Archives for August 2017

Hudson Bay building revival

Then-And-Now Putting a venerable institution into another’s historic location is a design challenge that requires both creativity and the ability to meet municipal by-laws protecting the look of an old neighbourhood. ATB Financial, founded in 1938 as Alberta Treasury Branches, tasked the architecture firm Lemay + Toker with relocating its 9th Avenue branch in Calgary, […]

Quartzite stone sets off architectural designs

The turquoise of Amazonite by Antolini is said to dramatically stand out against the emerald green background while the soft nuances of taupe and black soothe the aquatic accents. The polished 2 cm quartzite stone is suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications.

Brick veneer installation mimics ceramic tile process

Royal Thin Brick is a brick veneer product from Ironrock that installs like ceramic tile. After firing, the product is tumbled to capture the essence of reclaimed brick, the company says. The veneer color palette consists of single tones and blends that are said to be reminiscent of the character of worn brick from a […]

Shower pan features trench barrier free design

The Redi Trench Barrier Free shower pan from Tile Redi is a one-piece, pre-pitched shower pan with an integrated roll-in entrance, built-in splash walls and an integrated trench drain. Pans are available in increments from 30 x 60 in. to 42 x 63 in. (depth x width). The shower pans, including ADA-certified shower pan models, […]

Large format ceramic panel tiles

Inspired by blocks originating from the south of France, the Alpes Wide collection from ABK is said to recreate the qualities of natural stone, including homogeneity, elegance and a wealth of detail. The collection of large-format ceramic panels (up to 160 x 320 mm in size) with a thickness of 7 mm is produced using […]

Fast-setting, non-shrinking grout for wide variety of joints

Ultracolor Plus FA with DropEffect technology from Mapei is a fast-setting, non-shrinking grout with fine aggregate for grouting tile and stone joint widths from 1/16 to ¾ in. (1.5 to 19 mm). The fine aggregate formulation makes the product an all-in-one grout replacement for sanded and un-sanded grouts. The technology is said to reduce surface […]

Natural stone available in 20 patterns

The Talya Collection from Marble Systems designed by Sara Baldwin is said to be a beautiful, lyrical mix of water jet designs that are at home in the bath, kitchen or grand entry. Now available in over 20 patterns, the collection provides a refined study of designs using marble and stone, the company says, intertwining […]

E-letter: Simple rule to prevent backfire

I grouse quite a bit about mass marketing. It deserves it. All it has accomplished so far, besides making a few people rich, is to focus society on its lowest common denominator. H.L. Mencken noted this phenomenon back in 1926: “No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched […]

Tile cutters offer direct view of scoring wheel and cutting line

Lackmond Products has introduced B+BTec tile cutters, manual models engineered with a hardened lightweight aluminum base plate that offers the operator a direct view of the scoring wheel and cutting line. Cutters are manufactured in Europe and made with high quality raw materials utilizing the most advanced manufacturing technology, the company says. Units are available […]

System helps build out shower base size and drain placements

MD Pro has announced its Prova Linear Pan Kit for end drain applications. It features a modular pan and extension system for versatility when building out any desired shower base size and drain placements, the company says. The kit includes 2 pre-sloped pan pieces, 2 side support pieces, 2 filler strip pieces and 2 pan […]