it gives it a different take on the traditional 3×6″ subway tile. I like it. In fact it is probably my favorite size for a shower. This grade of Italian marble however is becoming increasingly difficult to source, add in the Covid factor and finding perfect Italian marble is not an easy job. We are managing and managing to keep our customers supplied even in this challenging environment.

The niche…. Wow can we just take a moment to admire. Again impressive!

The Before (one of the pictures)

You really have to go to the blog to appreciate the work that went into this, it is a work of art. Tile is Art. You decide where the tiles go. How the veining should look. The Hexagon on the floor however that is art on another level, it is intricately designed. The gaps are exactly 1.5mm apart to create a non-slip surface without it looking like a floor or “grout”. The level of traction is perfectly designed for the size the Hexagon. My absolute favorite Mosaic, not just ascetically but also from a practical design point of view and rarely do these two meet 🙂

Carrara Bianco 6×12″ Subway Tile

Carrara Bianco 6x12" Polished

Carrara Bianco 6×12″ Subway Tile for $8.00 a square foot available in Honed and Polished

A great looking bathroom of Bianco Carrara Marble. This image is added in April 2021 to keep images fresh. The consistency of using the same quarry for a decade is critical to providing the highest quality Italian Marble, year after year.

Carrara Bianco Honed Picket Mosaic new for 2020!

Carrara Bianco Picket Marble Mosaic currently $12.45 a Square Foot available Click Here.

This is a popular design in Ceramic so it makes sense for us to add it to our collection of Italian Marble for 2020 (this is one crazy year so not too many new products). You can see the product in a video on our Instagram page here.

We like to get into the detail. Here is the layout of the design. I like the larger format. Any questions please let us know.

As with all our blog posts prices are subject to change (as eventually this post will become a decade old). The website has current prices.

Nero Marquina. Black is Back!

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Nero Marquina has been making a comeback for some years now and we are not talking about the China Black from the “Big Box” retailers that is all glued together on the back as the Chinese try and hold together what is a defective product that they have no choice because the Big Box does not actually import direct and forces their suppliers to such low prices, something has to give and it is quality before price (apparently).

We are talking about premium Spanish Nero Marquina that has a subtle amount of white not the China black that looks someone has taken a white crayon to a black tile and destroyed it. Subtle white veining. Not over 50% white veining.

The perfect product from a cost perspective is buying a 2×12″ tile as a mosaic in a stacked form. Instagram provides a plethora of images of our Nero Marquina stacked. Some install it as is. Stacked. Some turn it on it’s side for a modern look and others cut each piece up and then they have perfect 2×12″ (perfect because it was cut and made to fit a mold). That makes… once cut a great product for installing however you want. Running Brick format or even the ever popular Herringbone.

2x12 Polished Nero another angle

I have to admit it. It is a gorgeous marble installed in a Herringbone format. Sleek, narrow, perfect and because it is purchased on a sheet as a stacked mosaic you get a lot more 2×12″ pieces that you do with trying to buy it already formatted as a Herringbone. Herringbone leaves a lot of empty space in a box; 40% more actually. Agreed there is some extra work cutting them up but saving 40% worth consideration 🙂

2x12 Nero Polished

I love the way the tub rests on our Bianco Carrara Marble. But the 2×12″ stacked polished is the winner. Found here.

Bianco Shower

Black marble Nero Marquina again. This time a Nero Basketweave honed for $11.95 a Square Foot (also available in polished..see picture below which is a screenshot from our website). The subway Tile is 3×6″ Bianco Honed for $7.50 a Square Foot (also available in polished). Part of a large Italian collection of Marble Tiles, Mosaics and Field Tile a collection of over eighty matching products. The largest collection in the USA from the worlds highest ranked Google Trusted Store in the Tile and Stone Industry.

PS… Love the Shower Doors. Second time seeing them with our product here they are with the whiter Venato 4×12″. The doors look great with the marble contrast.

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Screenshot from our Nero Marquina page where the Basketweave can be found (prices on this blog post are valid through to Fall 2019). The website will have the most current and up to date prices.

2x12 Nero Tile

Finally here again is the beautiful 2×12″ Nero Marquina this time the Honed version used as a backsplash. Dramatic… not too much. Just right. Great designs.

