One Room Challenge with Calacatta Gold 1×3″ Herringbone Honed

Calacatta HerringboneCalacatta Gold 1×3″ Herringbone Honed $18.95 a Square Foot and Free Shipping for 2017. Also available in Polished finish.

2016 has been and continues to be one of the best Calacatta Gold years ever. In terms of wines (if this was a wine) it would be a “Vintage Year”. The base is perfect and the amount of veining is just right, not busy but enough to see that it is indeed one of the most prestigious marbles in the world. It does after all adorn the walls of the Vatican.

Calacatta HerringboneIIIt has just the right amount of blanks mixed with color and an incredibly white base.

Calacatta Herringbone 4The kitchen is incredible and the time frame in which it was completed for the One Room Challenge was amazing.

Calacatta Herringbone BoneBefore.

Screen Shot 2017-06-15 at 11.01.39 PMAfter!

Calacatta Herringbone Before 2Before.

Screen Shot 2017-06-15 at 11.02.35 PMAfter! You have to go to restyleitwright.com to see the complete breakdown. Colette will break it down and there are far better pictures than I have here. While the Calacatta Herringbone helps, there is certainly a lot more that goes into creating such an incredible transformation.

Screen Shot 2017-06-15 at 11.08.16 PMCalacatta Gold Herringbone is part of a collection of 34 different Calacatta Gold products (mosaics, field tiles and trims) available online from The Builder Depot. It is the largest collection of Calacatta Gold stocked in the USA. Stocked in the USA so we can take pictures, match lots and ship within 2 business days.

Calacatta Gold in Production

calacatta-productionCalacatta Gold 12×12″ Polished being produced the current price is $16.95 a Sq.Ft.

This lot is clearly not available on the date I am writing this post October 20th 2016 as it is in Italy. But within about 3-4 weeks it will be packed up and in Alpharetta.

It is a challenge getting this specific look. We look for larger bands of veining as opposed to the spidery veining that some blocks of Calacatta Gold can have. Both are appealing just this is a specific look we have decided upon.

In time we will likely stock more than one type of Calacatta Gold so we can cover both veining options. This will go along with the new warehouse facility opening in Spring 2016.

calacatta-12x12-being-madeAnother angle of the Calacatta Gold 12×12″ going through production. Here is a better look at the veining we aim for, wide bands of veining. This is more difficult to find compared to the spider veined Calacatta Gold. Boots on the ground in Italy help us ensure the quality, even if they are yellow ones ūüôā

Calacatta is a very, very tricky product to buy in field tiles. In Calacatta Gold Mosaics it is simple as it is a mix. But tiles are more complex. You can reduce the complexity by over ordering. A premium Calacatta Gold as we see here in production is $60 to $120 a Square Foot through traditional brick and mortar stores.

We are selling it for $16.95 a Square Foot. Given the almost ridiculous price difference I would advise significantly over ordering. Then you have choice. You can create the exact look you want. You may decide to order twice what you need, that would then cost you just under $40.00 a Square Foot. You save a huge amount of money and you have complete control over the product you can choose which tiles make your short list and which do not.

(Please note you cannot go through the tile and then return what you do not want. The objective of a return is for us to re-sell it to another customer. Just as you would not someone else’s rejects please do not make us sell your rejects. Treat people as you would expect to be treated. It is a simple sentence but as a country or even world we seem to have forgotten how important those words are).

*Prices are subject to change at the time of this post this was the price. Calacatta has more price fluctuation than regular Carrara sue to it’s limited availability.

Calacatta Gold is looking really Good!

calacatta-2x4Calacatta 2×4″ Honed just checked the price: $15.95 and Free Shipping (for 2016).

(Please note this picture is a snap shot of a lot from a moment in time. To see what the lot of 2×4″ looks like before it ships…. ask for a picture. Then you avoid any disappointment. Calacatta is a particularly difficult stone with large variations. Do not assume anything. Do not assume a picture taken months ago will be representative of what is shipped today (it maybe that it is exactly like this), but why assume when you have an option to ask for a picture of the current lot?)

This is perfect Calacatta Gold. Not too busy, really white base. You could buy this open a retail shop put it on a display board and charge $50.00 a Square Foot and it would sell.

So many people do not understand the mechanics of the current archaic boutique Stone and Tile distribution process. It has been operating the same way in the USA for over half a decade with the cost of the product rising well above the cost of inflation and yet availability has remained the same, technology of extraction and fabrication have improved.  Have any of these savings been passed onto the consumer? Even in the dire times of 2009? No. Never. Not once! You can see the mountains of Carrara and the Tuscany region from the International Space Station.

So the excuse I hear in emails from retailers saying “real Italian Marble is no longer available” is absolute rubbish! Just go to Google Earth and show them the huge white mountains region of Carrara.

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Carrara Mountains from Space.

