Breaking News: ModOp Goes for the Echo Collection

Design runs in Alexandra Becket‘s blood—her grandfather, architect Welton Becket, was responsible for some of the most iconic buildings in Los Angeles, including the Capitol Records building, the Music Center and the Beverly Hilton. Alexandra Becket got her start as a textile designer and has had her wall hangings, paintings and home accessories shown at galleries around her LA hometown. In 2010 she and her husband, Greg Steinberg launched ModOp Design, a home renovation company.

One of their newest projects, in LA’s Beverly Grove neighborhood, is a sensitively restored mix of old and new. And, it’s near and dear to us at Granada Tile—they covered a bathroom floor in cement tile in our Echo Collection’s Sofia tile design.

Granada Tile’s Sofia tile design for the floor tiles in a bathroom by the Mod Op design team. Tile photo, courtesy Alexandra Becket.

A Spanish-style charmer, the house still had many of its original details intact but certainly needed updates here and there. In particular, the couple gave the bathroom a substantial makeover, with elements both contemporary and vintage-inspired. There’s a glass-walled shower and of-the-moment, custom-built vanities. Then there are the original windows, which they painstakingly restored, the claw-foot tub, the period-perfect light fixtures and the subway tile lining the walls—but done in a chic sage. The cement floor tiles, in our Sofia pattern, add color and Spanish-style flavor to match the rest of the house.

Granada Tile is so pleased to be a part of this tile installation. Keep checking back for more new tile pictures featuring our concrete tiles.

Get to Know: Milano

Italians have a way with scraps and leftovers. Think of their cucina povera, or peasant cooking—cooks take humble bits and pieces and transform them into transcendent dishes. Terrazzo springs from a similar impulse. Six hundred years or so ago, Venetian craftsman started using leftover marble scraps to create flooring. Years of experimentation followed and eventually yielded a technique that produced a beautiful, durable surface found on the floors of great houses, churches and beyond.

At Granada Tile, we have our own take on terrazzo. We call it the Milano Collection.

Granada Tile’s terrazzo-like Milano cement tiles cover the floor of a library. Image, Granada Tile

Our thin Milano Collection cement tiles offer incredible versatility. Each tile has a body of white cement. Into the cement we mix pigment and pieces of marble (in four sizes: tiny, small, medium and large). We form the cement tiles in molds, press them hydraulically, cure them and polish them.

Our Milano Collection of cement tile comes in a vibrant green option. Image, Granada Tile

The Milano Collection of cement tiles also comes in a vivid red. Image, Granada Tile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We manufacture the concrete tiles in both polished and non-slip finishes. Use our cement tiles in our polished finish in kitchens, commercial settings and in other dry areas. Use our non-slip finish concrete tiles in bathrooms, spas, patios or wherever else things might get a little slippery.

Installed, the Milano Collection cement tiles lend cool refinement to any space. Install the cement tiles over an expansive living and dining area as Granada Tile clients recently did in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. The polished surfaces in the airy room create an relaxed, yet still elegant, beachside retreat.

Cement tiles from the Milano Collection cover the floors in a condo in Nicaragua. Image, Granada Tile

Interested in adding cement tiles from the Milano Collection to your next project? Contact us! We can’t wait to help!

Toolbox: Customize It!

Granada Tile‘s clients love working with us because we focus on custom cement tile. Need our concrete tile pattern Sofia in blues and yellows? Just ask. We can do it. Have an idea for your own pattern? Maybe you saw something during your travels or need a design in just the right scale. Tell us. Granada Tile adores working with you—taking your inspiration and translating it into unique cement tiles.

Anyone can customize our designs. The best place to start is with the Echo Collection’s interactive catalogue. Select the concrete tile size you’re interested in (we offer 10 by 10, eight by eight, six by six, four by four, four by eight, plus eight by eight corner and border options). Choose your pattern. Maybe it’s the delicate foliate design of Montalcino in our eight by eight size.

