Breaking News: Cement Tiles Fit for an Historic House


A trip through the historic structures of the Golden State proves there’s no shortage of historic cement tile in California. During the heyday of the Spanish Colonial Revival Style, builders, architects and designers installed durable, beautiful concrete tiles in all manner of buildings. Today’s clients opt for cement tile for the same reasons: hard-wearing cement tiles offer unparalleled good looks. Recently, the past and present came together in stunning fashion at a venerable Southern California house designed by one of the leading practitioners of the Spanish Colonial Reviva Style: Carl Lindbom.

 Granada Tile’s Barcelona cement tile design covers the courtyard of a 1920s Southern California house by architect Carl Lindbom. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Closing in on 80 years, the house had seen its fair share history, so the owners were looking to refresh it without compromising its aesthetic integrity. That’s where Granada Tile came in. The clients tapped us to provide new cement tiles, from our flagship Echo Collection, for several outdoor spaces to replace lovely period materials that had simply reached the end of their lives. In for the tile installation in an outdoor courtyard, they installed our Barcelona tile design, a simple, traditional cement tile pattern, in a combination of mustard, green and coral. It sets just the right tone for the space and works happily with the wrought iron light fixtures and period tile picture inset above the fireplace.

 Covering a stairway, our Emperor border provides a bit of color. Tile photo, Granada Tile.

Our clients also incorporated our cement tiles into another concrete tile installation—our Emperor Border tile design paves the risers on an exterior stairway near the Barcelona-tiled courtyard. Set against the sage hue of the treads, the Emperor Border tiles add color and visual fun to a space that could be on the plain side. Plus, it strikes just the right note in its historic surroundings. Whether your working on a brand-new house or reviving a classic, don’t forget to check out Granada Tile. We’re sure we have the right cement tiles for your project. 


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