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Minimalist, Zen-Inspired Master Bathroom | Burke, VA


Bathroom Remodeling Burke VA



This simple, sleek bathroom design blends both traditional and minimalist aesthetics creating a contemporary master bathroom.  The design of this bathroom remodel in Burke, VA establishes a tranquil, zen-inspired atmosphere infusing both linear lines and soft curves. 

The postminimalist style of this bathroom is anchored by the sleek freestanding Optik tub by MAAX.  The deep tub features both an inclined backrest and inset armrest providing simple style for homeowners as they enjoy and relax in comfort.  This Optik tub is enveloped by the striking porcelain tile flooring and wainscot which are both from the Daltile Meta Fusion Series. 

Just as inviting and eye catching is the beautifully designed shower with clean lines and similar minimalist character.  The shower walls are comprised of Identity Series 8” x 20” tile on a straight pattern with a 6” horizontal band of Custom Karma 3 Color ¾” x ¾” blend Trend glass accent tile set at eye level.  The glass accent tile is repeated at the vanity backsplash.  The shower mud pan is comprised of Cepac Tile Series 9/16” x 9/16” tile set on a straight pattern. 

Cambria Quartz Hollinsbrook was incorporated for the hard surfaces as a perfect complement to the tile selection and remaining finishes throughout this master bathroom.  It is found at the vanity countertop, the cap on the knee wall and again at the shower curb and recessed niche shelf.  This restrained, clean bathroom design induces a calm and peaceful ambiance for homeowners to relish.


Optik Freestanding Tub by MAAX

Bath Remodeling Project In Burke Virginia


Frameless shower enclosure with 8" x 20" tile and 6" horizontal accent band

Master Bathroom Remodel in Burke VA


6" horizontal band of Custom Karma 2 color blend backsplash and Meta Fusion Series 16" x 16" floor tile

Bathroom Remodel


Contact Collins Tile and Stone today at (703) 965-2090 to discuss your needs for batroom remodeling in Burke VA or surroundng areas.

Sea Glass Mosaic Tile Creates Coastal Cottage Bathroom

McLean Virginia Bathroom Remodel

Many of us enjoy the calmness and tranquility of a coastal escape near sandy beaches and blue water.  How do homeowners create their own seaside retreat at home year round?  Design your next bathroom remodel like the one we installed for our client in McLean, Virginia.  The style of this master bathroom is reminiscent of a beach house retreat with details drenched in creamy white tones and aquamarine accents starting with the cabinetry to the granite and finally the exquisite tile designs throughout.  The aquamarine sea glass mosaic tile used for the shower liner, niche and mudpan mimics the colors of the sea.  The fresh white granite is strategically repeated on the countertops, shower bench, knee wall, shower curb and niche shelf which also ties the bathroom together.  This beautifully designed bathroom remodel allows the homeowner to experience the aura of a coastal getaway at home.  We hope this design inspires you on your next bathroom remodel. 


Bathroom Remodeling in McLean VA

Coastal Keystones Tradewind Blend, 1" x 1" glass/porcelain mosaics edged above and below Cristallo Aquamarine glass stencils, within niche and mudpan.  White Ice granite installed on all solid surfaces including vanity countertops, door threshold, shower bench, curb, knee wall and niche shelf.

sea glass porcelain mosaic shower liner
Diamante Bianco 12" x 12" polished porcelain, at bottom shower wall section four tiles high, set on a brick-joint 50% offset pattern.  Upper section of shower walls set on a diagonal pattern to ceiling.  This same 12" x 12" tile in unpolished porcelain is set on a diamond pattern throughout the bathroom floor.

sea glass mosaic tile, shower bench

To learn more about our services including bathroom remodeling in McLean, Virginia and surrounding areas, contact us today at (703) 965-2090.



May 2014, Collins Tile and Stone received top honors, winning the NTCA Five-Star Grand Prize for Residential Tile Installation at the 25th annual international trade show "Coverings" in Las Vegas.  Collins Tile and Stone exemplified superior craftsmanship and technical expertise through the installation of a meticulous tile scheme using the highest grade Italian carrara marble in a McLean, Virignia master bathroom renovation.

Continue to read more of the Press Release here.