The delicate foliate design of Montalcino. Image, Granada Tile.

Then choose your view. Select from a standard carpet layout, or, if you’re looking to install the concrete tiles in a bathroom or entryway, you can try those, too. It makes it easier to envision what your cement tiles will look like once they’re in. Now start adding color by dragging shades from the palette on to the sample tile.

Changing colors is easy! Image, Granada Tile.

Voila! You’ve created your very own custom cement tile . Once you’ve designed your tile, you can easily estimate your cost by clicking the estimate your cost button. If you’d like to see and feel a sample—live with it for a little while—just click on the order this tile button and up pops a form to do just that.

Since we make customization so easy, we’ve built quite a following among architects and designers in Los Angeles and beyond—we offer them virtually unlimited options for concrete tile in their projects. For Morel’s French Steakhouse and Bistro at The Palazzo in Las Vegas, Ralph Gentile Architects laid our Provence cement tile pattern on the restaurants floor in a mix of blue, chocolate and white.

The cement Provence tiles adds perfectly French flair to Morel’s French Steakhouse and Bistro at the Palazzo in Las Vegas. Image, Granada Tile.

In Houston, Jennifer Hamelet, of Mirador Builders, went the cement tile pattern Sofia in a custom colorway. She used the cement tiles throughout the residence—not just on a covered terrace. It creates a unified feel, and the warm tones of the cement tiles harmonize with the Spanish feel of the house.

Earthy tones of the cement tile in our Sofia pattern complement the Spanish-style elegance of a Houston house. Image, Granada Tile.

While the options afforded by our Echo Collection are nearly limitless, we can also craft cement tile designs from our clients’ own designs. We worked with artist Michelle Weinberg to create custom cement tiles for Shadow Canopy, a piece commissioned by Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places for the county’s reconstructed GSA Trade Shops facility. In all, she used 3,000 square feet of cement tile from Granada Tile for the project.

Michelle Weinberg used a mix of custom-designed geometric cement tiles for Shadow Canopy. Image, Paul Clemence.

We also manufactured a custom pattern for Mark Zeff. Inspired by Italian markets, his design for Mercato di Vetro in West Hollywood is a chic take on the traditional. The custom tiles, in black and white, make a bold statement.

Mark Zeff asked Granada Tile to create custom cement tiles for Mercato di Vetro in West Hollywood. Image, Granada Tile.

So, if you’re looking to build, renovate, add or change, look no further than Granada Tile. Your choices are too many to count!

 

Mix & Match: Pairing Echo and Rustico

Versatility. It’s a mantra here at Granada Tile. Use our cement tiles inside or out. Place the concerete tiles on walls, floors, fireplaces or wherever else your imagination takes you. Opt for custom colors or patterns. You can even combine stunning cement tiles from our multiple collections to create even more variety.

One of our favorite ideas mixes our brightly colored and pattern cement tiles from our  flagship Echo Collection with the warm, terracotta-like finish of tiles from our Rustico Collection.

Cement tiles from our Rustico and Echo Collections help create a relaxes atmosphere. Image, Granada Tile.

In the case of a covered terrace, the client paired 12-inch-square cement tiles from our Rustico collection in red and orange with six-inch-square Toulon and Santa Fe concrete tiles from our Echo Collection. The earthy tones of the Toulon and Santa Fe cement tiles complement the warm, sun-baked hues of the Rustico Collection concrete tiles and  conjure up a feel of relaxed, tropical elegance.

For your next project, why not trying to mix and match with Granada Tile?

Get the Look: Inspired by Casa Romantica

Say you live in a traditional Spanish-style house somewhere in the Southwest. It’s got great bones—not to mention some extraordinary, though battered, tile work. Or maybe you fell in love with a place that suffered mightily at the hands of a previous owner’s decorative impulses, leaving you with peeling linoleum and period details from a period you might prefer to forget. If you’re in the latter boat and starting from scratch, fear not. Granada Tile is your ticket to classic Spanish-style nirvana.

