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How Proper Planning Ensures a Happy Tile Installation

[fa icon="calendar'] May 29, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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If you've been reading the articles on this blog, you're familiar with the importance of carefully planning your installation ahead of time, and ensuring that you've obtained approval on a mockup from everyone involved - architect and/or designer, general contractor and, of course, the owner - before you start installing. 

In case you still don't believe that it matters, this article is for you.

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5 Tile Trends Affecting Installation Methods and Standards from Coverings17

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 12, 2017 8:35:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Why should we discuss tile trends on a blog that focuses primarily on tile education and installer certification? Because they really matter.

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How Cox Tile Guides Success of Coverings Installation Design Showcase

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 1, 2017 8:57:51 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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John Cox, President of Cox Tile (pictured in the image above on the far left), is the Technical Consultant to the Coverings Installation Design Showcase. 

First launched at Coverings 2008, the Installation Design Showcase or IDS features the live installation of tile in several professionally designed vignettes. Although planning and preparation begin several months before the show, the big deal about the IDS is that installation must be completed before the end of the Coverings exhibition, in time for review, admiration, comments and celebration.

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Tiled Vitruvian Tiny House by BlueTreeHome's Nikki Vega Mimics Nature

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 18, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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What's certainly true about a tiny house is that, by virtue of its size, it brings you closer to nature. Imagine taking that one step further based on how tile inside the house mimics nature. That's what the Vitruvian, a tiled tiny house created during Coverings 2017 in Orlando, captures based on the vision of designer Nikki Vega from BlueTreeHome based in Orlando. She specializes in tiny homes.

Nikki teamed up with the installation team from J & R Tile, Inc. for the live installation of tile in a tiny house on the Coverings show floor during the annual Installation Design Showcase.

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J&R Tile's Erin Albrecht Talks Tile in a Tiny House

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 5, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Tile in a tiny house is a natural choice for anyone who admires how versatile and sustainable tile is. It's also a must for those participating in the live installation of tile in three tiny houses on the Coverings show floor as J&R Tile did during Covering17 in Orlando, Florida.

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Tile Inspires West Michigan Tiny House by The Georgia Pear Interiors

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 20, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Inspired by tile for a tiny house? Most definitely yes, when that tile captures a clean, calm feel that The Georgia Pear Interiors' Lauren Figueroa decided was perfect for the West Michigan tiny home she designed for the Installation Design Showcase during Coverings 2017. She teamed up with Welch Tile & Marble for the live installation of tile in a tiny house on the Coverings show floor... 

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Dan Welch Talks About the West Michigan Tiled Tiny House

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Imagine creating a tiled tiny house where every interior surface is covered with tile...

That's what Dan Welch from Welch Tile & Marble and Lauren Figueroa from The Georgia Pear Interiors did during the Coverings 2017 Installation Design Showcase. They were one of three groups participating in the live installation of tile in three tiny houses on the Coverings show floor. In this case, the team completed the West Michigan Tiny House

We caught up with Dan to ask him about his tiny home  experience while participating in the Installation Design Showcase. 

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Tile Accentuates Mid-Century Tiny Home Design: Kim Lewis at Coverings17

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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Have you experienced a tiny home where tile is the star? Coverings 2017 featured the live installation of tile in three such tiny houses on the Coverings show floor, including the Palm Springs Mid Century Retro Tiny Home featured in this article.  Kim Lewis Designs collaborated Visalia Ceramic Tile, Inc. to bring this project to life. 

We caught up with Kim Lewis to learn more about her, the project and how she used tile in the design of her tiny home.

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Visalia Ceramic Tile's Sam Bruce Discusses Tiling a Tiny Home

[fa icon="calendar'] May 23, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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During Coverings 2017, Visalia Ceramic Tile, Inc. joined forces with Kim Lewis Designs during the yearly Installation Design Showcase. What made this Installation Design Showcase different was that it featured the live installation of tile in three tiny houses on the Coverings show floor. In this case, the team completed the Retro Bungalow Tiny House.

We caught up with Visalia Ceramic Tile's Sam Bruce to ask him about his company and what tiling a tiny home at Coverings was like.

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Timeless Tile Installations That Delight the Senses

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 18, 2017 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team posted in Installation + Design

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You've probably noticed that this blog focuses heavily on proper tile installation methods and techniques. At the same time, all of us involved in the CTEF Mission intensely admire timeless tile installations that truly delight the senses.

We abhor tile installation failures and encourage every opportunity to celebrate greatness in design and execution.  That's what you regularly experience during the yearly Coverings show, the premier United States exhibition of ceramic tile and stone.

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As beautiful as tile is when it is first created, the end result must also delight the senses, perform functionally while doing so beautifully, and generally withstand the test of time and usage.

To that end, this article celebrates a few of those inspiring timeless tile executions.

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