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).

Love this 3×6″ Subway Tile Backsplash Installation

Carrara Venato Subway Tile

Create this whiter based looked with our Carrara Venato 3×6″ Subway Tile for $7.00 a Square Foot. Installed in a Herringbone format not the typical 3×6″ install but looks great.

Carrara Venato Bathroom – Customer Pictures

Carrara Venato Shower

In the shower they chose Carrara Venato 3×6″ Honed for the walls with a 1×2″ Herringbone Picture frame (we have a choice of 24 Herringbone mosaics) around the shower unit using a 1×2″ Herringbone Honed inside that bordered with pencils.  A great look, nice and simple so elegant. With the 3×6″ costing just $7.00SF and the Herringbone $11.45SF and Pencil $9.95 Each the Venato collection with over 200 different products has something for everyone.  The trick with marble is what you are looking for and making sure before anything ships to you that the image you have in your mind matches what we are sending.  As we cannot read your mind – this is where we need to work together!

Let us help you. Include us in your plan, your look. We are here to help. If you are 100% OCD and nothing can be wrong “ever” then marble is probably not for you as every single tile has different veining and I would recommend a retailer that can Water Jet cut and pick through tiles to your specification (be prepared to part with $200 a Square Foot).  If you are 40% OCD and want a very specific look and people do this.  Then over order and pick through or email us.  Then we can discuss the costs involved in meeting your standards.  Some people are so specific, one customer for example needed 3,000SF of Nero Marquina, it needed white veining with no more than two white veins per tile and no thicker than 2mm.  We did it, but it was hugely expensive.  As you know, anything can be purchased, you can have any car you want, you just have to pay for it.

If you are like the rest of us and know that a Carrara bathroom can add $30,000 in equity to your home and yes, buying direct can save a fortune then you have found the right place.  We own the rights to this quarry, it is our product, it is exclusive trademarked brand and even then we do not mark it up like a regular company.  We keep the cost low.  We work with a no frills marketing strategy (so iPhone images and no marketing budget, word of mouth growth).  Operating on the lowest cost possible, (examining if anything can be improved all the time), investing everything into the quality of the product and keeping the price down.  We do this to the extreme, an example of this is our Brilliant Glass tile line, we do not even pay with terms (like everyone else), we pay with cash to keep the price as low as possible.  Cash is a great way to work it always ensures you are very well looked after.  As most businesses always need cash!  It also means you are not a debt risk to suppliers, you are therefore provided a better price, quicker shipping and better quality. This is then passed onto our customers. I know….. no debt, it is a strange concept (in a world of debt) but it is one of the ways we make this business work so well.  More of how we can do what we do is on our page of FAQ’s. #3 attempts to address the economics in more detail.

Carrara Venato 3x3 Hexagon

Not quite finished yet: Carrara Venato 3″ Hexagon Honed $11.75 a Square Foot used on this shower floor, customer order 16 sheets for this size area.  Always order 20% more, sometimes people order 30%, it depends what look you are trying to create.  Some customers take out Hexagon pieces and replace them.  Lay it out before installing. Create the perfect picture.  Then when finished please email us a picture.  All we see are boxes 😦

Except on this occasion so Yay! 🙂

Carrara Venato Subway Tile

Carrara Venato TileThese incredible pictures are from Koko Likes Blog post ‘The Kitchen Remodel: Final Reveal‘ the backsplash used our Carrara Venato 3×6″ Subway Marble Tile only $7.00SF (but like anyone that wants an incredible look, over order by 20% then you can discard tiles that do not fit the look you are trying to create)

Venato 3x6Carrara Venato Collection (probably the whitest based Carrara in the world).  See this backsplash being created on Koko Likes Blog. Please note when you see the perfect shower or bathroom in a magazine and think “I want that” and you need 90/SF, do not order 90/SF. To get the perfect look people over order and do so significantly.  They throw tiles away, they pick through, they lay it out prior to install.  They create a picture a master piece.

Carrara Venato 3×6″ Subway Tile Honed – Only $7SF

Venato 3x6Current lot of impressive looking 3×6″ Carrara Venato Honed Subway Tile ($7.00SF – 8 tiles)

Carrara Venato Shower with Dogbone Basketweave

Carrara Venato Shower with 3x6" Tile and Dogbone Basketweave MosaicCarrara Venato Dogbone Basketweave Mosaic $12.95SF and Venato 3×6″ Honed Subway Tile $7.00SF

An almost completed Carrara Venato shower.  The Dogbone mosaic looks great and the 3×6″ is perfect.  What we like about the Venato collection is the number of blank 3×6″ tiles mixed in with the veined tiles.  It creates a whiter look, couple that with the almost Calacatta white base and you have an incredible looking marble for a fraction of the cost of a traditional Tile and Stone retailer.

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.