Before you start perusing our cement tiles, you might be in the need of a little direction, so if you’re looking for a little inspiration to recapture the lost tile glory before you start, we’ve got just the place. Casa Romantica, where we recently shared a visit with you, is famed for its amazing details. Its cement tiles, inside and out, are the ideal setting to your creative juices flowing before tackling your own project.

A medallion set among daisies at Casa Romantica. Image, Granada Tile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, inspiration is great, but it only takes you so far. That’s where Granada Tile comes in, because our collection of concrete tiles ranges from the contemporary designs to patterns that would look perfectly at home at Casa Romantica. Normandy, for example, has a similar feel to the tiles lining an arcade at the property. Maybe even more importantly, you can choose a color combination that matches the original’s dark yellows, luscious corals and piney greens.

An opulent pattern lining a walkway on the property. Image, Granada Tile

 

Taking a page from Casa Romantica, try Normandy from our Echo Collection. Image, Granada Tile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you love the idea of a cement tile “carpet” just like the one in an indoor/outdoor room at Casa Romantica, we can help there, too! Try taking another of our densely patterned concrete tile designs, say Iznik, and then surrounding it with with cement tiles from our Rustico or Antique collections.

You can create your own version of one of Casa Romantica’s tile carpets at your own casa. Image, Granada Tile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Besides cement tile collections that visually evoke the spirit of great period houses like Casa Romantica, our concrete tiles are manufactured in a time-honored way. You’re not just using tiles that look right—you’re using cement tiles that’re made right.

Have you been inspired by historic tiles? Share your stories with us!

Breaking News: Rustico Takes Center Stage in Nicaragua

Have you heard about Granda Tile‘s Rustico Tile Collection? Just like our flagship Echo Collectionof cement tile, the Rustico Tile Collection is made of concrete, so it’s tough and beautiful—evoking the warm tones, rich textures and timeless beauty of terracotta. And, given our painstaking manufacturing process, each and every cement Rustico Collection tile is unique! The cement tiles come in a variety of shapes and colors, from simple squares to more complex picket combinations.

Our classic Hexagon pattern in a large size. Image, Granada Tile.

Recently, several clients in Nicaragua, where we have a manufacturing facility, have chosen concrete tiles from the Rustico Tile Collection as their go-to flooring—inside and out. Mixing color, shape and even installation style, the homes are a tribute to the Rustico Tile Collection’s amazing versatility.

For a contemporary residence in a Spanish-style vein, the clients opted for square cement tiles from the Rustico Collection. Lining a pathway around the house, the classic design suggests cobbled walks and complements the house’s traditional architecture, while at the same time being very much of the moment.

Square tiles from the Rustico Collection line a pathway. Image, Granda Tile.

Using two sizes of cement tile from the Rustico Tile Collection indoors creates an entirely different mood for another Nicaragua house. By alternating large reddish squares and small black squares of concrete tile, the contrasting effect adds a note of rustic charm to the space.

Rustico for a spectacular pool deck. Image, Granada Tile.

Now Nicaragua is rightly famed for it’s breathtaking landscapes. There are the jungles teeming with myriad plants and animals, along with two coasts’ worth of ocean views. We’re delighted that our concrete tile graces the deck around a pool overlooking the sea. The large-scale cement tiles frame the infinity-edge pool on two sides, helping to lend to the illusion of the water seamlessly dropping into blue depths below. Though understated, the size of the concrete tiles, their color and their sensuous texture enhance the drama of the space.

Rustico for a spectacular pool deck. Image, Granada Tile.

These are marvelous houses—made even better with cement tiles from Granada Tile! If you’ve recently used Granada Tiles in a project, please don’t forget to share your images with us.

