Category Archives: Installations

I Don’t Just Do Tile!

That’s right…although I started in tile, and really enjoy tile work, I’m also skilled in a number of other areas, including driveway paving.

I recently completed this West Vancouver job which demonstrates well how much detail goes into a successful and high-end completed driveway paving project.

If you’re thinking about a project involving driveway paving, or any of my other listed services, feel free to give me a call at 778-322-ETNA (3862)¬†and let’s chat about it.

-Tonino Patane’

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Busy Tile Done Right

I generally have the mantra that a very busy tile should be used in small doses for maximum impact. Likewise, if you have a large space that you’re tiling, then you generally want to opt for a larger-sized tile to keep it from being overwhelming.

However, I came across the following photo which I believe might shoot my theory in the foot:

Source: Atmosphere Interior Design Inc. via

This is an extremely busy tile, but it doesn’t look like “too much” in this space.

Why not?

Let’s break it down:

1) Neutral tile color. This tile is really just composed of several neutrals. If there had been a color thrown into the mix, this space definitely wouldn’t have worked like it does here.

2) Monochromatic room. Because the designer chose to keep the room relatively monochromatic (save for the dark cabinetry of the floating island and the interior shelving surrounding the stove), this room really just acts like a blank canvas and allows for much more backsplash freedom.

So if you’re considering installing a tile like the one pictured above, these are just a couple of things to keep in mind.

-Tonino Patane’

A Roundup of Christmasy Tiled Kitchens

I’m feeling particularly festive today as I finish up my Christmas cards, so I thought today I would share some of my favorite Christmasy kitchen photos.

Do you have a favorite? While I tend to lean towards the more traditional ceramic 4×4, that bianco carrara slab really does have a “wow” factor.

Now I’m off to help get some West Vancouver’s client’s homes ready for the holidays!

-Tonino Patane’

The Pros and Cons of Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile has been the tile “go-to” for decades. In the mecca of all things tile, Italy, it’s second in popularity only to natural stone.

That being said, there are a few things to keep in mind about ceramic tile before you choose it for your tile installation. I’ve compiled the filing list of pros and cons to consider before choosing ceramic tile for your project:

This backsplash used a hand glazed ceramic subway tile to add a punch of color to the kitchen.


– The price is excellent. Ceramic tile tends to be the least expensive option in the tile world.

– Endless color palette. You can find ceramic tile in virtually any color you desire.

– Lots of shapes and sizes. Granted, fun shapes will cost you a bit more. But you can find ceramic tile in squares, briques, mini-circles (called penny-rounds), hexagons, diamonds, etc.

– Easy installation. If you’re installing tile yourself (obviously, I recommend a professional), this is the easiest material to work with.


– Depending on your project, ceramic is not always very durable. It likes to chip, and because it’s not full-bodied (meaning the color doesn’t go all the way through), they will be noticeable.

– Ceramic tile shouldn’t be used in high-traffic areas for the above reason.

This backsplash was designed with alternating ceramic inexpensive way to add a fun pattern.

Overall, it’s a great material and can be extremely versatile. If you have any specific questions about using ceramic tile, feel free to comment, email, or call me and I’ll be happy to help you out.

-Tonino Patane’

“Shaughnessy Golf Course” Tile Job

When I was hired by the Shaughnessy Golf Course to create a dramatic fireplace feature for their lounge, I was thrilled at the challenge. I took photos throughout the process to show the work that actually went into the finished product.

The classic "before" photo

They liked the shape of the fireplace, but it definitely needed some updating. We decided on a custom staggered ledgestone look, to cover the entire wall from floor to ceiling.

Our chosen material

Because we couldn’t find a mesh-mounted tile that was suitable for the look we wanted, we purchased tile that came in separate pieces, as seen above. This meant that I would be piecing together the final design, which actually gave me greater control over the finished product.

Starting from the middle and working around and out

I started the project by framing in the fireplace and expanding from there. That way, the focal point (the fireplace) wasn’t subjected to any awkward cuts or lines. Instead, the tile perfectly lines up all the way around the fireplace itself.

To make the tile look like it wrapped around the fireplace, I used the same pieces I cut from to wrap around the sides. This makes the fireplace look like one solid unit.

Halfway through the job

The alcove above the fireplace was set for the television to be mounted, so we wired the electrical for an easy TV install after the tile was completed.

Laying out tile prior to install

Every section had to be designed and laid out on the ground prior to installation to make sure that the tiles had a natural pattern and the pieces fit together nicely and cohesively.

The finished fireplace

The finished product. The attention to detail in the patterning of the tile paid off; the finished fireplace looks like one solid unit and pays tribute to the rustic charm of the Vancouver terrain.

If you like the look of a fireplace focal point, and need help with your installation, feel free to give me a call at 778-322-ETNA (3862) or email me at for a free consultation!

-Tonino Patane’