The fine print: Prices valid thru Fall and hopefully winter 2019. The Builder Depot website always has the most up-to-date prices and overrides all prices from blog posts which as we have been around for now decades can be pretty old posts. Over time be thousands of posts from ten to fifty years ago. Prices will change unless someone can stop inflation.

Pietra Carrara Shower 6×12″ Subway Tile

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Carrara Pietra 6×12″ Subway Tile $8.00 a Square Foot. along with 2″ Hexagon Mosaic for $9.45 a Square Foot along with Free Shipping (Prices valid thru 2019 then apparently using legal terms… subject to change. Please see our website for current pricing).

The Bench is created with tiles of Pietra 4×12″ honed also available in the same collection.

It is a common question what is the difference between Bianco Carrara, Carrara Venato and Carrara Pietra. It is difficult to explain as it is subjective.

My best explanation: Carrara Bianco is the most traditional of all Carrara products. It is what you see at every showroom in North America. Carrara Venato is whiter based has tiles that are blank with no veining. You can see Carrara Venato below in the 4″ Hexagon Mosaic. If you look at the marble, some of the mosaics and some of the tiles are completely white. This creates a whiter, brighter look.

Carrara Pietra was created for people that wanted Carrara Venato but wanted it with more veining. So we added more “life” tiles with more veining. It is a great looking marble and a great price point.

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Venato Carrara 4″ Hexagon Honed $12.95

Cement Tile and Carrara Venato! Wow!!

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Very quickly: In front of Island Cement Tile Medina Black $10.95/Free Ship. 4×12″ Cararra Venato Subway Tile $8.00 a Square Foot. Pencils $9.95EA and Arabesque $16.95 all honed. (This collection of Marble is Exclusive to The Builder Depot).

The post can be seen on Instagram here: Jenny Hollander also good resource for questions about grout color, etc.

It is also called the following, Atlas, Taza, Medina and on and on with lots of names for the same Encaustic Cement Tile….. just to really help customers (let’s all agree one name….. but sadly that would not work as our price of $10.95 a Square Foot with Free Shipping (thru 2019) is the lowest in the market).

Everyone can make Cement Tile it is then simply a question of how efficient you are at supplying the consumer and not many are very efficient – but will give you a) A lower price then charge you huge amount of freight or b) Price the product by the piece for example $6.70 then you have to multiply that by 2.25 to get the “Real Cost Per Square Foot” which is at $6.70 a piece $15.07 a Square Foot”. It is just “Click Bait”).

The marble is stunning. Background as white as Calacatta Gold, you will never find a marble with such consistency from product to product, from field tile to mosaic to trim….. not just saying that because it is ours. You can see how white the base is of the 4×12″ Carrara and the Arabesque framed above the stone against the white door. We all know the color of a white door. That is a good reference point to how white based our Carrara Venato collection truly is. Exceptionally white. Probably the whitest based marble in the world and it is a Trademarked product only sold online through The Builder Depot 🙂

Amazing Backsplash with Carrara Venato 3×6″. Simple and Elegant.

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Simple Elegance. Carrara Venato 3×6″ Subway Tile for $7.50 a Square Foot available in Honed or Polished part of a collection of marble in various sizes, mosaics and trims. Carrara Venato.

You cannot underestimate the power of simplicity. Okay….. the tile is spectacular and whomever installed it did a great job picking and placing the tile. So there are two forces at work to create this wonderful backsplash.

A beautiful kitchen. Not complex in its design and will always be popular Carrara Marble dates back to the Roman era it was popular then. It is popular today. It will always be popular because every single tile is unique and every backsplash is different.

The veining is natural and unlike a porcelain or ceramic pattern does not repeat every six tiles. Which once you know that is how they make it. The pattern is a repeating pattern you start to spot the repeats. They may rotate the tile to help to make it a little different but ultimately you will see it and count them. Well I would but I think I have some sort of OCD. 🙂

This kitchen makes me think of Spring. Have a wonderful March everyone. Here to Spring finally arriving!!

Cement Tile. Carrara Tile – The never aging trend.