Color Change: Serengeti

It’s amazing how just changing the color of Granada Tile‘s cement tiles can transform a pattern—not to mention an entire space. Our concrete tiles in simple black and white might lend a classic feel to any wall, fireplace, floor or backsplash. Choose the same pattern but opt instead for a bright blue and white, and you’ve created a poppy, contemporary look.

Take our pattern Serengeti, for example. At the Terranea Resort and Spa on the Pacific, just south of Los Angeles, the designers from BAMO specified our cement tiles for two different floors. For the Catalina Kitchen, which operates all day, the designers went for the  concrete tile design in cream and white. It’s a cement tile color combination that we carry in stock (we have stock of many of our most popular patterns), and in the casual, chic dining room, it’s an elegant addition.

Serengeti in black and white looks flawless in the Catalina Kitchen at the Terranea Resort & Spa. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Now look at what happens when the designers from BAMO covered the floor in the Terranea Grill in Serengeti—but in a custom blue and white color combination. Mixed with the comfy armchairs and blue Moroccan pendant fixtures, the concrete tile installation fits the restaurant’s casual feel.

Casual and comfortable with Serengeti in blue and white. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

To see how a little color change can transform your tiles, don’t forget to try our custom design tool and be sure to share it on the Share Designs page. While you’re there, check out what others have done with Serengeti, too!

Living History: A Visit to Casa Romantica

Here at Granada Tile, we seriously love concrete tile. Not only do we eat, sleep, and breathe cement tile at work, we love checking it out in our spare time, too! Our home base in Los Angeles means that we’re never very far away from great historic houses with amazing Spanish Revival­–style concrete floor tiles, wall tiles, bathroom tiles and kitchen tiles—it’s a veritable tile feast in Southern California. One of our favorites spots to visit (and get a little inspiration) is Casa Romantica (casaromantica.org), just down the 5 Freeway in San Clemente.

The city of San Clemente traces its founding back to developer Ole Hanson, who envisioned “a Spanish village by the sea.” The homes there—one of the first master-planned communities in California—would be white stucco topped with red tile roofs reminiscent of Mediterranean architecture. For his own place (completed in 1927), Hanson enlisted architect Carl Lindbom and searched the world to find furnishings and materials, including some outstanding cement tiles. Financial difficulties forced Hanson to sell the expansive house with its sweeping views of the Pacific, and it passed through several owners, acquiring the name Casa Romantica in the process.

Just a hint of the amazing cement tile installations at Casa Romantica. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Today, thanks to a well-timed donation that saved the property, Casa Romantica functions as a cultural hub of San Clemente. Its keyhole doorway draws visitors from all over the world to see its gracious gardens and architecture. For us, though, what really gets our hearts beating is cement tile installations inside and out. They give us tile-philes a great chance to get inspired by color and pattern—and get some new ideas about using cement tiles.

Take the arcade around the central courtyard. It features floor tiles arranged in a carpet-like effect with a pattern of repeating sunbursts in gold and green (with red and blue accents) at the heart of the design. Around the perimeter the colors are repeated in diamond patterns. The tile installation would translate either inside or out, and the abstract design would be at home in any space.

Part of an arcade with cement tile floors around an interior courtyard at Casa Romantica. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

There’s more everywhere. Against the elegant minimalism of an indoor/outdoor room—complete with a beehive fireplace—cement tile floors in a traditional pattern form a colorful, durable carpet. It’s a classic interpretation of the Spanish Colonial Revival style and one of the reasons Casa Romantica is considered one of the greatest examples around.

An eye-catching tile carpet. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

So if you’re in the LA area, a trip to Casa Romantica is an easy jaunt, and if you’re from out of town, it’s well worth taking a trip down to the OC. Just don’t forget to take some tile pictures. The site also offers programs including a speaker series, artistic workshops and music. All that—and some extraordinary tile!

