Carrara Venato 4×12″ Subway Tile for Flooring

Venato 4x12" HonedCarrara Venato 4×12″ laid out in our warehouse in a Herringbone Flooring Pattern • Simple design but very elegant • Price $8.00 a square foot

Carrara Venato 4x12" Marble TileOur warehouse effort at laying the tile in a Herringbone format.  But also looks great as a running bring format too.

Carrara Venato 4x12" Polished TileCarrara Venato 4×12″ Subway Tile Polished $8.00SF installed in Brick format with 1″ Hexagon Mosaic Polished cut into a border $10.95SF

Carrara Venato 4x12 Subway TileVenato Polished Bathroom

Our Warehouse

Our Warehouse – Spring 2014

Our Warehouse DocksOur warehouse is not very exciting.  Just loading docks.

Truck turnaround areaLooking out from the loading dock the back is just trees.  The large concrete area is for the large trucks (or crazy drivers) to be able to turnaround and backup to the loading docks.

Driveway to the officeWhat is pretty is the landscaping around the office

Drive up hill to warehouseA lot of it is just natural features that have been left there from what was a huge horse farm in Alpharetta

Exit out of OfficeWhen you pull out of the office/warehouse you see trees and fences that have been left behind from the horse farm days

Drive to and from officeThis road is one of my favorites.  You cannot get the full idea from this picture.  I am leaning out of my car at the stop sign (so safe).  This road is a half a mile of beautiful trees either side of the road.  In the summer it forms a shaded canopy.  When riding bikes it is such a relief in the summer to get this shade.

5910 Shiloh Road East, Alpharetta, GA.  The Builder Depot is located in what was Shiloh Farms.  A horse farm.  The area we work in is beautiful really is pretty with all the different colored trees in spring.  We chose this location for a few reasons.  #1. It is safe. #2. Our employees do not have to fight traffic to get downtown (while the traditional warehouse location is South Atlanta, Fulton Industrial we chose North, GA) which has a number of health benefits. #3. You can open the back dock door and hear the birds chirping, in South Atlanta it was always police sirens.  There are other reasons but these are close to the top. In short we wanted to work in a place that you would feel safe.  Where customers picking up product would feel safe. Work surroundings are an important part of employee moral, it transfers into every area of business. Working in the countryside/suburbs of Georgia does not automatically make a perfect business but for the people that work at The Builder Depot it is a step in the right direction. In summer when the canopy of trees is complete I will take some more pictures.  Our customers are from all over the world so I  wanted to create this blog to give everyone an idea of where we work and where the product ships from.  Any questions as always please let us know

Same road 3 weeks later the tree canopy is complete

Driving to WorkYou can now see (April 25th – 3 wks after the pictures above how much the tree canopy has grown.  It is great in Summer a real break from the heat streaming into the car.  Just wait a little in the shade and your car can cool down ten degrees in seconds.  The trees are just spectacular.  This is just my trusty iPhone taking this image but the quality is excellent.

Birds eye view of location and directions

Birds Eye ViewThank you Google for your great imagery

Nero Marquina versus China Black with 400 Years of History

Nero Marquina is on the left and China Black is on the right.  China black is covered in white veining.  Nero Marquina has only one or two white veins per tile, in the picture below we are showing 4 Sq.Ft.

Nero Maquina from The Builder DepotNero Marquina has thin long vein, generally 1-2mm in width.  China black is a mess (definitely not a technical term but probably describes the veining on China black best) of veining.

Nero Marquina Hexagon 1×1″ Polished Hexagon Mosaic is $11.45 a sheet.  You can see how dark and rich the color is.  By contrast China Black 1×1″ Hexagon is below.  This is a polished version as well the product has a dull appearance.

China Black HexagonChina Black 1×1″ Hexagon (above).  Lots of white veining. Almost Gray in appearance. The veining is so strong it will likely be glued together on the back as the veining is so thick they will be cracks. Now by contrast see the real Spanish Nero Marquina below in this 1×3″ Herringbone Honed on top of a pallet just arrived in 2016 (we do go back to old posts and update them with new images to keep things fresh).

Black Marble HerringboneYou can see how pretty the original Spanish Nero Marquina looks with minimal veining compared to all the fractures in the China Black.

I believe the Spanish Tile is more subtle. Yes we want veining!  But not like some child grabbed a white Sharpie and went to town on a black tile. It needs to have a touch of class, which just cannot be found in the Chinese copy.

12x12Nero Marquina 12×12″ Marble Tile.  This is premium select Nero Marquina 12×12″ Polished.  Available online for $7.95SF.  The veining amounts are limited and the tiles are selected to keep what veining there is to a thickness around 1-2mm.

Black and White Marble Harlequin Our products being installed.

