StonePeak Ceramics

FullSizeRender 7Last week the Scouts took a field trip to Crossville, TN to visit the StonePeak Ceramics production facility.DSC_3433

We were hosted by StonePeak and our local tile distributor, Mees Distributors. The visit was informative and really interesting.

We saw the tile making process from start…IMG_7852DSC_3387 copyDSC_3450 copyTo finish:DSC_3473 copy

These extra large tiles are from their Plane series. They can be specified as large as 5′ x 10′ . Oh the possibilities!IMG_7928

They actually had a machine called the Atomizer. Reminds me of Marvin the Martian.

StonePeak brings the artistry of Italian tile making and manufacturers it here in the good ole USA. That means lead times are shorter and we actually know what is in the building material we are using, unlike many Chinese made tiles. And price points are great.

We were amazed to learn what a green company StonePeak is. From using recycled materials in their tile to their air cleaning standards, we were impressed how much this company cares.DSC_3390 copyYou know what else was a big surprise to all of us? The ready to ship material is stored outside. The amount of tile was staggering!IMG_7849We got a sneak peak of the new collections. Can’t wait to use this Zebrino somewhere.IMG_7862

We specified the Palazzo series in our Show House hall bathroom we recently completed.HallBathIt was a huge hit with everyone. Read about it here.

A big thank you to StonePeak and Mees for treating us to this opportunity!

Before and After- Hall Bath

Don’t ask me how it happened; it just did. We ended up with not one, not two, but THREE spaces in this year’s DPVA Designer Show House.

Today I’ll show you the before and after of the hall bath. We worked on this space in conjunction with Amanda Cook of Mees Distributors.HallBathBeforeI am a big lover or vintage and original features in a house, but unfortunately, not much could be saved from this bath. The homeowners requested we replace the sinks and the tile was in bad shape. We did find a great company to resurface the bathtub- Baker Refinishing, but other than that we pretty much gutted it. HallBathAnd here is the after in all her glory! The star of the show is the floor which is a StonePeak porcelain tile. The tiles are actually 12×24 believe it or not. Our tile installer did a magnificent job not only creating the illusion of smaller tiles, but working with the incredibly crooked walls. We used an oversized subway tile on the walls for a little more modern look, but it still fits in with the period and style of the house.

We did salvage the original medicine cabinet. The plumbing fixtures were graciously donated by American Standard and WinWholesale of Dayton.

The composite shutters are a perfect solution for a bathroom window. The top and bottom louvers operate independently, providing privacy and still allowing light into the room. We were able to specify a 3-1/2″ louver size since the original windows are nice and deep. Thanks to Lafayette Venetian Blinds for helping us out on those.

I think the space ended up being a show stopper! Don’t miss your last chance to see this room as well as many other designer’s work. If you’re in the Dayton/Cinci/Columbus area, the house is open through tomorrow, May 17th. For more information visit the DPVA website.