Jacquela and Steven have narrowed to two the candidates for the red glass tile that we will use for the backsplash behind the cooktop in the kitchen.
The original plan called for back-painted glass. Red. One sheet, from countertop to ceiling. But it’s ridiculously expensive and the fabricator will not warranty it against breakage or cracking. So we shifted gears to glass tile.
Candidate 1 is NOT a perfect 4×12. Neither is candidate 2. But #1 is slightly smaller than #2 lengthwise.
To Steven’s eye, #2 is a slightly richer red. By a hair.
Jacquela computes the cost for the 20 square feet that we need and nominates #1 as the first choice.
Saturday morning. Jacquela and Steven visit Emerald Hill. Jacquela’s first look at tile installed by the setters. Steven has a surprise for Jacquela — the black floor tile in the master bath is laid out in a brick pattern, which is what Jacquela wanted, not in the grid that we are using everywhere else in the house. This sets the master apart from the rest of the house. Jacquela is happy.
One of the things we learned experimenting with tile patterns — grid or brick, north/south or east/west — is that the kitchen tile comes in two very distinct designs — almost three.
It’s porcelain tile. The designs are printed on the porcelain slab using ink-jet printers. It’s a relatively new application of ink-jet technologies. Here’s an article about it — warning, commercials and subscription boxes will appear in your browser.
Almost anything is possible. Your choices are mind-boggling.
Months ago, Jacquela and Steven pored through hundreds of photos of different tile, mostly on Houzz.com. We filtered down to a gray/black/white palette — modern yet calming — to organize the tile floors at Emerald Hill.
We further refined that palette to large grey tiles for two key rooms — kitchen floor, and the floor in Jadin’s bath.
On a visit with Renee at ProSource, Steven collected several samples where the tile closely resembles natural granite.
The first design used in the ink-jet printed tiles is lined with long bands of color — almost veins.
Which induces sleepless nights stressing over choices.
Ron Dahlke and Steven spent part of Friday afternoon opening every box of the kitchen tile to sort through the two designs.
Steven hopes to use the two different designs in very specific locations.
Ron and Steven stacked the linear pattern in the kitchen for use in that floor. They stacked the mottled design in the garage, along with a pile of “transitional” tile that includes both designs, for use in the mudroom and pantry.
Heavy tile. Dusty. Sweaty work. Steven has new respect for the muscles of tile setters.
Sorting the tile was Ron’s idea. A very good idea. Don’t ask the tile setters to separate wheat from chaff. Sort and stack the tile to show the tile setters precisely what Steven has in mind.
Above, two stacks of the linear design staged atop the wood platform for the kitchen island installed the other day. Steven processed the contrast and lighting in this picture to help see the horizontal banding. Unfortunately, the exposed concrete slab is also gray and dirty — and it almost blends with the tile designs.
Above, Julian and his team of tile setters laid down the black floor tile in the master bath. Steven elected the brick pattern, not a grid. Brick is what Jacquela wanted. Brick is what Jacquela gets. This is the first tile floor installed at Emerald Hill. Milestone.