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ABOUT ME

My Story

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I’ve had a bit of a winding twenty year journey with tile. The son of a general contractor in a small Colorado mountain town, I learned to work with my hands at an early age—construction, framing, masonry, stonework, carpentry and so on. When the opportunity presented itself to apprentice under a master tile setter during high school breaks, I jumped at the opportunity to actually make some money doing what I enjoyed. Then while I attended college to become a systems engineer, I started my own tile business, doing both residential and commercial tile installation around the Front Range. After graduation, I spent the next fifteen years working as an engineer and cloud architect in the telecom industry. But I just couldn’t fully pull myself away from construction and tile.

My wife (and high school sweetheart) Heather and I have taken on several remodels during our marriage including fully gutting and flipping a 2700 square foot mountain house. After we sold the cabin, we realized we had been bitten by the project bug—a constant internal battle for Heather, who loves the design process, selecting the materials and living with the final product but forgets how much she dislikes it taking up all of our free time. She writes about our design and construction process, lessons learned and her project amnesia at ihateprojects.com. Now we’ve found the perfect balance—a local family-owned business that allows us to contribute in a meaningful way to the community we love all while training the next generation of tile artisans.

One of the most interesting parts about tiling for so long is getting to witness so many shifting design and install trends. When I started out, natural stone and rustic, honed travertine were all the rage. By the mid-2010s, ceramics and subway tile, in particular, were making a major comeback (think Joanna Gaines on Fixer Upper). Glass tiles shifted from small squares to penny rounds, and bold Art Deco patterned tiles started to make a splash. Interesting shapes—fan, pickett, hexagon—have become staples for kitchens and baths, and color trends have shifted from earth tones to grey and white to vivid splashes and back again.

With that experience comes great wisdom—trends don’t last long. So when choosing materials, pick things that you truly love whether they’re in vogue or not. Then if the trend swings drastically in the opposite direction, you’ll still be satisfied with your design because it reflects your personal style and not a short-lived craze. Or if picking materials isn’t your thing—you just know you need a change—visit our Design page.

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