Posts Tagged ‘tile’

2016-03-09 14.19.20

The photographer is capturing the mix of shiny and matte Heath tiles in the hearth surround that makes a subtle pattern. (Only visible when the light is at the right angle)

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My Rockridge project is getting finishing touches slowly but surely. These are just quick snapshots of things I am excited about.

Teak Bench, Glass tiles, stone floor

Teak Shower bench with glass tile walls and stone tile floor

Fir Barn Door

Fir Barn Door



Tin Ceiling Tiles


Colorful diningroom

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A while back I visited this cute little cottage in Oakland. The couple living there had been told by the landlord that it was designed by Julia Morgan. I couldn’t find any proof of this, so I delayed publishing my photos in hopes that I could find the proof. Now I just want to share some of the pictures regardless of who designed it.

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Something to be said for keeping it simple.

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We did a bit of rearranging in our apartment this summer. The chimney and hearth have been screaming replace me since I moved in.  The closet behind them was also not very functional – very deep with a small door, so not very efficient storage.  Now the closet is very efficiently laid out to store the vacuum and brooms and other cleaning tools, and the litter box fits nicely behind the stove with a private cat door at the back. The stove is now recessed into the wall leaving room for a generous raised hearth and a clear pathway to the kitchen beyond. I took pictures of most of the steps.

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Cashier station and glass partition wall

Oval shaped bench (built by Eby Construction) – Salvaged antique barber stations beyond

Handicap accessible changing room

New handicap accessible entry

The owner of this shop is responsible for most of the salvaged and rustic aesthetic. Deeds design assisted with the technicalities and accessibility issues and helped keep the permit process moving along so they could open on time.

(Photos by Pete Trachy & Sarah Deeds)

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We are going to make a nice tile table

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Emma Lee Photograph via Remodelista

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The before shots of this custom kitchen are here.  It was an enjoyable design process with a creative and very involved client.

This is a view of the kitchen from the entry hall

Warm glow of orange glass pendant lights

Iridescent orange and gold accent tiles are like music notes in the field of white rectangles

Shimmering figured ash cabinetry with simple mortised drawer pulls (Freedman and Chesley Custom Cabinets)

Close-up of the beautiful solid ash curved bar top (also by Freedman and Chesley, Emeryville, CA)

Custom designed cabinetry to fit the client’s tansu pieces

Intersection of black, white, and warm wood (the black Paperstone countertop matches the tv cabinet across the room)

Laundry and pantry are conveniently close at hand behind a subtle white-painted pocket door

Architect and client in the new kitchen!

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I just ate dinner at this cool restaurant in Brooklyn. It was dark outside the whole time I was there. I am sure the place would feel pretty different for breakfast.

The building is an old diner train car with all the inherent architectural charm that you might imagine….. cozy narrow space, curved ceiling, lots of windows.

Instead of accentuating the 50s style, this restaurant has a different, edgier and classier sort of atmosphere.

It easily could have been overly trendy with its “derelict” finishes (ala Zoolander)

The old tile floor is patched with no attempt to hide that fact that it has been patched.

but some how it just works.

Once again the lighting is key. In this case the general lighting is dimmed, and warm flickery candlelight creates the mood.   Mirrors, shiny ceiling  and glass tiles add to the sparkle.

Lara Kaufman, who took most of these photos for me, is pictured on the right and Elissa Steglich, the local friend who took us here is on the left

Photo from Lara K showing some artful floor patches

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I kept this elegant tub surround alive for a few extra years by patching it with fiberglass and epoxy, but I think it was time for an upgrade.

partially demolished, you can see both layers of old surround – fiberglass on top of coated masonite – with a european street scene in sepia….perhaps from the early 60s?

pacific tile putting on a layer of thinset mortar over the wonderboard (over building paper & moiststop at the tub lip)

the first row of tiles – cut to fit the curved tub

I don’t have any photos of the plumber at work, but he installed copper rough plumbing for this shiny new shower faucet. It has a modern take on the cross handle for the valve, and a nice curvy tub spout.

I would not recommend buying the cheapest shower curtain rod or brackets. I did, and I notice spots of rust already forming on the chrome.

The tiles are 4×4 white (0100) Daltile Rittenhouse Square  with a god’s eye pattern in yellows and blues.  Keeping the pattern in the middle meant that all my trim tiles and fussy cut tiles would be white. Extra ones when we ran out were easy to come by.  It also made finding a recessed soap dish easy and repairs down the road possible. Affordability is another advantage.

We used bright white unsanded grout and white adhesive caulking to complete the clean white look.

Daltile white 0100 4×4 squares with a god’s eye pattern in blue and yellow

I don’t think I got a screaming deal, in part because I was in a rush, trying to reduce the inconvenience for my renters.  The plumber was about $575, the tile setter $1300, the tiles, grout, caulk, and sealer, about $250 and the plumbing hardware another $375 or so. Call it about $2500 + a few more hours of carpentry work, sheetrock repair, clean up, and a dump run bring it to about $3200. I still have to repaint the ceiling on the lower level where we had to open it up for plumbing access.

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