Installation of stone and ceramic tiles can be very
expensive. It is a tragedy when you pay lots of dollars      
for something that is suppose to look great and doesn't.
We are committed to giving our customers high

quality and appealing workmanship with every job.
Where the floor tile meets this stone
wall, the tile needed to be curved cut.
Competent tile setters can do this type
of work in a matter of 15 to 20 minutes
per tile.
Notice the diagonal pattern
on the back splash.

At the corner, the joints
should line up for a smooth
transition from one wall to
the next wall.

This is one sign of expert
tile work. The pattern
should flow.

Notice how the angles meet
perfectly! This happens with careful
Cut tiles around drains should look this
good with either large or small tiles. At
left we have 3/4"x 3/4" tiles and above
we have 4"x 4" tiles. Both tiles here are
tumbled marble.
The quality of your tile job depends on two factors:

1) The decisions made about the type of installation
2) The workmanship of the tile setter

Type of installation:
Does the appearance of the tile selected reflect
your over all vision for the area?
Has your tile contractor scoped out potential
problems and offered solutions?
Will the 'thin set' method work here?  (see our
Pricing section)
The Workmanship:
Have the difficulties been resolved?
Has the prep work been done correctly to prevent a tile failure?
Is the tile contractor using the proper setting materials for the
Has the best 'lay out' been determined in advance of tile being

Generally speaking, what happens under the tile is as important as
the final product. But it is the final product that we see and you will
want certain things:

1) You will want tile lines to be straight, level and plumb
2) You will want the tile to be at a minimum reasonably flat. If this        
   can't be done because of the situation, it should
look flat.
3) The tile pattern should be 'laid out' in such a way as to reduce         
   the number of small cuts. The tile pattern should be preferably         
  'centered'. This is not always the case but is a good rule of thumb.
4) Tile cuts at any location, whether around angled walls, drains,         
   curves, and so on should conform to that surface. Grout should       
   not fill large voids because the tile wasn't cut properly.
5) Attention should be paid to details.
Tile work should be flat. At this fireplace, a wavy
wall would be a disaster with these glass tiles.