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February 24, 2012

These folks wanted to turn there dilapidated tub/shower into a beautiful shower stall.. here are some photos…ImageImage Start of the tearout process… after we removed all the tile we then cut the tub in half and removed it also!



After “hotmop” waterproofing the shower pan, lathing and scratching the walls we floated all the walls to prepare for tile install…


The homeowner decided they wanted to add a corner seat after the tile had been started, so we built it our of cinderblock.


The wall tile was a 12″x 24″ travertine set on a brick pattern. the shower floor was a 5/8′ sheet mounted tumbled travertine with a border of marble. The main floor was the same marble that we used to create the border on the shower floor. also for added color we used the same 5/8′ sheet mounted travertine only polished in the back of the shampoo niche…


We also tiled the top of the seat to flow with the shower floor.




Yes, we do glass block very well thank you….

February 1, 2012

On a recent job a General contractor asked “do you do glass block”, the answer was “yes, we do glass block”… One unique thing about this glass block job was at the base of the block where it meets the dam it was installed “flush”.

Which means where the dam meets block the dam is typically at least 1 inch wider creating a ledge on both sides. The General contractor and I took painstaking measures to prep the dam to come out flush with the block (the same thickness) this created a very awesome look and it is the first time I have done it this way..


Here are a few pics.

The wall tile of the shower was a 12″x24″ porcelain set on a vertical linear pattern

The block was 8″x8″ clear glass with Customs Linen grout to match the grout of the shower. The shower floor was a sheet mounted rock.

This is the exterior view…and a good shot of the “flush” block to dam transition…

This pick really shows how the the block is flush with the dam…

The main bath floor was done in a 16″ Limestone….

Black granite decks 300 feet up…..

October 3, 2011

These decks were done in a Absolute Black granite from Arizona Tile. The jobsite was at the top of the Blair House building in the Wilshire district of Los Angeles. They were the decks off the Master and secondary bedrooms of a 4000 sqft penthouse on the 29th floor.

First we removed the existing epoxy pebble-tec coating, then we waterproofed with Red Guard.

We took 12″ tiles and cut them to 6″ to accommodate the pitch to the drains, then installed them on a diagonal.

It was grouted with Customs Charcoal black non-sanded grout, and all edges caulked in with silicone sealant.

Viola’…. A beautiful black granite deck!

Sometimes a “do it yourself”, “just doesn’t cut it”…..

June 6, 2011

Here is a tub/shower I installed for a client in San Clemente, Ca.

The Homeowner had previously tried the installation himself, but found out the difficulty level was beyond his level.

When I arrived to give an estimate the homeowner had installed Duroc tile board (never recommended by me) and made a valiant attempt at setting 12″x24″ stone on a brick pattern… unfortunately it looked horrible, and he knew it that’s why he called me.

After explaining that the tile and backer board needed to be removed, he agreed to do the tear out and I would come back and do a proper install.

After I lathed, scratch coated and floated the walls with cement…I started the install, which you see here.

The tile was a 12″x24″ natural stone set on a brick pattern.

The grout color was selected and installed!

A small soap niche was tiled into the right side wall large enough to hold a bar of soap and a couple small bottles of shampoo…

The last step was to install the ceiling tiles and the glass doors, which were done by Jones Glass of Oceanside, Ca.

And Voila’!!  A new shower…..

P.S. sorry for the poor quality pics, I took them with my Iphone…:)

24″ tile in a shower? on a countertop? I say “Heck yes!”….part 2.

May 18, 2011

Here are a few more pics from the same job…The job General contractor was Casa Verde Homes of San Clemente, Ca. They are a full service company, click on the link check ’em out!

There are before and after pics to really show off what was done!

24″ tile in a shower? on a countertop? I say “Heck yes!”….

April 21, 2011

I often get asked if you can put large tile in a shower… Most people have the mindset that only smaller tiles will work. I say GO BIG! I love the look of more surface area and less grout joints…

Here is a prime example of that, this is a shower done in a 24″ porcelain..

I also did a countertop in the same material….The homeowners were looking for a “slab” look without the hight cost. Here is what I came up with..

The sinks were “tiled in” for ease of  cleaning and to retain a “slab” look….

A nice little spash was done around the Bathtub to tie the whole bath together. The 24″ tiles were cut with the deco inserted in the middle to create a 17″ high tub surround…

Who is Athos Bulcão?

April 3, 2011

An interesting tid-bit scalped from a great site I stumbled upon…

This is a look at some beautiful tile work that took place in Brazil just after the mid 50′s. During this time a new leader takes over the Brazilian presidency and promises to modernize Brazil’s economy. Now, imagine that he actually sets about to memorialize his revolution with a new country capital lead by the collective artistic endeavors of Lucio Costas, Le Corbusier and Oscar Neimeyer and you’ve got – Brasilia.

The story of the creation and construction of Brazil’s modern capital city is filled with intrigue, conspiracy and scandal. But for our purposes the story is about an urban landscape of modernist structures emphasized by the prolific graphic visions of artist and master tile designer- Athos Bulcão.

 Mr. Bulcão, who was a painter and sculptor employed by Neimeyer to assist in the decorative aspects of the modernist construction. Later known as the artist of Brasilia, Bulcão’s prolific works touch nearly every part of Brazil’s capital city.

Athos Bulcão











Bulcao is obviously considered a national treasure in Brazil, but outside his homeland he is barely recognized. Does anyone besides me wonder why so few buildings in America are clad with decorative tiles? I think it might be time for a tile revolution…

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