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).

Carrara Venato Collection Sample Board

Carrara Venato Tile Display Board
Carrara Venato 6×12″ Subway Tile • Carrara Venato Arabesque $16.95SF • Carrara Venato Basketweave Mosaic $10.95SF and Free Shipping (prices valid thru 2015)

2VenatoCarrara Venato 3×6″ Honed Subway Tile only $7.00SF and 4×12″ Subway Tile in Honed $8.00SF along with Venato Basketweave 1×2″ Mosaic Tile $10.95SF and Free Shipping

We have some monster sample boards in our warehouse.  These boards are 7FT tall and 3FT wide.  The idea is to show how the Venato collection as you can see in any of our customers pictures really, really goes well together in many formats.  It is a consistent base product perfect for customers looking to use multiple products in a bathroom.  If you would like to see more pictures please let us know.

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.

For a Whiter Bathroom Look consider our Carrara Venato Collection

Carrara Venato White BathroomTo create this look consider using our Venato 1″ Hexagon Honed $10.95SF and Venato 3×6″ Honed Subway Tile $7.00SF

Carrara Venato White Tile BathroomYou can see how white the subway tile honed has fewer veins on the tiles and some are actual blank tiles mixed in.  This is what creates a whiter appearance.  Blanks mixed in with the boxes is no accident.

Carrara Venato Subway TileAbove is a picture of our subway 4×8” honed tile laid out in our warehouse (pic taken with just a cell phone) some tiles have veining and some are just blank.  This creates a whiter look and of course a superb white base helps 🙂

1x1" Hexagon Marble MosaicCarrara 1″ Hexagon used on the bathroom floor above. The Venato 1″ Hexagon $10.95SF will give you the same whiter look.

Carrara Venato Dogbone Basketweave MosaicIt does not matter which mosaic you select from the Venato collection.  The Venato Carrara marble collection is consistently whiter based marble to that of traditional Carrara tile.  This mosaic above is our Dogbone Carrara Venato $12.95 a square foot.

Carrara Venato 3x3" Hexagon HonedAbove is our Venato 3×3″ Hexagon Mosaic Tile $11.75SF again incredible white base, perfect for a whiter look bathroom.

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.

Premium Honed Venato 3×6 Subway Tile

Venato 3x6A new shipment of Venato 3×6″ Honed Subway Tile arrived Sept 1st 2013.  Pictures taken in our warehouse with just an iPhone.

Venato 3x6 Subway TileOnce again our block selectors and purveyors of premium white marble have succeeded again.

3x6 Subway TileOnly the very whitest based tile fits into the Venato collection.

With new shipments arriving almost daily it amazes me (us that work in the warehouse) how our European colleagues have managed to keep the consistency of Venato Carrara so perfect.  Anyone with any experience in natural stone knows how much of a challenge it it to keep collections similar in base, texture and veining.  I think what sets us apart from the rest is actually having an operation and in Europe.  This allows us to respond faster, make better decisions and with the time difference not being an issue just better dialogue.

All this translates into this.  What we receive months later as perfect Carrara Venato Subway Tiles in 12×24″, 3×6″, 2×4″, and 6×12″.  We will continue to expand the range offering more variation in sizes allowing designers and enthusiastic home owners even more design options than ever before.

These pictures were just taken on a Thursday morning, opened a few boxes of 3×6″ Venato, laid them on the warehouse floor mat (before 7:30am and the sun was too bright) and took a few snaps with an iPhone.  No camera trickery – just simple pics we can then email to our list of contractors and designers.  Any interest in this particular lot please reference ‘C15 Sept 12’ when emailing

Carrara Venato Bathroom Before and After Pictures

Screen Shot 2013-05-25 at 7.34.40 PMStandard Builder Beige 😦

Venato BathroomOur Carrara Venato 3×6″ Subway Tile Honed (still only $7.00SF)

The marble used in the bathroom is a honed finish

Venato Bathroom2Our Carrara Venato 1″ Hexagon Mosaic Honed ($10.95SF)

A big thank you to Rebekah from Wild Ink Press for publishing these pictures on her blog and then a guest post on Brooklyn Limestone.  We love the before and after pictures.  It is an incredible bathroom.

I think our visitors will enjoy seeing the before and after pictures as well.  You can see her mood board here.  Then look at the before pictures here.  Then reveal post on Brooklyn Limestone.

From our side we were not aware the marble shipped was going to be so well covered.  It was a complete surprise to us when we came across the photographs.  The bathroom used Carrara Venato 3×6″, Carrara Venato Hexagon 1″, Carrara Venato Pencil and Chair rail all honed.

To get a quote on this product or any other product, simply enter the amount you need into the shopping cart and click “checkout” the system will then (after you have entered your address) provide you a product and shipping quote.  Any questions please let us know

Hungry for more Before and After Room Scenes, try this one of a backsplash in Venato and Bianco or just get into pictures of room scenes here.

Venato 3x6 Tile

Not the best. But it is just an iPhone image of the Venato 3×6″ for $7.00SF how it looks and how well it goes with the trims. Here it shows honed pencils $9.99EA.