It's fun for us to get involved in the design process when we can, and so when we were approached for some glass tile design expertise by contractor Mark Zimmerman of Desert Metropolitan, we grabbed our swatch cards and got to work!
The project: A guest wing bathroom design, and the homeowner wanted a soothing spa feel that would integrate with her ultra-contemporary style
This light mosaic blend alongside large format porcelain and solid surface counters play on the extremes of scale, hitting her contemporary aesthetic. The color palette added warmth and shimmering handcrafted texture.
1" glass mosaics in White, Ice Blue, and Soft Yellows -
a versatile color palette that can easily go warm or cool.
Several design challenges, unique to contemporary design, were navigated by Luke Denny of Alpentile, and Mark Zimmerman, owner of Desert Metropolitan Construction.
1. A curbless shower was planned into the concrete slab pour, and at the same time, this slot drain placement was planned.
2. Curbless showers with slot drains are the new standard in high end shower design. When planning your project budget, keep in mind that these drains are more costly than standard drains, and the labor required to install them, and tile them in, is also more intensive than a typical drain.
3. The floating bench detail is planned at the framing stage, and Luke installs his mortar bed and waterproofing around stainless steel supports. These penetrations require extra waterproofing:
4. This glass block window was specified to address utilitarian and safety concerns.
Zimmerman wanted a perfectly flat wall, with no reveal from tile to block. Again, this detail was planned during the framing stage so the block installer would leave enough space for our floated mortar bed and the thickness of tile. The result, this tiled feature wall is perfectly flat, full tile, and no need for trim.
These are the details that make contemporary design right
They require extra communication between each trade so all parties work towards a common end.
A visionary contractor like Desert Metropolitan has the experience to know how to navigate this
process and deliver finished product like this bathroom.
Tile Installation: Luke Denny, Alpentile
Design + Build: Mark Zimmerman, Desert Metropolitan
Tile: Oceanside Glasstile