Piracema White Slab Shower: Planning/ Timelines Part 2 of 3

Continued from Part 1 of 3: April 3rd, 2010 Click for Part 1 of 3.

After we had an understanding of Valerie’s project, we planned out the material acquisition and installation schedule.  In an ideal scenario, all material will have been purchased and warehoused at our San Leandro facility prior to project start. This will prevent any potential delays due to material acquisition.

Material Acquisition:

Walk Through: Our team need to walk through the project with the design review in mind because many details such as the outlet height, door trim thickness do not show up on the drawings.  All of these details affect how we come up with the final design of the stone.

Tile Order:

The job site walk through with the install team, our installers will need to total the quantity of  field tile and trim pieces ordered based on the pattern.  Different installation patterns require a different amount of extra tile, for straight lay we order 10% more and for offset, staggered and diagonal patterns we order 15% more.  The waste comes from the cut tile pieces.

Picking Slabs and Placing Joint and Seam Locations:

Valerie picked Piracema White (this slab varies from grey white to practically grey and green) from our local supplier, GMS Global.   After templating, we identified the slabs which best fit her shower wall dimensions.  As you can see, slab joints need to be placed artistically together. Our project manager and installer designed where the joint and seams will go prior to cutting the granite slabs.

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Whimsical Bathroom

Quartz Vanity Top

Here is a bathroom tiled in Grazia’s New Classic line from Italy in the 5″x10″ pieces. The tile line has also quarter rounds, crown pieces and decorative pieces.  New Classic tile design is versatile to be used in contemporary and classic designs.

The New Classic line comes in seven 5×10 colors. You can expect subtle variations in each carton so it is important to mix the tiles from different cartons during installation for a more accurate shading.  Due to the shape of the trim pieces and nature of production, this is especially true for variation between field, trim and decorative.  New Classic tiles are made for interior walls.  We recommend using flexible cement-based setting material.

The accent tile, Muse is made by Oceanside Glass in San Diego which we usually have readily in stock. Muse is manufactured with a percentage of recycled glass with the following colors: Creme Brulee in White Iridescent, Oxygen Iridescent, and sandstone(dark, Medium, Light) Iridescent. The muse line has corresponding bar liners which can be color matched.  The iridescent sheen adds more interest like the mother or pearl or an abalone shell

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Granite Counter and Tile Installation in Foul Weather May Cause Delays

“Rain Rain Go Away.

Come Back When It Is Not My Install Day.”


The weather such as heavy rain combined with wind can delay or prolong a tile, granite, or quartz installation. Our installers face two issues, the material getting wet and the San Francisco Bay Area traffic. I will only discuss with you the former since you all know how well we drive in bad weather.

When the guys are expecting heavy rain, our granite and tile installation teams pack their tents so they and the material are not rained on.  When the granite, quartz and plywood get wet, since it affects the drying time, cutting and worker safety.  Tile installation is affected less since the bonding material, thin set is water based unlike granite and quartz which relys on a polyurethane or silicone based adhesives.

This is a makeshift tent when my guys were cutting tile in light rain. During heavy rain, Artistic Stone’s Install teams will use the same tents as one may use for a Tail Gate Party before a football game. Go 49ers!!!


When installing in at freezing or below freezing temperature, the glue will not adhere to the granite surface because is too cold.  This a common challenge for jobs in Truckee, Tahoe or the Sierra Foothills. When installing in these conditions it takes longer than normal California weather for the glue to bond.

In our experience 90% of the rainy day jobs get installed.  We leave it to our installers descretion to decide whether they proceed or postpone. Our installers decisions is based providing you the best install and their safety since wet surfaces are slippery to walk on and counter tops are heavy(15 pounds per square foot).

If you have any specific questions or concerns, please call project manager, Dave in San Leandro about the challenges of rainy day installs.

Artistic Stone adds Jeffery Court Tiles to its Collection

Jeffery Court: Made in Norco, California

Since 1991, Jeffrey Court has been crafting incomparable handmade tiles that reflect our passion for craftsman quality and inspired design. Known for our distinctive styling and wide assortment of decorative tile, stone, glass and metal covering materials, we provide elegant products that make any installation extraordinary – all at incredibly affordable prices.

Our state-of-the-art manufacturing plant combined with a 90,000 square foot warehouse and showroom, gives us the ability to respond quickly. With a fantastic assortment of over 5,000 different tiles in-stock, Jeffrey Court is a valuable resource for the tile and stone community.

