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RE: jodi in so calif---your tile backsplash? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: jodi_in_so_calif on 03.31.2008 at 12:08 am in Kitchens Forum

BB, the Fire and Ice will always vary because of the wide range of colors in the quartz they use. We stressed out a bit about what the overriding tone would be at first and actually had the installer replace a few strips that were too light or too dark but overall when it was done it just didn't matter because it looked great.

You should know though that the darkest of the glass tiles (dark Amber) does not come with the backsplash, we purchased a square foot of the 2" glass pieces (~$25) and had the installer replace some of the white glass that comes standard from Jeffrey Court. You'll have to look closely to see the white glass, I count nine of them in the picture below.

We bought the dark Amber glass from a place in San Juan Capistrano, CA called Morena Tile (link below).

To answer your question ... our backsplash is more tan than gray. It looks pretty much as you see in the photo below. Our cabinets however are much lighter than the photo shows (not that you asked :-).

Kitchen backsplash and Aspire outlets


Here is a link that might be useful: Morena Tile


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RE: jodi in so calif---your tile backsplash? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: jodi_in_so_calif on 03.15.2008 at 06:02 pm in Kitchens Forum

Thanks Kristen. The Fire & Ice Quartz Brick I think is more expensive than your standard backsplash materials for a number of reasons.

1. Fire & Ice is a fairly new to market having been just been introduced in 2007

2. There are a variety of sizes and colors of quartz brick plus two different colors of 2" x 2" glass to consider

3. Each piece of quartz brick has to be cut a particular length and mounted on a 12" x 12" net backing so it will fit like a puzzle into the next square

The $14-$16 sq ft price I quoted on another post did not include the cost of installation. We don't know what installation cost because it was included in the quote our contractor gave us and we didn't ask him to break it down for us.

The Fire & Ice was actually a choice we had to make at the very last minute. Our first choice was a silver-grey tumbled slate that was a lovely light, bright shimmery silver. By the time we got around to actually doing our kitchen remodel, the slate was coming out of the quarry as a medium blue. I didn't even recognize the tile when our designer showed us a new sample she had received. We went into panic mode and quickly looked at more backsplash samples she had.

By now our granite (Impala Black) and cabinets (Cherry with a Brandy stain and chocolate glaze) had been installed and we realized the silver-gray would not have been much of a statement but when we found the Fire & Ice, we knew it was perfect. But before we found the Fire & Ice, we saw silver-gray at the Great Indoors or Expo (also now a med blue) and noted for the first time, the actual cost, which was $3.44 square foot. When the $15 sq ft cost of Fire & Ice hit us, it didn't much matter, we only needed 50 sq feet and it was so perfect we never even considered looking any further.



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RE: jodi in so calif---your tile backsplash? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: aussies on 03.13.2008 at 09:05 pm in Kitchens Forum

I was thinking the same thing! I managed to find this previous thread titled "Show me your mini-brick backsplash...", where jodi_in_so_calif provided more information about it --

"The name of the tile designer is Jeffrey Court and he is here in California. On his web site you can find the brick under Products: Chapter 9: Pietra Opus: Quartz Brick Fire and Ice. It's about $14-16 a sq. ft."

Also, here is a link to jodi_in_so_calif's photobucket:

Love the spice rack too ... don't have any info on that though :)


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