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Installation Stories: Handpainted Gets a Custom Look

Installation Stories: Handpainted Gets a Custom Look

Buckminster Green is a full-service remodeling company based in Philadelphia with a focus on environmentally sustainable building and design.  This talented crew has been working on a client's 1850's colonial row house ,and recently finished the final stage of the project–The first floor.  This last step included a kitchen, dining room and living room, all within an open floor plan.  Buckminster Green was faced with the challenge of choosing a kitchen design and backsplash Tile that offered style, while complementing the overall design of the open space.  The winner?  Our Classic Cuerda Seca Handpainted Design, Lugo in a fully custom color palette.  We took a minute to chat with Buckminster Green's owner, Kenny Grono about the project and their Fireclay Tile experience.

Hi Kenny!  First of all how did Buckminster Green hear about Fireclay Tile?

Kenny – We heard about Fireclay through Earthstone Tile Works in Philadelphia. Our clients enjoyed the ability to completely customize the color of their Handpainted tile and see an actual sample of what the finished tile would look like with the colors of their choice before purchasing. 

What did the kitchen look like before the remodel?

Kenny – The house is a Colonial row house dating to the 1850's and located in Philadelphia's Society Hill neighborhood. We have worked on several projects at this home over the years and the final step of the project was to redo the first floor for our clients. As you can tell from the before pictures, the layout is similar, though we actually moved the arched opening out 2 feet into the dining room to enlarge the kitchen.

What type of look were you going for?

Kenny – As the kitchen is visible from the whole first floor, we wanted a look that transitioned from the more formal dining and living room to something a bit less formal with more color. 

How did you come up with your color scheme and design?

Kenny – Our clients agonized over the colors but it was worth it. The final product is perfect!

Why did you choose to use a Classic Cuerda Seca Handpainted pattern?

Kenny – Our customers were drawn to the bold yet classic patterns in the collection, and the opportunity to customize the color scheme.  

How did the installation process go? Did you face any challenges? Did you work with a tile installer?

Kenny – Our tile installer Jason Ferraro at Earthstone is terrific. We had no issues. 

Did you work with a designer?

Kenny – Buckminster Green's in-house designer, Bronwyn Reice was the designer on this project.  We were assisted with the tile design by Tiffany Ferraro at Earthstone Tileworks.

Thanks for sharing your project with us, Kenny!

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