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A Well-Received Renovation Proposal

Below is a presentation board I prepared for a to-be-renovated men’s locker room.  The proposal was well received by the members.  I was especially happy with the way the warm gray carpeting complimented the veining of the marbleized wall tile, the hexagon floor tile, the quartz counter tops and the richly colored furnishings.     
Presentation Board for Men's Club Locker Room Renovation

We’ve Got Our “N” Back

3Thank you to the many customers who encouraged us to replace the missing “N” from our 1970s-era sign on the street-side wall of our building.  We did it!  Below we have included an early 2000s photograph of Sarah in front of the sign, a photograph of the sign during the all too long period without the “N,” and a current photograph of the sign with the newly minted “N” in its proper place!  (Finally.)

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.

21st Century Victorian

We love it when our clients share with us!  These photos show a front entry/foyer in a Victorian home in Johnstown, NY.  The owner is on a mission to painstakingly renovate this beautiful home to its former glory and bring into the 21st century.  For the space, she chose Walker Zanger’s Rue de Pierre, a collection of stone tile with a ‘brushed’ surface that is not polished and not honed, but somewhere in between.  The large-scaled white marble octagon and black dot are a nod to an era gone by but very much a part of the here and now.  Thank you so much for sharing!  Keep the project photos coming!



LVT in Your Shed?

It can be done!  When installing luxury vinyl tile (“LVT”) in a three-season room or a shed, you will want to make sure you choose a waterproof product as Stainmaster PetProtect LVF.  You should generally be able to use the glueless version of the product, although you may wish to include glue down any part of the floor that is in direct sunlight.  The optimal temperature range for LVT is generally between 50°F and 100°F.  If you are worried that the room temperature will get outside of this range, you will want: to install the LVT so as to leave an open buffer at the base of each wall and to sectionalize the LVT so that no one section exceeds 500 SF.  The shed shown below measured just under 200 SF.

LVT being installed as shed flooring.



Aging in Place

Yesterday, Sally Carpenter was a guest lecturer at a two-day seminar offered by the Greater Capital Association of Realtors.©  The seminar’s creator – Lisbeth Calandrino of Fabulous Floors magazine – asked Sally to speak at the seminar.  Sally spoke on how to best adapt one’s home to best facilitate “aging in place” and allowing an aging homeowner to stay his or her home for as long as possible.  Among other matters, Sally addressed flooring, kitchen, and bathroom accessibility changes that can greatly improve a home’s livability for seniors.  Sally will be attending the upcoming lecture by Lynda G. Shrager, author of Age in Place: A Guide to Modifying, Organizing and Decluttering Mom and Dad’s Home.  That lecture will be held at The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza at 6 pm on Thursday, May 3rd.     See you there?

TU Home Design Award Contest Winner

Yesterday, in its Sunday edition, the Times Union announced its 2018 Home Design Awards contest winners. Meghan Baltich of Blairhouse Interiors Group was this year’s grand prize winner. We are happy to note that the winning bathroom design, as developed by Meghan Baltich and Patricia Richards of Blairhouse Interiors Group was created with stone tiles and borders provided by Albany Tile, Carpet & Rug. We are very grateful to Meghan and Patricia for letting us be a part of the gorgeous — award winning — bathroom they created.

Wool is the best!

What a transformation!  The City Beer Hall, a local gastropub located in what was once the site of the famous Ogdens restaurant in downtown Albany, enlisted us to find appropriate period carpeting for the stairs leading to its second floor.  Because the pub is housed in an older building with lots of historical detail, it was important to find carpeting that reflected its classic, traditional vibe.  But the carpet also needed to be very durable and easy to clean and maintain.  The choice was a patterned, wool carpet.  The wool carpet looks great and will perform for many, many years to come!


ASID Needs Your Advice!

Albany Tile, Carpet & Rug’s Sarah (Sally) Carpenter recently returned from a weekend meeting for the new board members of the regional chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (“ASID.”)   This fall, she officially began a two-year term on the board as its professional development officer. Like many other professions, interior designers are required to engage in continuing education to stay current with technology, codes, and emerging trends to maintain their standing in the society and their profession.  The continuing education requirement is in addition to a formal education in design and professional testing for those who wish to call themselves a professional interior designer.  Sally is busy becoming familiar with her new board position and will keep us posted with upcoming student and professional ASID events.  Designer, or just a design enthusiast, do you have any ideas you can share with Sally for design related events?  Please feel free to contact her at [email protected] with your ideas or if you have any questions about becoming a part of the design community and ASID.

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.