From Builder Grade to 5 Star Bathroom Retreat!

Carrara Venato Bathroom

Carrara Venato 3×6″ Subway Tile $7.00 a Square Foot (at the time this was installed prices subject to change) along with Carrara Venato 1″ Hexagon Mosaic $10.95 a Square Foot (a classic design).

This bathroom pictures are from WildInk Press blog. Rebekah and Matt not only design and print greeting cards but are also clearly incredible designers. You can see their website here.

Venato 1x1 Hexagon Mosaic Tile

The Carrara Venato 1″ Hexagon looks perfect. Bright white as we had always planned.Before PictureHere is a before picture of their shower.

Before Pictures

Before pictures showing a builder grade bathroom, would you say Circa 1990?

Carrara Venato Bathroom. Stunning!

Carrara Venato Bathroom

Carrara Venato Collection. Showing the 4×12″ Honed $8.00 a Square Foot and for $11.45 a Square Foot the 1×3″ Herringbone polished used as the floor mosaic. It was a decade ago that we agreed to sort marble blocks to create a lighter based Carrara. Then sort again to try and ensure as much as possible with a natural stone that it had just the right amount of veining. Creating a less busy appearance. It is always nice to see pictures of how good that plan came out.

I love how Instagram works. It shows the picture and then with a click it shows the sources of the products (assuming the person posting is kind enough to say where it was from). So a huge thank you to studio_o_interiors for sharing this on Instagram.

Venato Bathroom

This screenshot above from Instagram shows where the products are from. People do ask…. how white can the Venato Carrara be? I want the white base of Calacatta. I am not sure there is a whiter based marble in existence. This picture on Instagram shows the 4×12″ against Bianco Carrara ‘CD’ Grade, it shows better than what I can say.

Installation Venato 2″ Hexagon Honed by Refashionablylate Blog

Before and After Carrara Hexagon

This is our Carrara Venato 2×2″ Hexagon Mosaic $11.75 a Square Foot. (also available in polished) It is being used by Ruthie from refashionablylate in the One Room Challenge (a Challenge undertaken by bloggers) to transform a room in the house. The great part about this blog is it takes you from before and goes through each week to the “final reveal” Here.

Venato Hexagon Mosaic

We will post a few pictures (not all) of the Carrara Venato Honed Hexagon Mosaic. On the Refashonably late blog there are a lot more pictures for anyone to look at.

Venato 2" Hexagon Mosaic

Another Great Picture! And the pictures could continue and they do on the customers blog.

As for us I think this gets the point across about how perfectly white the Venato collection is. We can match 4×12″, bullnose, trims, 12×24″ to this Hexagon to create almost any design you can make from over 80 products from the Venato Collection. Along with Nero Marquina and Bardiglio Gray for accents and borders.

One of my Favorite Backsplash pictures of 2016

Carrara Venato 4x12

Carrara Venato 4×12″ Honed ($8.00 a Square Foot in 2016 & 2017).

Venato Carrara 4x12

And loved the Christmas version here.

Carrara Subway Tile

Love how the wood grain makes the brilliant white background of the Carrara Venato stand out even more.

Backsplash Subway Tile

Finally I loved Brit’s blog and the reveal here

Looking forwards to helping Brit in the One Room Challenge in 2017.

Carrara Venato Bathroom – White Hot!

Carrara Venato

Looking to see how white based Carrara Venato is….. then this Instagram post really shows it. Using the Venato 6×12″ Honed ($8.00/SF) and (my personal favorite) the 1×3″ Herringbone Honed ($11.45/SF).

Carrara Venato Bathroom

Love the way Instagram allows people to show where they purchased the products. This Instagram post is by Studio_O_Interiors you can see the feed here.


Prices are valid at the time of this post… apparently we have to put this notation, that way in 30 years if someone finds this post and gas is $20 a gallon we are not stuck with a low price 🙂

Carrara Venato Bathroom (Love the Venato 1×3″ Herringbone Flooring)

Carrara Venato Bathroom

Used in this picture Carrara Venato 1×3″ Herringbone Polished $11.45 a Sq. Ft. for the flooring (grout creates enough COF/Grip to make it safe and polished can be used). Along with 4×12″ Carrara Venato on the wall for $8.00 a Square Foot. $15,000 from a traditional tile and stone retailer, about $4,000 from us. A great save! Who wants to pay more. Not sure any one ever walked into Target or a Publix or any Grocery store and wrote out a check for $11,000 saying “You did not charge me enough” so why pay more for the same product from the same mountain?

Carrara Venato Herringbone Bathroom

Taken from Instagram here. I love the way people can tell others where the products used came from. It is great when designers take the plunge and buy online from us. Carrara Venato especially the 1×3″ Herringbone they have purchased with 4×12″ on the wall is one of my favorite looks. Love the look of the longer subway tile.

You can see how perfect and white the Carrara Venato is, in fact if you go back through the room scenes or click the Carrara Venato link you can see this product which is exclusive and a Trademark owned by The Builder Depot, sold for over a decade has been consistent in appearance since the beginning. It is this consistency that we look for in this collection. It is not by accident we hand select the blocks to create this exceptional look.