Atlas Black used on the front of this Countertop. Stunning (our marble 4×12″ Venato for $8.00 a Square Foot along with Arabesque picture frame used as a border). Stunning Kitchen posted to our IG feed (take a look to see questions).

If you are an avid follower of design trends, or frequently spend your time on Pinterest or Instagram looking for the hot and charming trends, then it is safe to say that you might have come across some beautiful looking patterned tiles now and then. From kitchen floors to bathrooms and laundry rooms, these patterned tiles offer an appealing outlook to any floor.

Several of the patterned tile you’ve set eyes online and social media is Encaustic Cement Tile. It perfectly encapsulates the essence of a vintage tile. This tile like other Handmade Cement Tile has been making waves in Europe for quite some time now, but only just gained prominence and popularity in the US only in the last couple of years. What makes it an attractive Cement Tile is its alluring matte finish and the smooth, silky feel of its body.

We can rave about the amazing qualities of Encaustic Cement Tile all day and not be tired, and indeed it’s an integral part of The Builder Depot line up of products their Cement Tile collection. The Builder Depot is the only Google Trusted Store and the highest ranking store in the Tile and Stone Industry as a whole not just in the Cement Tile Industry

As well as the only company that ships from its own warehouse which it owns, giving us complete control over QC checks prior to it being loading onto the truck.The competition well…. They are all 3PL a 3rd Party ships their orders at a high price (that is a person simply scanning an order and putting a box on a pallet, no checking, fast as possible, then move onto other orders in the Air Conditioning section) 3PL’s stock multiple product types.

The Competition tries to sneak around their higher cost structure by selling online as cost per piece for example $6.95 is all the customer will see. But to get to the square foot price you have to multiply that by 2.25.

An example of pricing per piece (FYI. The only flooring product that is sold by the piece). $6.95 x 2.25 = $15.64 per Square Foot. So you do have to watch this tricky maneuver, to make you buy before you think. Whereas we are $10.95 a Square Foot and Free Shipping to boot.

The Builder Depot works on massive economies of scale, a no debt business, pays cash upfront for the product (which ensures the highest quality – no one wants to loose a cash paying account). Along with a no frills marketing strategy, that keeps our costs down, along with no fixed costs. Instead of keeping this extra margin, we pass it onto the consumer. Pricing in 2019 for our Handmade Encaustic Cement Tile (made with the highest grade of Cement; Portland cement) is $10.95 a Square Foot and Free Shipping.

The competition does not have (and this is to warn not poke holes)

  • Their own a warehouse
  • Have a review policy (We are the only Google Trusted Store in this industry)
  • An address shown on their website, very few. (as it is operated out of their home, nothing wrong with that but at least get a mailbox).
  • No return policy (read their policy if you can find it in the lines and lines of waffle).
  • Why you might ask? So they can collapse overnight and you cannot come after them for the sub-par Cement Tile they sold you. They have no assets. They will simply hide behind their LLC and you cannot take their 3PL that is not theirs. The inventory will be gone before you can say “But Lawsuit…..”

However: This well-designed Handmade Cement Tile still has a couple of drawbacks on its own. So let’s discuss those.

It is very similar to marble. As a Cement Tile, it  can stain if acidic liquids like wine are just left to sit. It is handmade and can be more susceptible to wear than any other tile (depending on the quality you purchased, from a small company with no history he will be buying the cheapest tile possible. Shipping from a 3PL (3rd Party Location and close up shop and hide behind his LLC as everyone is left with terrible tile, company has no assets, that is why they are all 3PL shippers).

It needs to be re-sealed as required better sealer quality less often. It does share very close similarities with marble. But some of these drawbacks could be a blessing in disguise. These “imperfections” are what makes the Encaustic Cement Tile perfect, and you know what, because the color and pattern of the tile are usually bold, when they wear or fade, their beauty will even come out the more. So, like fine wine, the Encaustic Cement Tile gets better with age.

Prices subject to change at anytime. The website has the most up to date pricing but we try and keep some stability. Ordering a sample for example. That locks your price in for 30 days from when you ordered the sample gives you time to decide without the rush. (Sorry lawyers want this caveat added to anything with pricing).