We strive to preserve and impart the rich traditions of California tile making, capturing the classic elements of the past while satisfying today’s leading design and color trends. To enhance our handmade tile collection, we also travel the world working with artisan factories to acquire specialized tiles that meet the fashion and quality demands of our customers.

Preserving “Old World” Tradition in the Art of Tile Making

The timeless art of making tiles by hand dates back several thousand years. Jeffrey Court’s master craftsmen combine “old world” techniques with contemporary production equipment to create tiles from classical to craftsman in style.

Jeffrey Court tiles are truly handcrafted. Both the warmth and uniqueness of each tile can’t be reproduced by high-production factories. Our mission is to stay true to traditional tile making, which requires much hand labor, to assure a truly special product. Corporate headquarters are in Norco with production facilities just miles away in Fontana, California.

In addition to our expansive stocked “Chapters,” we also have the capabilities to produce custom products for special projects, and welcome dialog with dealers, designers and architects.

Remember our motto, “Your place is our passion,” as it reinforces our commitment to provide the most fashionable facing materials available in today’s marketplace.

Modern Elegance Emerald Pearl Bathroom Counters with Glass Bowls

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This San Francisco Twin Peaks home used the Emerald Pearl to complement the glass under mount vanity sinks.  The mica in the Emerald Pearl gave it a nice subtle reflective quality. 
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Mediterranean Style Bathroom with River Gold Granite

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River Gold Granite is one of our clients favorite colors.  It is neutral yet each pieces is unique unlike many granites which look the same throughout.

The tiles you see are Cross-Cut Travertine Porcelain tiles from Italy with a glass and ceramic liner from Dune Ceramics in Spain. The ends of the tiles were capped with a travertine dome liner.  This tile complements nicely with the River Gold Granite because the slab has red garnet which compliments the red glass from the Hermes Tiles.

Piracema White Slab Shower: Installation Part 3 of 3

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If you missed Part 1 and Part 2 of 3 click the links.

The total install time for Valerie’s job was about 2.5 weeks which included tile and granite installation.

The slab showers and tub surround it takes one day to install each piece. Since the material is heavy (about 15 lbs per squ ft) it will require 3 to 5 guys to maneuver the large slabs in and out of the house.  When our guys are at your home, they will make the final adjustments to fit the wall.  Typically it takes about  1 week of fabrication, before we can install the granite slabs and the counter tops.  Sometimes it is faster, however this depends on our fabrication schedule.

Installation for the shower and tub wall surrounds:

  • Install waterproofing membrane or B grade black paper.
  • Screw in cement fiberboard or blue board.
  • Install slab granite and marble.

For large showers and tub surrounds, this may take more than one day to complete.  These is the overview just no

For the counter top installation:

  • Mount and Screw Plywood
  • Mount Sink
  • Install Slab
  • Drill holes

For Tiling,

  • Level the floors with thin set or cement
  • Lay tile
  • Grout

The square footage and tile install scheme affect the total install time.

Piracema White Slab Shower: Project Overview Part 1 of 3


Valerie came to Artistic Stone knowing she wanted to update her three bathrooms in her Castro Valley canyon home.  She came into our San Leandro Showroom with drawings and worked with Helen to get a budget and the overall project time line.

In one of her master bathroom, she had a large jacuzzi tub which no one every used and she wanted to change it out to something newer.  As for the other two bathrooms, one was a shower stall and the other was a tub shower.  All in need of removing old tile or cultured marble.

Valerie’s vision was to bring in a high end spa into her home.  Helen helped her plan the installation time line with her general contractor to coordinate the city’s inspection.  We staggered the installations so only one bathroom was out of operations at a time to way minimizing the impact the remodel has on the family while living at the house.

  • Identify what you like.
  • Bring in your plans for a rough estimate.
  • Work with Artistic Stone Kitchen and Bath to get an on site measurement and project walk through. (This will give us idea of how your home is laid out and how much time it will take for us to compete the job.  The walk through will help us identify any potential installation issues.)
  • Artistic Stone will find the best sized slabs for your project to eliminate waste.
  • Receive a final estimate

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Two  book matched piece of Paracema White granite slab were picked so the left and right pieces would mirror each other.  The shower pan was also made out of slab.  The surface was honed and then pitched 1/4 inch so the water would drain properly.

A slab shower is the truly a piece of art in your bathroom.