Prices are subject to change. Valid at the time of this post.

Pietra Carrara Shower Installation

Carrara pietra installed

Carrara Pietra 3×6″ for $7.00 a Square Foot and 2″ Hexagon Honed for $9.75 a Square Foot and Free Shipping. We added Carrara Pietra because of consumer comments. The Venato is white really white. Some customers wanted more variation from Tile to Tile. So that is what we created. While it is slight you can tell the difference with the Carrara Venato picture below.

Carrara Venato 4x12 Backsplash for Bathroom

Carrara Venato the base is more consistent the variation from tile to tile is reduced. It will never be an exact science as it is natural stone. But as the only company in the world to offer this almost obsessive compulsive disorder with white marble, we are trying to create looks segmented into the style and design the customer is looking for. Or at the very least give them a better chance.

To best achieve the exact look you want is “Over order“. Then you can discard tiles. Remove tiles that are not fitting the look you are going for. You are creating a picture with this stone. It is unique. Every tile is a “one of a kind”. The bathroom walls you end up with will be what you create. Moving tiles around. For Carrara Pietra this means making sure the dark tiles are not collected in one section, it is definitely a more ‘hands on collection’. All Marble is. But you can see the variation in the top picture, if all the darker tiles were in a “clump” it would not have the same effect it would look pretty ugly. As it is well spread out it looks incredible and for $7.00 a Square Foot along with Free Shipping a great deal.

Note: Prices quoted in this post are accurate at the time of the post October 24th 2016. Prices are subject to change over time.

Amazing Large Format Arabesque Backsplash

Arabesque TilesGloss Arabesque Tile available on a Mesh for $10.95 a Square Foot & Free Shipping for 2016.

Beveled Whisper White Arabesque in Gloss and Matte has been available on the market for some time. However was the first company in the world to offer the product on a mesh.

It is our job as a business to think further than the sale of the product but also the ease of installation. Which we hope lowers the overall cost. It should be quicker to install and time is money. We look for value in every part of a products journey, value all the way through the chain even to the completion of the entire project.

Then we decided to remove the bevel. Offer a simply flat version. It creates a simple sophisticated look as you see in the room scene above. The larger format Arabesque is an amazing replacement for 3×6″ Subway Tile as there are eight pieces to a Square Foot very much in the same way as there are eight pieces to a Square Foot of 3×6″. The traditional backsplash product.

Without a Bevel Arabesque

Not content with offering our customers with a completely new arabesque product with a Gloss finish and putting it on a mesh to reduce installation costs we also added it in a Matte finish (or honed). The Builder Depot has the largest Arabesque collection available in the world here. We just love Arabesque. The shape, the design it is just so unique.

Flat Large Arabesque Dark Grout

Dark grout creates more of a Challenge to work with as you have to be quicker on the clean up. However installed by a professional creates and I think you would agree quite a different look by simply changing the grout color.

Nero Marquina Honed 2×2″ Hexagon Mosaic Tile for $11.45 a Sq.Ft.

Nero 2x2" Hexagon Mosaic

Nero Marquina Honed Hexagon $11.45 a Square Foot and also available in Polished a 3″ and a 5″ Hexagon as part of our Nero Marquina Collection. We do like the look of the Honed.

The advantage of the Spanish black marble over the China Black is it is just more subtle with the veining. China Black looks like someone took a white marker to a black tile. Whereas the original Spanish Nero Marquina black marble has a more elegant timeless look. It has just the right amount of veining. Prices valid thru 2016.

Most likely your installer will not believe you can buy Nero Marquina 2″ Hexagon for $11.45 a Square Foot or ‘C’ Grade Italian Marble 6×12″ Honed or Polished for $8.00 a Square Foot. You could also ask him if he understands what “vertical integration of a supply chain means?” If he gives you a blank look…… then that would justify his skepticism. As he or she has been buying the same way for most likely decades and to find out now he could have been paying 50% or more less is a crushing blow.

The third review by one of our customers explains it best. If that fails (or the hundreds of other Google Trusted Store reviews) we have a video for the installer to watch. Here. Many of our customers installers turn into wonderful long term new accounts.


Carrara Venato – Copy that look……

Carrara Bathroom

Looking to recreate a similar look? Then let me tell you the costs valid for 2016 all from the Carrara Venato Collection with over 80 matching mosaics, field tiles and trims.

  1. Carrara Venato Polished Basketweave with Bardiglio dot $10.95 a Square Foot.
  2. Bardiglio Gray 1×12″ Strip Border to edge you Basketweave “rug insert” are $5.45 each.
  3. 12×24″ Polished Venato Marble Tile $9.95 a Square Feet.

Here are screenshots of the products from the website. Please note these prices are subject to change and availability. Price changes generally happen just once a year these are valid for 2016 and likely to be the same in 2017. A lot depends of shipping and raw material costs.

Basketweave Polished Gray Dot

Bardiglio Gray Dot polished Venato Basketweave $10.95 a Sq.Ft.

Strip Bardiglio Border

Bardiglio Strip Border $5.45 a Piece shown here in polished

Carrara Venato 12x24 Polished

Carrara Venato 12×24″ Polished Marble Tile also available in Honed.