Like a Phoenix from the ashes amazing before and after.

1Stunning bathroom design. Everyone likes a before and after so we’ll save that to Brittany here. There is no doubt that the beautiful framed Hexagon is a show stopper in this master bathroom and just $18.55 a Square Foot along with Free Shipping.

Screen Shot 2019-11-20 at 4.11.46 PMHere is the main product shown on our website and can be found here. There is a collection of them with Gray Boarders. Honed & Polished and Calacatta Marble on our Hexagon page.2Amazing Framed Venato Carrara Hexagon polished (also available in Honed) $18.45 a Square Foot including shipping. You may think…. slippery. No the grout lines are critical here. Difficult to see as they are all exactly 1.5mm each but they had a significant amount of traction, hence the reason for them. Go honed and add a sanded grout and you have a floor that is sufficiently anti-slip that it meats the ADA standards. Other products added our Nero Marquina 2″ Hexagon Honed (which I love as it is not covered in veins like a China black it is a sold marble with some veining). Then we have our 3×6″ white subway Tile along with our 4×16″ White Subway Tile.

BeforeThis is the actual before. I know you probably think I just Googled “world’s ugliest bathroom” and stuck in the picture but nope…. you can see the blog of Pretty Handy Girl this was really the canvas she had to work with here.

Prices are subject to change. Overtime they tend to go up as we have been around for over 15 years our posts can get quite old. We will still be around for another 15+ more (that is the plan). All prices on our blog especially those more than a year old can change. The website has the most up-to-date prices. (We of course will cut every feasible cost to keep our prices low and quality high. Quality is one area we will not compromise).

Nero Marquina. Black is Back!

Screen Shot 2019-08-12 at 4.00.51 PMNero 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.

 

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!!

Incredible white Carrara Venato bathroom and love the Brass Fixtures

Venato Picture 2018

What else can I say or feel other than Wow! This is Carrara Venato as White as Calacatta for a fraction of the cost. Add Brass Fixtures and you have a Five Star penthouse Bathroom (probably better).

Here the customer has used the following products and at 2018 this was the price:

6×12″ Subway Tile Honed on the wall $8.00 a Square Foot

1×3″ Herringbone Honed on the shower pan floor (creates better grip): $12.95 a Square Foot.

4×12″ Subway Tile directly after the Subway Tile: $8.50 a Square Foot.

Bullnose down the edge near the door to finish the gap with a beveled edge $9.95 Each

Very simple just four SKU’s. If I was a betting man, on the other side is most likely a double niche and the background of the niche is 1×3″ Herringbone to co-ordinate nicely. This product was not just laid box to box, some tiles were removed, tiles were dry laid before installing. The perfect look was planned just like on HGTV, it did not just happen this was a professional installation.

 

Amazing Carrara Venato 4×12″ Polished Backsplash

 

Carrara Venato polished Backsplash

The product used in this backsplash is our exclusive Carrara Venato 4×12″ polished for $8.00 a Square Foot (also available in honed), and honed also makes a stunning backsplash as well. Pictured here.

But to get a better understanding of this absolutely stunning (and yes wow!) kitchen you need to take a look at Heather’s website here.

Carrara Venato Backsplash

The Carrara Venato collection if correctly installed, by taking your time and ensuring the veining is well spread out with the mix of blank tiles can create a white backsplash that has no comparison. It is as white as printer paper.

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While just one product is used here the Carrara Venato Collection consists of over sixty products which we match before shipping. We can send pictures before shipping. We do not use a third party warehouse like 90% of everyone else in the industry. We stock our own inventory so we control exactly what is shipped.

That is the only way we can see to be the highest ranked Google Trusted Store in the USA with 4.9 Stars out of 5 Stars. Which can be read here.

Carrara Venato Bathroom. Amazing!!

Carrara Venato

This bathroom kept it simple and that is part of the appeal. Used 6×12″ Honed Subway Tile $8.00/SF along with 1″ Hexagon floor tile $11.25 a Sheet and a 12″ honed Pencil trim. (Price are all subject to change and the website has the true cost).

The 6×12″ was then installed in a classic brick pattern on the wall and then a Herringbone on the floor. I love how well all the different products fit together. All carefully selected to match as if coming from one block.

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An all round stunning bathroom. The white based nature of Carrara Venato as a marble stone is incredible.