195And moving in closer the quarries. So the next time a retailer tells you he cannot get Italian Marble anymore. That is not true. You can get premium ‘C’ grade. You just need to buy a awful lot of it in one go and have people on that side of the world. Which most retailers do not.

Or simply skip them and buy online but use our guide to buy safely. More info.

calacatta-1x1-hexagonHoneda 1″ Hexagon Mosaic Tile $17.95 a Square Foot (and Free Shipping). This product is also available in polished.

*Please excuse the product photography. We do not go to¬†extraordinary lengths to make the product look like something it is not. They are taken with an iPhone in a warehouse. In our opinion it keeps product images real. There is no playing around with lights, photoshop or camera trickery it is simply what you see is what will be shipping. In the case of this customer and order of 95/SF of this Calacatta Gold 1″ Hexagon shipping to LA. No shipping cost and no tax!

Calacatta Gold Hexagon Mosaic

Calacatta Hexagon

Incredible Lot of Calacatta Gold 2″ Hexagon Honed for $16.95 a Square Foot and Free Shipping for 2016 (or until we run out).

We seem to have finally hit the sweet spot in the quarry where it is producing just the right amount of veining and a really, really white based product. This is incredible grade of Calacatta Gold very pleased I know many companies would see this and raise the price. We’ll keep the price the same and let our customers benefit from this product in the same way we are just as happy to receive it ourselves.

This is all part of our Calacatta Gold collection with trims included here.

Calacatta Gold 3×6″ Subway Tile Honed

Calacatta Subway TilePremium 3×6″ Calacatta Gold Subway Tile Honed¬†$15.95SF

June 1st we received in a new crate of 3×6″ Calacatta Gold Subway Tile from Italy. ¬†Here is a few tiles from the box laid out. ¬†It is nice looking not overly busy with a really white base. ¬†Looks great as a kitchen backsplash or in a bathroom. ¬†Either way no one will believe you have genuine Italian stone for just $15.95 a square foot. ¬†That is 8 tiles of finest Italian marble cut from the mountains of Tuscany, then shipped from Alpharetta, GA to your home. ¬†Quite amazing really. ¬†Any questions please let us know sales@thebuilderdepot.com

Calacatta 12×12″ Honed

12x12" Calacatta Marble Tile and 3x6" Honed3×6″ Calacatta Honed ‚Äʬ†12×12″ Calacatta Honed ‚Äʬ†3/4″ Pencil Trim Honed

12x12" Calacatta Honed Marble Tile12×12″ Calacatta Honed $14.95SF

12x12 Calacatta with 3x6Available in polished and honed

On a cold morning in Alpharetta, GA (I know we do not get that many of them so I am not whining) we took these pictures.  The sun was coming up and incredibly bright as it glared into our warehouse.  While we have the shutter doors open, these pictures are not actually taken in the sun but in the shade.  You can see the line of sun in the first picture.

We added some of our 3×6″ Calacatta honed and Calacatta pencil trims honed to the picture to show how well it matches for any bathroom applications. ¬†The price of just $14.95SF is bound to cause some concern and we would be happy to take $50.00SF (like our brick and mortar competitors) if it makes you feel better, but the reality is:

  1. We buy direct, so no supply chain to swallow up margin Рinstead we pass the savings onto you.  You are essentially positioned in the supply chain as a retailer.
  2. We buy volume.  Full containers which 43,000Lbs of marble, the maximum allowed on US highways.  Economies of scale take effect.  Then we pass the savings onto you.
  3. No frills marketing strategy. ¬†It’s not that we like to keep things a secret we just want to avoid the costs associated with telling everyone. ¬†Those “telling everyone” costs can quickly represent 10-20% increase on the product cost. ¬†It would take our $14.95SF 12×12″ Calacatta to $18SF. ¬†Instead we hope the product quality will be so impressive and price so amazing you will tell everyone. ¬†So please, please, please “tell everyone”.

Any questions please let us know sales@thebuilderdepot.com

Calacatta 3×6″ Subway Tile

When installing a small area with Calacatta 3×6″ polished subway tile you need to layout the tile prior to installation. ¬†You can use the white blanks to create a less veined whiter appearance or vice versa. ¬†Here is an example of blanks from a box.

If you remove the heavier veining or add you can end up with a look that is perfect. ¬†This is the difference with Calacatta to Carrara it takes a bit more time to create the design. ¬†It is a puzzle. ¬†The advantage of our Calacatta 3×6″ subway tile is that it costs considerably less. ¬†You can afford to buy an extra 15% and then create the look you want by discarding or adding tiles.

When Calacatta 3×6″ Subway Tile is correctly laid out and installed there is no better marble. ¬†It is one of the most sought after natural stone products in the world. It adorns some of the most exquisite buildings throughout history. ¬†You can see why. It has dramatic and captivating veining along the subtlety of a softer whiter base when compared to its Carrara cousin.