Toolbox: Getting to Know Share Designs

One of the most exciting developments on Granada Tile‘s redesigned website are the host of design features—allowing you to explore the tremendous versatility of our collection of cement tile. We’re so excited about all the tools that we’ll be using The Cement Tile Blog (another favorite new addition) to introduce them. First up is the Share Designs section.

It’s easy to get lost in the beautiful concrete tile designs in Share Designs—our interactive inspiration board. Architects, designers and other tile lovers have already come up with hundreds of stunning cement tile designs using our Echo Collection’s interactive catalog and have posted them to Share Designs. You can search the section in two ways. If New Share Designs page on Granada Tile websitethere’s a particular pattern you like and want to see how others have interpreted it, search by pattern. If you’re interested in a particular person’s take on Granada Tile‘s concrete tiles, you can search by name. So if you’re a fan of the work of landscape designer Judy Kameon, of Elysian Landscapes, you can find her ideas on Share Designs. Of course you can also scroll through and let your fancy be your guide. If you see a design you like, simply click on it, and it will be saved to your own design portfolio.

You can add your own tile designs to Share Designs, too! It’s easy. Just save the tile designs you created using the Echo Collection’s interactive catalog. Just pick a cement tile style, say, for example, Sofia. Choose a color scheme you like—maybe in Blue, Sky, Dawn, Mist, Sage and Coral (see below)—and save the completed cement tile design in your portfolio.

Customizing the colors of the Sofia design in Granada Tile's Echo Collection

Once you’re in your portfolio, click the lock beneath the concerete tile pattern so it’s in the unlocked position. It will post automatically to the Share Designs page. Clicking on others’ cement tile designs will automatically save them to your portfolio.

Maybe your tile design will inspire someone else.

The Installation Equation: The Fez Phenomenon

Meet Fez.

Fez, part of Granada Tile’s Echo Collection of cement tile, is a bit of a chameleon. You’ll find Fez right at home in busy urban cafes where the vibe is cool and the coffee is hot. Fez can be found making an entrance and even brightening up a small residential kitchen. As floor tiles or wall tiles, Fez’s versatility can’t be overstated.

Don’t just take our word for it! Some of our favorite designers have used Fez in all sorts of projects. See for yourself how this concrete tile design can work its magic for you.

Intelligentsia Coffee‘s first LA outpost immediately won raves not just for its amazing coffee but also for architect Barbara Bestor‘s artful design, which gives cement tile—namely Fez —a starring role. Bestor made the most of the concrete tiles’ flexibility by using Fez to cover the patio and interior floors, making the transition between inside and out seamless.

Chic cement tile sets the state for the experience to come at Intelligentsia Coffee. Tile photo, Granada Tile

Going a step further, she used the cement tiles up the sides of the bar, too, so much of the lower half of the space is a riot of Fez. Beneath the marble countertops and blonde wood walls, the concrete tile walls’ bold pattern provides as much of a jolt as the shop’s legendary coffee.

Barbara Bestor used an unbroken expanse of Fez in Intelligentsia Coffee’s first LA location. Tile photo, Granada Tile

Fez works equally well in environments where space is at a premium. Take the case of a small kitchen with a period feel by Design Vidal. By Fez for the tile backsplash, Design Vidal brought a visual punch to a compact area. The blue-and-white of the kitchen tiles plays well against the cabinets’ yellow and contributes a modern flair.

Cement tile for a kitchen with a retro feel. Tile photo, Susanne Hayek Photography

Going for colorful Fez is always a fun choice, but opting to go neutral with it has its own chic rewards. The owners of one house went with Fez in black and white to pave the ground outside. A visitor’s first look at Fez begins at the sidewalk, where the concerete tile installation jumps out from the surrounding cement. Though the tones are similar, the elegant cement tile design announces that something lovely is just beyond the gate.

Fez marks the transition from the street into a secluded courtyard. Tile photo, Granada Tile

Have you used Fez in a project recently? We’d love to see your tile pictures.