Home Renovation Turns Up Hidden Problems . . . One Year Later Extensive Use of D&B Tile Throughout Helps Makes The House A Home

When the Adamsky family moved from Philadelphia to Delray Beach, they fell in love with an older home that had good bones but major undisclosed problems with mold, insect infestations, rotting wood and misinformation on the condition of the roof and windows. “We moved to Florida in April of last year from the Philadelphia area. We purchased the house and thought we would do a little remodeling but it became a huge project. As we took down walls, we found mold, bugs and leaks. It took almost a year to finish the project. Our housing inspector missed all of that. I wouldn’t use one of those or recommend them. We found entire walls that were completely rotted. The leaks were not detected by the inspector. The house had been a rental and the owners held it for five years. Whoever sold it to them apparently did not disclose the damages. We were told the roof was new. It wasn’t. The windows were labeled hurricane proof. They were not. They were old and leaking. “We first purchased the flooring and all the other tiles complemented the floor tile. That’s how we chose the tiles. We saw an advertisement for D&B Tile, and found the Delray store close by. When we walked in, I felt comfortable. Cristiane Clark was my salesperson. My husband and I knew which style we wanted; we needed the guidance. She was very helpful in that aspect. She showed us all we wanted to see and related her customers’ experience with these tiles. “Everyone loves the tile we selected. Most ask if we had a designer put this together. We were complementing our wood-look tile in the house. We wanted an accent wall in our media room. Cristiane guided us to the Norstone product. There were two different colors to choose from – grey and black. My husband preferred black, but I wasn’t sure about the color. Cristiane recommended the black and we agreed. We like the contrast between the accent wall and the floors. “My advice to someone purchasing an older home is to walk away. We fell in love with this house but if we had known all the work it needed, we would have walked. You have to look inside the structure itself or possibly purchase a newer home. This house was built in 1979. Apparently no one really took care of it. Rental homes don’t seem to be as well cared for as those owned by individuals. “I really enjoyed working with Cristiane. She made it easy because she was helpful and gave us good advice. We had our own tile contractor but we should have used yours because we had to fire a few of them because of their work. The quality of the tile from D&B Tile is excellent. We are very pleased with our entire experience with D&B Tile, said Mrs. Adamsky. Tiles used in this project include the following: Ebony Black Basalt tiles from Norstone were placed in the media room. These Basalt tiles are a new product from Norstone and are hewn from cooled lava. The modern styling of this tile is perfect for modern kitchens, showers, backsplash walls or accent walls for customers seeking a contemporary design with a natural stone veneer. E&S Wood provided the staggered unfinished barnwood, which is actually recycled wood. This was used behind the wine racks. Buttoned Up Ready to Wear Porcelain tiles from Crossville were used on the bathroom walls. This tile has style that can dress up – or down – to suit any look. Patterned with classic warp and weft texture and tone, Crossville’s Ready-to-Wear Porcelain Stone collection brings touchable, everyday style to floors and walls. A full line of smart-casual shades, speak to a relaxed-yet-refined sensibility that’s effortlessly fashionable and refreshingly approachable. Mixed Grey Reconstituted Pebble by Bati-Orient was used on shower floors. These come in 12x12 interlocking sheets. Bati-Orient searches all continents for numerous and original raw materials. Quality controls are carried out throughout the manufacturing process. Also used on the shower floors was Champagne Rounds Mosaic by Surfaces. These also come in 12x12 sheets. Product used on shower walls was Urban White Porcelain Rectified 12x24 tiles. See all these tiles and much more at any of D&B Tiles’ nine conveniently located stores in South Florida. Remember, the first step to beautiful design is stepping into D&B Tile. Photography and article by G. Richard Booth (954) 295-2154