Carrara Venato Herringbone Marble Mosaic

Polished Venato HerringboneIncredible Venato Herringbone Marble in a 1×2″ format available in Honed and Polished for $11.45SF

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 Square Edge Trim Honed

Square Edge Carrara Venato TrimSquare Edge honed trim perfect for a shower step

Honed Square Edge Carrara Venato TrimPerhaps even the corner of a wall

Square Edge Carrara Venato Trim


Square Edge Trim SpecsSpecification of the Square Edge

This month a new trim arrived.  It is a trial product for us and we will see how it goes.  We see this as a finishing piece to a bathroom.  The main part of our business is complete bathrooms.  Our average order size is 230 to 350SF square feet.  Made up of tiles and mosaics.  This trim is aimed at these customers, the complete bathroom customer.  The type of customer where we have to ship the order on a pallet.  The amount of product ordered creates a lot of weight which increases the stability of the shipment (not going to move on the truck).

The major issue we see with this product is with shipping it.  This product cannot ship on it’s own UPS ground.  It will be broken.  It can only ship on a crate with a tile order of 100SF+.  Also it is ordered in sets of two.

Here are answers to some questions (when we refer to ‘we’ this is you the customer):

Why do we need 100SF plus?  We need the weight of the tile to hold the pallet in place on the truck.

Why do we need to order two pieces at a time?  They interlock into each other creating a square end.  They are weak on their own, strong together.  They will ship perfectly in sets of two.  They made it all the way over the rocky Ocean this way.  They can make it via truck on a pallet or in a wooden crate.

What if I order two and I realize I need two more?  Too bad, really – we cannot ship it to you.  It will break.  This is a one shot deal when you order your shipment.

I ordered 200SF for a bathroom, but did not order this.  Can it ship UPS ground?  No it cannot, how could we get it to you?  UPS will throw it, they will break it.  Then you will need us to ship you more.  This will happen over and over again.  It is no possible.  Has to ship on a pallet.  And that pallet needs weight to stop it shifting.

I really, really need this what can be done?  There are a couple of options a) You collect it from our warehouse in Alpharetta. b) The product is 36″ long.  You ship to us a cardboard box or a form of packaging you want this shipped in, including any packaging materials.  You detail how you want it packed.  You send UPS label.  Then order.  Then we are out of the loop, so when UPS throws your package and breaks the marble – you can file a claim with UPS for the product yourself.  By the way filing a claim with UPS is pretty much impossible, they make it this way so they do not have to pay for any claims.  Once you are put in the position we are in of how you ship a piece of this, I think you would conclude the same as us, it is not possible, unless on a pallet/in a crate.

Carrara from The Builder Depot = 100% Return on Investment

It is official – well HGTV seems to think so, remodeling with Cararra Venato or Carrara Bianco from The Builder Depot customers get a 100% return on the bathroom renovation.  Buying Carrara marble through us pays you!  For 70% off the retail cost plus the enjoyment of having a beautiful bathroom the return is well beyond 100%.  Want to earn $20,000 this month?  Read on.

Just the product for Carrara bathroom of this size (click here to see) will cost $10k+ at retail prices.  From The Builder Depot it will cost just $3,500.  Then you have the tub and sink and fixtures (we do not sell these) so add in another $10,000.  Then  add in labor, we will assume that is equal at $10,000 each and taxes covers the other $5,000.  This makes the cost of a Carrara marble bathroom from a local retailer at $35,000 (that is our quick math of how they got to $35K).

Purchased by one of our customers (and you know you can do better on installation and fixtures) would cost in total with labor and fixtures $15,500 (we have assumed you are e-commerce savvy and ordered your fixtures online as well).  Our customers pay half the cost of the traditional sales channels which is (bare with me it is lengthy) quarry or factory to> distributor to> sub-distributor to> retail store to> Contractor to> Consumer (you).  Our strategy is Quarry to> You.  See that, one step!  Savings passed onto you.