Nero Marquina 12x12Stunning is an understatement over 2,000 square feet of Harlequin mosaic created.  A historical look dating back over 400 years.  This is our Nero Marquina ‘Select’ 12×12″ Polished paired with Carrara Venato 12×12″ Polished.  Nero Marquina 12×12″ polished is $7.95SF and the Carrara Venato 12×12″ Polished used here is $7.00SF

This year 2014 we have expanded our Nero Marquina collection significantly, perhaps too much.  Now we have the largest collection of premium ‘select’ Nero Marquina anywhere in the USA.  With more products coming like Basketweave, Herringbone and 2×2″ Hexagon.  It is called “Select” because we select the blocks.  This is not just your average Nero Marquina.  Like all our products we are specific about our needs and we have chosen a stone that has some white veining but is minimal and the black color is very rich deep black.

This is no accident the idea is to be a perfect complement to our Carrara collections.  The room scene attached involved an area of over 1,500 square feet.  The product is Carrara Venato 12×12″ polished $7.00SF and the Nero Marquina 12×12″ Polished Marble tile installed on an angle.  It is the perfect Harlequin REAL marble floor created with products that cost less than $8.00 a square foot.

Harlequin is a 400 year old classic.  It dates back over 400 years ago to Italy’s theatrical stages.  The ‘Harlequin‘ was a servant who wore brightly colored diamond patterned tights and a mask.  This diamond design was a hit.  This new and sophisticated design was copied from clothing to flooring.  Since then it has been created over  and over again.  It creates such a regal and timeless look.

This look has been a very closely guarded secret.  The cost has been prohibitive.  The whiteness of stone needed and the blackness of marble needed has been exceptionally difficult to get.  This lack of supply has created economics that lead to an incredible cost premium.  It has taken us almost half a decade to finally find what we need to bring this collection to market and make it affordable for all.

Now we have access to the most premium of all Nero Marquina and buying in huge volumes we have managed to create a price point that is now affordable.  That makes this product now an “affordable luxury” (see the way I put our tag line into that sentence) which is what we are all about 🙂

Please let me know what you think to my Sunday post.  It took about an mins to put together (not including the pictures) on a very rainy morning.  I am not a journalist and without spell check I would be lost.  I researched The Harlequin and pulled most of the knowledge from Wikipedia, so if anyone has more interment knowledge please let me know.  Any comments or grammatical improvements I would love to hear them, again I am no expert.  Just trying to provide some insight into the world of Black marble.  That was my disclaimer 🙂 Please let me know (Apologies to my English teacher).

Nero Herringbone Honed.jpgNero Marquina 1×3″ Herringbone Honed $11.95 a Square Foot (prices valid thru 2016).

Calacatta Gold Herringbone Marble Mosaic Tile

Calacatta Herringbone 1x2" Mosaic TileCalacatta Gold 1×2″ Herringbone Marble Mosaic Tile

Calacatta Herringbone Marble Mosaic TilePremium Mosaic Tile available online from for $15.95SF part of our Calacatta Gold Collection

Calacatta 2″ Hexagon Marble Mosaic Back in Stock

Calacatta Hexagon 2" Mosaic TileCalacatta Gold 2″ Hexagon Honed Marble Mosaic Tile for now just $15.95SF

Calacatta Hexagon from The Builder DepotWith the right blocks selected Calacatta Hexagon Marble Mosaic Tile is exceptional with is white base and incredible veining

Our Calacatta 2″ Hexagon honed marble mosaic tile arrived on the 11th of March 2014.  As it arrived I opened the crate opened a box and took a picture with my iPhone.  Nothing too artistic.  Packed in individual shrink wrapped packages, this Calacatta is superb.  Given the quality of the stone it is clearly understandable why we shrink wrap each mosaic, taking the extra step to ensure this product arrives to our customers in the best possible condition is vital.  Otherwise is would be an absolute waste 😦 (a waste of perfect stone like this would be awful).

It has taken months and months to finally get the quality we have been looking for.  We did not have enough premium Calacatta Gold to make any of this polished, just enough for 1,720SF.  Unfortunately or fortunately now there is only 340SF left.  There is a very good chance this will be all gone by March the 16th (all sold in less than a week)

If you are reading this post on March the 31st, then it has almost certainly all shipped by now.  We do however have another shipment arriving very soon.  It is the same grade as we do not accept anything less.  You can even see the 3×6″ on the left hand side of the pallet, it is the same block and equally exceptional.  We will have a container of Calacatta honed arriving every month.  This is the plan.  I do not think we can get anymore at this quality level.

Calacatta Basketweave Marble Mosaic Tile

Calacatta Gold Basketweave Mosaic TileNew shipment and new product arrived March 11th 2014 • Calacatta Honed Basketweave Mosaic from The Builder Depot • This product is sold online for $15.95 a square foot • Only available in polished.

Forest Natural – TCNA Test Data

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