Carrara Venato Shower. Simple and Stunning (rather envious).

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December 1st already. Where did 2016 go. Last night I had to ask my wife is this 2015? What year is this….  I just had a complete mind block. But that really means 2017 is in less than one month!

Carrara Venato has been exceptional quality this year and as we have already bought a years stock for 2017 we know it will be great next year. Carrara Venato has the ability to mix mosaics, field tiles and trims perfectly. It is pre-sorted to a set standard displayed on huge 10FT x 6FT board, they simply match the tiles to the standard and it has to be in the range by 5-10%.

In this picture we have Carrara Venato 3×6″ Subway Tile for $7.00 a Square Foot along with Venato Herringbone 1×2″ Honed $11.45 a Sq.Ft. and the pencil trim $9.95 each all honed.

Carrara Venato is a Trademarked Brand only sold by The Builder Depot. It cannot be purchased elsewhere. You maybe able to find a Herringbone for less. But look at it, it will be darker, it maybe thinner (not 3/8″) it will have rows or columns removed not making it a full square foot. There are tricks the industry uses to lower prices. We do not. Why trick people. We have a perfect marble at an incredible price and we are the nations only Google Trusted Store!

Carrara Venato Bathroom

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Carrara Venato Hexagon Floor Tile

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The Venato Hexagon Honed used in the shower with 3×6″ to border and 6×12″ Honed on the walls.

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The Venato Hexagon is a spectacular tile and such an incredibly white based marble.

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Hopefully these pictures are good enough quality to use.  We are absolutely thrilled with the end result!

 Here’s the scoop on this bathroom.

This was a $35k upscale custom bath designed solely by us.  It is a timeless design thanks, in great part, to the marble.

We laid out all the tile for the shower walls and floor border.  (See pics below) Our tile guy loved that we did that.  (I *may* be a little bit of a control freak.)

Fixtures are all Kohler, floor is heated, towel bar is heated….it’s Massachusetts, after all!

The Venato Carrara tiles blended *stunningly* with the “Calcata Luccicoso” counters and tub surround.  Pictures don’t do it justice:)

We read every instruction and tip you gave on your web site and followed them all to the letter.  ***Things couldn’t have gone any more smoothly!***

We hired a tile guy that was *well versed* in marble installs.  He was floored (pardon the pun) by the quality of the marble tiles.  He is no longer skeptical and has referred clients to your site!  I can’t emphasize enough how his exemplary skill impacted the outcome of this job!

Carrara Marble Mosaic and Tiles

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$7.00 a Sq.Ft. 3×6″ and $10.95 a Sq.Ft. Black Dot (Nero Marquina) Basketweave Mosaic (this sample board is all honed but also available in Polished).

This sample board we have for our new warehouse is over 10FT tall. It shows as many of the combinations of Venato Carrara from 3×6″ to Arabesque to trims to field tiles as we could. The idea is to show that this collection can be mixed.

You can switch and mix it up from 6×12″ add a pencil and then put in 3×6″ with a mosaic border.

Carrara Venato 4×12″ Subway Tile

Venato 4x12 and 1x3Carrara Venato 4×12″ Honed Subway Tile for $8.00 a Square Foot thru 2016.

venato 4x12 and 1x3 room sceneCarrara Venato Honed 4×12″ for $8.00 Square Foot • Carrara Venato 1×3″ Herringbone Honed Mosaic Tile

Carrara Venato 4x12 PolishedComing out of the shower customer created a double vanity using Carrara Venato 4×12″ Polished Subway Tile.

What can we say or comment. Very little. The installation is incredible. They have taken their time, blended the veining to insure that their are no “clumps” of Gray veining or white blocks. The tile has been well mixed and carefully selected. With the consumer giving the installer a range of tiles considered acceptable. The rest discarded. Over ordered by 20% to create a HGTV bathroom.

In short that is the trick. A bit of hands on at the start. Only “YOU”. Only you know the look “YOU” want. With one hundred and fifty square feet of tile you could create multiple looks. You should design and layout a small section, perhaps five square feet on the floor and then communicate talk to the installer about the design and flow of the veining. If you have paid for a qualified person he would do all of this before installing. He would ask questions like “How do you want the veining to flow?” If he is not asking this, I recommend reviewing his reviews and looking into his work more carefully. He maybe a wonderful tile contractor. Absolutely the best. But this maybe his first natural stone install. You do not want to be this guys learning project.  Your bathroom is not his school of learning.

