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Qualified Labor Matters to Kitchen and Bath Design: NKBA Webinar Series

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 26, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in About CTEF, Installation + Design

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When it comes to successfully completing kitchen and bath installations, Qualified Labor matters. It helps ensure that the tile installation will perform as expected and look as designed for years to come in spaces that demand a great deal from proper performance. 

Given how demanding these spaces are, there's tremendous benefit to ensuring that designers and installers collaborate as Dan Hecox showed us in Dan Hecox Inspires Designers, Tile Installers to Aspire to Higher Standards. The more designers understand the requirements of tile installations that perform and the better tile installers communicate with designers, the more likely success is all around.

For that reason, CTEF is pleased to collaborate with the National Kitchen + Bath Association (NKBA) as a sponsor of the April 2019 weekly webinar series.

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How Do You Celebrate National Tile Day?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 19, 2019 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Are You Inspired by Tile?

We are and that's why we're excited to join in on the National Tile Day celebrations by sharing with you highlights from current tile trends.

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Have You Explored WhyTile.com?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 6, 2018 8:45:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Coverings CG Villa Features Beautiful Tile Tiny Home Solution

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 7, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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When it comes to combining tile with a tiny home, you need a solution that is beautiful, functional, and makes the space feel as big as possible. Rita Carson Guest of Carson Guest Interior Design took her inspiration for the Coverings Installation Design Showcase (IDS) tiny home from the Crossville Tile she chose, and which the expert installers from J&R Tile brought to life in the CG Villa of Coverings 2018.  

>> J&R Tile Installs Gauged Porcelain Tile in Coverings 2018 Tiny House

We caught up with Rita to learn more about the design side of this project.

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Coverings Luxe Cottage Accentuates Details with Tile

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 31, 2018 11:11:27 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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What makes the Coverings Installation Design Showcase (IDS) stand out is how it pairs installation expertise with design brilliance. Especially when it comes to combining tile with a tiny house which needs to not only function, but also bring to life a specific design concept. 

When it comes to the Luxe Cottage of Coverings 2018, Brittney Ferren from The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry conceived the design. She collaborated with Visalia Ceramic Tile for the installation.

>> Visalia Ceramic Tile Installs Luxe Cottage at Coverings18

We caught up with Brittney to learn more about the design side of this project.

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Visalia Ceramic Tile Installs Luxe Cottage at Coverings18

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 17, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Another Five Star Contractor company returned to the Installation Design Showcase at Coverings 2018: Visalia Ceramic Tile, Inc. The company collaborated with Brittney Ferren of The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry to complete the Luxe Cottage using tile products from Ceramics of Italy.

We caught up with Sam Bruce to get the low down on the 2018 installation.

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The First Ever CTI Challenge - Coverings 2018

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 10, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design, Qualified Labor Series

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Did you have a chance to witness the first ever CTI Challenge? It took place during Coverings 2018 in the Installation Experience space, pitting two intensely passionate Certified Tile Installer teams to complete an ambitious installation over three days. The installation had to meet tile industry standards and guidelines.  

Here's a recap.

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Coverings 2018 Welcomes DW Sanders to Installation Design Showcase

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 3, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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The Coverings 2018 tiny house version of the Installation Design Showcase featured a new installation team from DW Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting which collaborated with Jeffrey Bruce Baker Designs on the Smart Modern Living tiny house.

Owner Woody Sanders is not only himself a Certified Tile Installer (#1295) and his company an NTCA Five Star Contractor, but he is also a CTEF Regional Evaluator.

We caught up with Woody to learn more about his experience participating in the Installation Design Showcase.

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J&R Tile Installs Gauged Porcelain Tile in Coverings 2018 Tiny House

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 26, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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The tiny house version of the Installation Design Showcase returned to Coverings 2018 and so did J&R Tile which focused on installing gauged porcelain tile panels in addition to glass tile.

If you missed their 2017 installation, you can learn more about it in J&R Tile's Erin Albrecht Talks Tile in a Tiny House.

We caught up again with Eric Albrecht to get the low down on the 2018 installation which the J&R Tile team completed in association with Rita Carson Guest of Carson Guest Interior Design.

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The Tile Installation Experience with Scott Carothers at Coverings

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 19, 2018 9:15:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Hiring a Tile Installer, Installation + Design

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Or, Why You Should Always Work with Qualified Tile Installers

Did you get to tour the Tile Installation Experience at Coverings 2018? Whether you did or didn't, here's your chance to review and appreciate what makes working with Qualified Tile Installers truly unique - in terms of best practices you can expect and bad practices you will want to avoid.

We've even included a Facebook Live tour with Scott Carothers that Floor Covering Installer magazine conducted during Coverings.

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