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Design Trends and Ideas

Learning Every Day

You can learn something new every day.  I was recently in Denver and visited the oldest Denver hotel still in operation: The Oxford on 17th Street, downtown.  I love and appreciate the thoughtfulness, detail, and craftsmanship that went into the 127-year-old hotel.  Below is a photograph of The Oxford’s lobby floor.  The pattern on the tiled floor is a double pinwheel – the first that I have seen.  Back in the day, the craftsmen even used locally-sourced stone .  You will need a fairly large space to pull it off, but in the right space, such a double-pinwheel pattern would make a grand statement.

Begnal Motors’ New Kingston Showroom

This spring and summer, we were proud to be asked to participate in the development of, and provide porcelain tile for, The L.T. Begnal Motor Company’s new Route 28 showroom in Kingston, NY.  We worked with Larry Begnal and his sons to create a showroom that, as Larry said, has significantly increased the dealership’s traffic and sales.

Larry Begnal as MC at Grand Opening Party.

Photo of Ladies Room with plank-tile floor & elongated subway wall tile.

Begnal Motor’s Ladies Room with plank-tile, floor tile & elongated-subway, wall tile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Sally Carpenter owner of Albany Tile, Carpet & Rug and Larry Begnal, owner of Begnal Motors

ATCR’s Sally Carpenter with Begnal Motor’s Larry Begnal.

Begnal Motors post sign naming the 35 contractors and suppliers who made significant contributions to its new car dealership; Albany Tile, Carpet & Rug listed second.

Begnal Motors generously thanks contributing contractors and suppliers.

Bring in the New

We are designing and building some new design panels for the showroom to help our clients vizualize style, scale, and color. With the new displays, you will see some of our go-to combinations wtih timeless styles and colors and others that will demonstrate our creativity with current trends . . . Below is the first panel with one of our go-to combinations. Now it’s time to choose a coordianting paint color . . . We like Benjamin Moore #1565 Mount Saint Anne. We hope to have this new display ready for the showroom next week!

Bring in the new

A New Shape for the Tile World – Pentagons?

We love pattern, symmetry, and balance in design finishes.  Whether it’s fabric, flooring or wall finishes, there are plenty of ways to successfully use pattern in your space.  Our showroom is full of patterns and their building blocks.  But, here is a new one for us: pentagons! Take a look at “A New Way to Tile Your Floor (Using Pentagons).”    We won’t bore you with geometric details of the pentagon floor pattern, but it works if you notice that the ’tiles’ are the same shape and mirror imagess of each other.  Will this tile pattern be the next geometric design trend?  If the tile installers have a say, we bet not ….

Check out some interesting patterns:
Tiled Pentagon Flooring

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Wedi Shower System Demonstration – 2015

On Tuesday, March 31st, Albany Tile, Carpet & Rug will  host its third Wedi Shower System Demonstration in our showroom from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm.   Tim Levasseur, a Berkshires tile contractor and our Wedi representative/installation expert, will be on hand to assemble a complete shower system from start to finish.  He will also introduce new Wedi products including linear drain and barrier-free shower systems.  Remember, Wedi shower systems are WATERPROOF – not just water resistant! Wedi replaces the mud pan and liner process, expedites construction and installation, and creates a tile-ready surface in just 2-3 hours (rather than 2-3 days.)  Tim will also be available to answer any questions about the complete Wedi line including building panels, prefabricated niches, and drains.  We hope you can join us!

Move Over Ledgestone

We’re always looking for new, different, and cool things. While attending The International Surface Event (TISE) in Las Vegas, NV last week, we spotted textured wood wall covering. Most likely inspired by the very popular slate and travertine ledgestone patterns, wood allows for much more flexibility with texture, pattern, and design without the weight and installation specifications of natural stone, while still offering that organic vibe. Check it out . . . .  We hope to have some showroom samples soon!

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Wedi Shower System Demonstration – Encore

Wedi Installation Shower Waterproofing Seminar

Berkshires tile contractor Tim Levasseur hosts Wedi shower waterproofing seminar at Albany Tile, Carpet & Rug.

On Wednesday, September 10th Albany Tile, Carpet & Rug will  host its second Wedi Shower System Demonstration in our showroom from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.   Tim Levasseur, a Berkshires tile contractor and our Wedi installation expert, will be on hand to assemble a complete shower system from start to finish.  Remember, Wedi shower systems are WATERPROOF – not just water resistant!  Wedi replaces the mud pan and liner process, expedites construction and installation, and creates a tile-ready surface in just 2-3 hours (rather than 2-3 days.)  Tim will also be available to answer any questions about the complete Wedi line including building panels, prefabricated niches, and drains.  We hope to see you there!

Wedi Shower System Demonstration – You’re Invited!

Wedi Installation Shower Waterproofing Seminar

Berkshires tile contractor Tim Levasseur hosts Wedi shower waterproofing seminar at Albany Tile, Carpet & Rug.

On Thursday, June 6th Albany Tile, Carpet & Rug will be hosting a Wedi Shower System Demonstration in our showroom from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.   Tim Levasseur, a Berkshires tile contractor and our Wedi installation expert, will be on hand to assemble a complete shower system from start to finish.  Wedi shower systems are WATERPROOF – not just water resistant.  Wedi replaces the mud pan and liner process, expedites construction and installation, and creates a tile-ready surface in just 2-3 hours (rather than 2-3 days.)  Tim will also be available to answer any questions about the complete Wedi line including building panels, prefabricated niches, and drains.  We hope to see you there!

Ditra-Heat Goes Public

Close Up of Ditra-Heat Mat with Warming Cable Inserted  Exposed Layers of Ditra-Heat, Warming Cable, Thinset & Tile

As we post this, it is 0°F in the Capital District, no better time for Schulter to permit sales of its much anticipated Ditra-Heat. When you install this electric floor warming system, you will be able to realize all the benefits of Ditra — crack prevention, waterproofing, and vapor management — and keep your porcelain or stone tile floor warm.  And you will like the fact that the whole Ditra-Heat system only raises your warmed floor’s height 1/4″.  As such, you will only have to deal with an insignificant height transition from the adjoining, non-heated floor to your comfortably warm tile floor.  Want more information?  Read this: DitraHeat-DataSheet