2014 Residential Project of the Year for Technical Expertise


2014 Residential Project of the Year for Technical Expertise

We are excited to share that we have been honored as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 Residential Project of the Year Award for Technical Expertise by the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA).  This distinguished award was presented at the 2014 Coverings Show in Las Vegas, Nevada where tile and stone industry leaders meet annually.  We are proud of our team for this accomplishment and grateful to be acknowledged amongst our peers for extraordinary craftsmanship and technical expertise for tile and stone installation in a residential project.  


NTCA Awards 2014 Dana and Buck Plaque resized 600

Dana and Buck Collins with Bart Bettiga, NTCA Executive Director


2014 Project of the Year

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Italian carrara marble at its finest in this beautiful, luxurious master bathroom

The master bathroom remodeling project at this home in McLean, Virginia began with a vision of luxury and indulgence using the finest materials.  After working with a tile designer, they selected the highest grade Italian carrara marble to create a beautiful master bath draped in meticulous tile schemes.

The project commenced with complete demolition of the existing bathroom.  Then based on a custom design provided by Daltile, Collins Tile and Stone began the laborious process of installing each component to this challenging design.  Every nuance of this bathroom remodel required keen attention to detail which included rebuilding the shower and large soaking tub using premium Italian Carrara polished marble which were fabricated on-site and hand-polished.  All tile was back-buttered, an industry best practice, and a technique used on every installation we perform.  Back buttering ensures we meet industry standards for proper mortar coverage.  All tile is set using Laticrete premium 4XLT.  This product is a high performance setting material that features over 600 psi of shear bond strength.  Prior to grouting and installing movement joints, all stone is sealed using Aqua Mix Sealer’s Choice Gold.  Then we apply Laticrete PermaColor Silver Shadow which is a high performance grout that is efflorescence free and sealed using the same Aqua Mix Sealer’s Choice Gold. 

Shower Design


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The shower wall tiles consisted of 6” x 12” off-set premium Italian Carrara polished tile.  A custom 48” x 36” mural designed using 3/8” x 5/8” mini-brick Azul Macauba mosaics in the center set within a Carrara polished pencil, with a 4” Azul Blue Italian Carrara with Azul Macauba dots basketweave frame, finished with a 1.97” x 12” Italian Carrara polished traditional chair rail.

The mudpan consists of Carrara basketweave with 4” Carrara marble perimeter cut from 12” x 12”.  The shower seat was installed using Carrara polished 12” x 12” tile, with 3” Carrara Blue Azul basketweave liner finished with 1.97” x 12” Carrara polished traditional chair rail.

The shower enclosure was a frameless 3/8” Shower Guard glass and features polished chrome hardware.   The frameless shower enclosure was installed by Fred Waning of American Screen and Glass.

Soaking Tub


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The soaking tub was rebuilt using a Carrara polished marble top.  The vertical surface consisted of a 3.88” x 12” Carrara base, with 3/8” x 5/8” mini-brick mosaics in Azul Macauba Carrara, with a 1.97” x 12” Carrara polished traditional Chair Rail.  The tub is flanked by Thomas Somerville vanities.


The bathroom wainscot consisted of a 3.88” x 12” Carrara polished traditional base, 6” x 12” offset Carrara polished tile, lined with Azul Blue Italian Carrara with Azul Macauba dots basketweave and finished using 12” Carrara polished pencil.

Heated Flooring System

The exquisite details of the flooring tile design in this large bathroom consisted of premium Italian Carrara basketweave in Azul Blue with Azul Macauba dots, lined with 5 rows of 3/8” x 5/8” mini-brick mosaics in Azul Blue Carrara, with an outside perimeter border consisting of 6” x 12” Carrara polished tile.  The intricate tile layout in this large master bathroom required extraordinary precision and delicate expert installation.  A beautiful and luxurious heated flooring system by Laticrete was an integral part of the design. 

The homeowners spared no expense in creating a stunning master bath using premium Italian marble and quality materials.  The elaborate details and meticulous tile design create a caliber of work unmatched in most residential renovations.