Shower and Bathroom. Bianco and Venato.

Hexagon BardiglioThis is a great mix of Carrara Venato 3×6″ Subway Tile on the wall (which is currently $7.00 a Square Foot) then Bianco Carrara Hexagon with Bardiglio edge for the flooring. They have then edged that with our 1×12″ Bardiglio Border and edged again with the 3×6″ Venato.

Bianco with Gray Strips BasketweaveSame home following the look through they have used again the Bardiglio striped Bianco Honed 2″ Hexagon Mosaic.

Carrara Bianco Bardiglio Strip 2" Hexagon Polished Marble MosaicThis is what make has made The Builder Depot unique from any other online company or even retailer. We can take pictures of the product, our product (the product that will be packed and shipped to you, it is a huge level of control in an industry that really has none).

This is product that we stock. This is not stocked in a 3rd party warehouse while the person you speak to on the phone is 600 miles away sat on the 32 Floor of some “tech” building and has never seen the product or worse they are not even in the USA.

The people on the phone at The Builder Depot can open the door while on the phone with you and find the product and discuss it with you. Take pictures and send them on. Match up with other sizes. All of this impossible task for big boxes or any other online retailer or Tile and Stone retailer as they just have 2-3 year old concept boards to work off.

“This is one of the main reasons we are able to be a Google Trusted Store and so many competitors or companies in the similar remodeling industry cannot”. Comments David Shearn. “The ability to see the product you are selling everyday should not be underestimated in the results it drives through customer satisfaction.” he adds “How can a person in a cubicle hundreds of miles away sell a natural product or a product that they cannot physically check. You must reduce the distance from customer service to the actual product”. Companies already know this and that is why they refuse to have unbiased reviews on their website. “If you are nothing but a broker you are doomed to follow the same results as all the brokers that have come before you. Irrespective of how much Venture Capitalists, what you to “IPO” so they can “cash out”.

At The Builder Ddepot we “know” what we are shipping. The majority of online companies are “Brokers” or as they do not like that name they call it “Marketplace” but it is a Broker. You buy from their website, they add 20-30-40-60% and then ship direct from the factory or 3rd party warehouse. Chaos. Absolute Chaos. Tried it before many years ago.

Unless you have the product and the people all in the same facility results like this are incredibly challenging to achieve. With their customers paying the price.

For us. We keep it all close. Everything is here. So we can check it off, sign off, double check. Make sure the 3×6″ goes with the 6×12″ and the pencil that you plan to put in-between matches. We can do all this because our customers communicate and we are working with the product every day.

Honed and PolishedHere is the product on the Bianco Carrara Collection page, one of 70-80 different products. The largest collection of white marble in the USA, stocked and ready to ship. No third party. Just premium products warehoused with over 2.5m square feet in Alpharetta, GA. People ask “Why not add a warehouse on the West Coast”. We have been down this road before. The further the product gets from the people you speak to on the phone the less control they have over the quality and knowledge of what they are doing.

It is imperative (and other companies can find this out the hard way) that the person with whom you are speaking to about your order, can physically see and touch your order. Can mark the crate as “Sold belongs to Remodelers, Inc.”. That pictures can be traded.

Honed Hexagon Bardiglio StripHere it is on the product page. Price is subject to change but currently for 2016 it is $12.95 a Square Foot. (I cannot find any company that competes with this price at ‘C’ grade Italian Marble).

Mixing Venato and Bianco

Venato 12x24%22 along with Bianco Long Octagon and Bardiglio Strips

A great idea and design. This is Carrara Venato 12×124″ which is $9.95 a Square Foot, but not wanting it to be too slippery in a bathroom they inserted and added the Diamond Long Octagon Honed Mosaic $12.75 a Square Foot with a 1×12″ Bardiglio Border strip.

Carrara Venato as it is installed!

Here is a real opportunity to see the process at work by a qualified MIA installer. In case you are reading this years later it is around May 11th 2016 and the installers Facebook Page showing the progress is here.

Usually we only get pictures of complete jobs put this installer is not only a highly qualified and skilled Marble installer (the type you want to hire hint, hint) but also good with Facebook and Instagram.

In case anyone is wondering that is Carrara Venato 2″ Hexagon $11.75 a Square Foot • Carrara Venato 3×6″ Subway Tile $7.00 a Square Foot • Carrara Venato 6×12″ Subway Tile • along with some matching trims and pieces from the collection of over 80 choices. The Carrara Venato Collection.