Sunday, December 30, 2007

Man triumphs over stone

The New Year aproaches. Tilework continues.
Zander makes a wish, and hopes it will come true...

Sunday, December 23, 2007

More Tile

Clockwise from upper left: master bathroom (daltile Village Bend), 1st floor shower niche (bruma marble with decorative niche insert), tower bathroom (creme beige marble), and tower floor (supersannini).

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


One thing we have tried to do through this entire build was to be authentic to the Tuscan farmhouse style. In the era of custom homes going to bigger and bigger tile on the floor, we chose to do a herringbone pattern with real 6x12" Italian terricotta. This will be contiguous throughout the downstairs areas, spilling over into the closets, bathroom, laundry, and bedroom on first floor. This tile from a manufacturer called Sannini. We visited them last November on our trip to Italy and they took us on a tour of the plant where this tile was manufactured. The factory is located in a town famous for their cotto, Imprunetta, a few miles south of Florence on the Chiantigiana. The third floor bedroom will also have this tile, in a running bond, or brick pattern. -- Jimbo

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Now for something completely neutral....

Upper right and lower left; downstairs bathroom tile. Center; closeup of the Selina Gold Limestone. Center right; well shoot! (a view thru the laundry chute). Lower left; rain glass in downstairs bath. Lower center; tile for the back of the downstairs shower niche.

Selina Gold Countertops

The kitchen countertops arrived yesterday afternoon! They are a limestone called Selina Gold. They aren't finished installing them yet, but arent' they pretty? Now we just need to figure out what we're going to do about the faucet... the Mico we were going to use needs a + connector underneath and Jim thinks that there isn't enough space between the gigantic copper sink and the wall. We'll probably also have to notch out a portion of the ledge to make room for the neck of the faucet. No matter. Arent' they pretty? The little piece with the scalloped ogee edge in the bottom center photo will be installed as a console table in the foyer area.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Next comes Tile

The trim guys finished up on Saturday and the tile and flooring get rolling on Monday. The first photo on the upper right shows our limestone slabs for the kitchen counters and console in the foyer. They're the larger slabs in the back. The middle row center shows the master bedroom closet; bottom row, left to right - master tub alcove, typhoon green granite slab for the coffee bar, and the laundry room. I spent all day vaccuming & sweeping up in prep for the tile install, and Jim built a ledge along the back of the laundry room countertop, enclosed the tub box, ripped shelves from the remaing alder plywood.