Christmas is coming! Which impacts shipping….and us…

Merry Christmas EveryonePlease note UPS and all Freight companies are also closed Friday Christmas Eve. As we cannot ship anything we are also closed.

It does become a difficult time in December. Shipping times are more exact to the rules of UPS. Which is not what we have been used to. I have seen shipments get to the customer on the West Coast in 3 days.  December and weather it will be 5 days, maybe longer.  UPS has a weather clause (every shipping has an everything clause, just no Santa Clause).

Everyone that works here full time is a parent. They want to see their Childs Christmas play. They will never ...

The difference of Venato and Pietra Carrara

The DifferenceTwo very close collections Pietra Carrara and Venato Carrara but there is a difference in the Herringbone you can see the Pietra Carrara has more variation gray pieces. The Venato while still has gray veining, has less variation of the base color.

On the mosaic it is really difficult to spot the difference. But in bigger tiles the variation would be more noticeable.

 On the outside Pietra is Black boxes and Venato is Brown with our Trade Marked  exclusive Logo.

Pietra Carrara, let’s start there. This is probably going ...

We are closed for Thanksgiving and the Friday!

Thanksgiving war

I was not aware there was a war on Thanksgiving. But I have been working 12+ hours a day for years so may have missed a few things 🙂

I thought everyone had some time off. Perhaps employees are getting double pay, triple pay or they get to have two days of of their choice off on another day, I cannot judge without the facts. But it is rather difficult to make people work.

But The Builder Depot will be closed on Thursday 26th and 27th from a warehouse and office perspective.  As we ship with UPS and UPS is closed, so we cannot pack if it will not ship. The website will still work. As it does not seem to like Turkey and the gravy is super bad for it 🙂

Orders can be placed and will be shipped in receiving order on ...

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Black Friday

Sorry!  It is not going to load. It is a Gimmick 🙂 We always sell at the best possible price everyday, not just on one day of the Year. I am going to have to Wikipedia who came up with this Black Friday malarkey.

Our Business is always, always going to stick to the principles in our about us section, do more with less and put customers, quality before profit.  We are not a corporation owned by the stock market that will have not have to publish it’s Black Friday sales numbers of CNBC or Fox Business.  Like so many are forced to do today to keep their share price up.

All about the stock price (which brings me to the separate conflict, the job of the big store CEO of a public company is to maximize profit, by law.  So how does ...

White Oak Marble Trims, Mosaics and More

White Oak Marble 1x3At last!  I have been waiting for this 1×3″ Herringbone in White Oak Marble for $12.95 a Square Foot and Free Shipping (maybe extend it into Jan – please accounting).

You can see the difference in the price from current mosaics and Free shipping is a real bonus. The price from our current Basketweave that has a bevel (which is not easy on a floor underfoot). I like some things rounded and the 3D must add some design cost. But it does seem a rather expensive OTT option. Here is the 3D Basketweave. (that price knocks me over every time, actually I can no longer look at it, it is over $20+).

For people who want a Basketweave option with 3D then great ...

New website look coming along…. (but just a draft)

Cleaner Checkout

We are working on creating a new look for our website. Everything is the same just the look will be cleaner, trying to cover the fact that shipping is 100% guranteed safety. The black on our site will disappear. This is all part of the new 5 acre pick and pack complex that is being built for us in Alpharetta, GA. It is designed to work better with UPS Freight and improve efficiency.  The more efficient the more savings we can pass along or at the very least avoid any increases 🙂


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Recent Review and Thank you!

Customer Review

This review (so I wanted to share) came through the other day (we are actually the only 5 out of 5 star seller in the USA of marble tile) which when you read this and the effort Ben in customer service went to you can see why.  It was not a small purchase either in the thousands of dollars so I can see why the customer would be apprehensive.

You can send an email to or call the sales team a call 800-308-9359 from 9am to 4pm EST (if you are not sure either). They can help. The world of e-commerce is a tricky one. There are as with everything good guys and bad guys. We are the good guys 🙂 and proud to be so.

We have set our business with clear ... awards new badges to The Builder Depot

Houzz Badges

A nice email from and a great way to start the Fall. This year has been incredible we have grown from 600 products to over 1,000 in just 9 months. Inventory levels have also increased beyond two million square feet allowing us to support larger and larger projects from Aritzia’s new Flagship store in NYC to Presidential suites in premium 5 star Hotels up and down the East Coast.

We still pride ourselves on being a market disruptor by providing Contractors and Home owners with premium Italian marble, Glass tiles, Metal Mosaics and Porcelain Tiles for a fraction of the cost that traditional brick and mortar boutique retailers charge. This year we have certainly evolved. Another change for 2015; breaking ground on a ...