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HGTV Article on Current Bathroom Tile Trends


We wanted to share this great article from because it highlights some of the most trendsetting tile materials for bathroom remodeling. This may help you determine your tile selection before turning to experts like us to remodel your next bathroom or kitchen.  Which is your favorite tile?   Share your thoughts with us.  Below, we've shared one of our bathroom remodeling projects featuring faux hardwood tile flooring.  It adds depth and warmth to this beautiful bathroom comprised of mostly cool color tones.  Love the look of hardwood flooring in a bathroom with no concern for water damage and providing plenty of durability.


faux hardwood tile floor installation

Faux hardwood tile flooring

Tile Trends from Across the Pond

I wanted to share this article with you because there are so many innovative and new ideas for tile design and installation. Not only are there many interesting tile options available in various shapes but they also mimic alternative materials such as reclaimed wood planks or natural stone.  What takes tile application to another creative level is the installation of tile on other surfaces outside of the bathroom and kitchen.  Genius.  Be forewarned.  It requires thinking outside of the box.  Although don't most remodeling projects require a certain degree of visionary thinking at conception?  Every remodel starts with a vision or idea....close your eyes and what do you see?  This article provides new tile concepts to ponder.

Master Bathroom Renovation in Vienna, Virginia


A picture really is worth a 1,000 words...good thing because these pictures may leave you speechless.  Look at these striking before and after pictures of a master bathroom we renovated in Vienna, Virginia. This renovation erased decades from this bathroom and created a functional yet warm space for the homeowners.

Before:  Master Bathroom

master bathroom remodeling


After:  Master Bathroom

Custom Bathroom Renovation


Let's get technical here...

This was an older single family home in the beautiful town of Vienna, Virginia.  The family had a very narrow master bath, with a large drafty window.  Their vision was to brighten and widen the space to create a spa-like master bath with more usable space.

The biggest challenge was figuring out how to widen the space when dealing with an exterior wall. The entire bathroom had to be reconfigured. We removed the exterior window and replaced it with new framing and exterior sheathing, then insulated, and finally installed new drywall.  Another space saver was the installation of a pocket door.

bathroon renovation

The rest of the bathroom had to be completely gutted.  New plumbing was added for the additional vanity sink.  The toilet flange and shower drain had to be relocated as well.

We installed a presloped pan over plywood substrate and bonded it to the plywood subfloor using Laticrete 254 Platinum and a PVC 40 shower liner above. We then constructed a mud pan using Laticrete 209 mud mix.

The newly widened and reconfigured bath walls were built with ½” durock. The durock within the shower was waterproofed using Laticrete Hydro Ban liquid waterproofing membrane.

The tile was supplied by Mosaic Tile Company.  All tile was back-buttered to industry standards and set using Laticrete 4XLT.  The shower walls were installed using a beautiful 12" x 24" Travertini polished tile. We added a 16" x 16" x 20" Noble convex corner seat. Face tiles consisted of 9/16" x 9/16" Noce Slate Rustica Mini Mosaics and a 6” Botticino marble threshold was installed atop of the curb. The new shower was enclosed with frameless glass.

Shower walls were grouted with TEC 911 Parchment, the shower pan and main floor were grouted with TEC 982, Summer Wheat.

New trim, faucets, a toilet, wall sconces, a mirror and new vanity were all part of the finishing touches.

The homeowners now have a spacious, gorgeous new master bathroom they will enjoy for years to come.


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Kitchen or Bathroom Remodeling in 2014


Wishing you a safe and healthy 2014 from Collins Tile and Stone!

Thank you for making this last year a great one for Collins Tile and Stone!  We appreciate our customers and are thrilled with the opportunities we've had to come into their homes to help create a space they love to live in!

What are your plans for home improvements this year?  Thinking about renovating your bathroom with a new frameless shower or adding backsplash and new tile flooring to your kitchen?  The possibilities are endless and our in-house designer Tracy Sheffield has the experience and know-how to design your custom remodeling project and our expert tile installers will make it happen with quality craftsmanship and excellent customer service.  Let's chat about it! 


Design Consultation with Tracy







Proud Recipient of the Angie's List 2013 Super Service Award


Angie's List 2013 Super Service Award


Previously earned in 2012, 2011, 2010


Angie's List Press Release:


Collins Tile and Stone Earns Esteemed 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service


Collins Tile and Stone has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013.

Founder and President of Collins Tile and Stone, Buck Collins, shares, “We are proud to receive this distinguished award and to be recognized a fourth year in a row by Angie’s List.  We will continue to provide all of our clients with the highest quality craftsmanship and customer service they have come to expect from Collins Tile and Stone. Through ongoing industry education and training, our employees are the best in the field, making this achievement possible.  We are grateful for their dedication and the value each team member brings to every project.  We thank our customers for trusting us with their tile and remodeling needs.”

“Only about 5 percent of the companies Collins Tile and Stone competes with in Northern Virginia are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.”

 Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

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