So if your home has dropped in value or simply treading water or perhaps you want a MORE THAN FREE BATHROOM (had to bold and italic that comment).  You can order from The Builder Depot and with out help on the product end up paying $15K and adding $35K to the price of your home.  You just earned $20,000.

Carrara Venato Honed Bathroom (12×24″ and 1×3″ Mosaic)

Carrara Venato 12x24" and 1x3" Stacked Brick Honed Mosaic TileCarrara Venato Honed Bathroom using Carrara Venato 12×24″ Honed on the walls and ceiling and Carrara Venato 1×3″ Honed Stacked Brick on the floor

Carrara Venato DogBone Marble Mosaic Tile

Carrara Venato DogBone Basketweave Mosaic TileCarrara Venato DogBone Basketweave 1×2″ Marble Mosaic Tile available in Honed and Polished $11.95SF

Dogbone Basketweave

Carrara Venato DogBone Specifications

Carrara Venato Polished 2″ Octagon Mosaic Tile

Octagon Black Dot BoxPolished Carrara Venato Octagon from

Carrara Venato Octagon Polished 2" Mosaic TileCarrara Venato Polished 2×2″ Octagon Mosaic Tile

Carrara Venato Polished Random Brick Marble Mosaic

Carrara Venato Random Length Brick Mosaic PolishedOur weak effort to capture the polished look with our iPhone.  This new addition to the Venato line is available online for $11.95SF

Venato Random Length Brick MosaicFrom the top the Polished just looks like Honed.  Carrara Venato Random length polished Mosaic Tile $11.95SF.

Carrara Venato Honed Random Brick Marble Mosaic Tile

Carrara Venato Random Brick Marble Mosaic TileIncredible white based product also sometimes called Random length brick mosaic.  Exclusive to

Carrara Venato Random Plank Marble MosaicPremium Carrara Venato Honed Random Brick Marble Mosaic Tile $11.95SF Honed

This spectacular Carrara Venato Honed Random plank marble mosaic is now (as of January 6th 2014) available online.  However due to the length of the strips and the narrow width of some we cannot ship this product UPS ground.  It will have to ship freight.

That creates limitations on ordering.  Minimum order will have to be 85SF.  This can be a mix of product 60SF of 6×12″ Venato or any other size and then 25SF of this mosaic.  That would make the total 85SF.

What we cannot ship is 30SF of this mosaic.  As it will not be feasible to ship it safely UPS ground.  This goes over to the entire diatribe on minimum orders on certain products.  We have a blog on this for the avid reader.

How to Tile a Backsplash – Part 1: Tile Setting

Pretty Handy Girl Guide to TilingWe were contacted by Pretty Handy Girl (PHG) and asked (after reviewing samples online from everyone else) if we would like our product the Venato 3×6″ Subway Tile Honed to be on her blog.  It would be part of a major post on “How to Tile a Backsplash”

We had no control over how she presented the blog or what she had to say about the product.  I (David) sent her some photo’s of the lot prior to shipment (we often do that), she said “great, let’s do it”.  So we shipped the order freight on a pallet (all pretty much standard stuff).  Brittany (the owner of PHG) produced two great video’s and said some really, really nice things.  So nice it sounds like we made her say those things (we did not – promise).

Personally I love the video’s of showing the installation.  Really, really helpful.  So Brittany from all our customers a big thank you! (Video’s below).

She used the Carrara Venato 3×6″ Honed.  It shows you the product, before, during and after installation.  Trying not to be biased but the Carrara Venato collection is a knock out.  It is just a tremendous product not only for the end user but for us as salespeople.  The block selectors overseas are incredible.  No where on earth can you get that Calacatta style white base but with nice gray veining.  Not overly veined just enough.  We actually select it this way.  This is no accident, we specify the amount of veined tiles versus non-veined. (I am saying veining way too much).

So if you want the best and prices that are just incredible take a look online at our ever increasing range of premium marble field tiles, subway tiles and mosaics.  Thank you Pretty Handy Girl.


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