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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
Dana and Buck Collins with Bart Bettiga, NTCA Executive Director
2014 Project of the Year
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.
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.
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.
We wanted to share this great article from HGTV.com 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 flooring
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.
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
After: Master Bathroom
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.
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.
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!
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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Don't overlook this simple yet impactful design element...grout.
In anticipation of an upcoming bathroom or kitchen remodeling project many homeowners invest a lot of time choosing materials. Combining flooring, cabinets, countertops, lighting and so forth can be a daunting task. This process can be full of angst and second guessing but once the materials come together and you determine a palette you love the excitement settles in. But, hold on to your tile samples just a minute. Whether installing tile for floors, backsplash or wainscot, picking the correct grout can often times be an afterthought in the design process. Our in-house designer Tracy Sheffield stresses the importance of grout selection to ensure your tile installation is a long-lasting, low maintenance application. So take your time and keep these quick tips from Tracy in mind when choosing grout:
Step 1: Determine whether stain free or cementitious type of grout fits your specific application and your budget. Some homeowners select a cementitious grout over stain free to reduce initial cost but they overlook the long term expense to periodically seal and maintain this type of grout. However, if the material of the tile selected needs to be sealed from time to time then it’s not such an issue to use cementitious grout because maintenance is already required. When selecting a cementitious grout Tracy suggests using a cleaner with a neutral pH and to avoid bleach and ammonia based cleaners because they may strip the sealer. There are also Grout Boost products which can be added to cementitious grout to make it stain free which is beneficial. Choosing a stain free grout may initially be more expensive but in the long run require less time, effort, and cost overall.
Step 2: Consider the manufacturer’s recommended size of the grout joints for the specific application of the material installed. This varies depending on the installation of porcelain, ceramic, glass, metal and other materials. The standard 1/8” grout joint is not always recommended by the manufacturer. If the grout joint is 1/8” or greater then the grout must be sanded to avoid sagging and cracking. This should be discussed with your installer to ensure the correct type of grout is used for the installation.
Step 3: Other points to discuss and resolve with your installer when selecting grout are the environmental factors, water application concerns, and long term low maintenance. Be sure to consider the effects of natural elements on the grout with exterior installations. Change in seasons (freeze-thaw cycles) and temperature should be thought through. There are also certain types of grout specific to water applications including fountains or pool areas. There are many grout options with urethane or epoxy technologies which address these concerns. Be sure that regardless of the installation objective to opt for a grout that is low maintenance and works within your budget considering both up front and backend costs.
Step 4: Select a grout color based on your personal preference. Grout should highlight the beauty of the tile itself and typically “disappears” when looking at the overall application. Choose a more neutral colored grout for greater focus on the tile products. By using a grout color which blends with the tile, the overall surface will appear seamless. Grout color can also be a design element which creates contrast. To enhance your design and create dimension to the tile work, choose a darker or lighter contrasting shade of grout. This can make the tile itself really pop. Consider the visual pattern you are creating with tile and grout combination you choose. Be sure to think this through in order to achieve the overall look you are aiming towards.
By using a contrasting lighter grout with the large, dark tile on the tub's retaining wall, it creates a place of interest and elevates the overall design of the bathroom pictured below.