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Mario Martins - Custom Tile Installer 

Tile Blog & Videos

Mario Martins's blog about tile jobs in progress, before and after shots, interesting things that happen on the job and random thoughts about, well...tile.

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Kitchen Backsplash with White Textured Subway 80/20 Split

Posted on December 29, 2016 at 3:40 PM

Watch the transformation of this kitchen with an expertly laid backsplash in an 80/20 split.

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Basement Bathroom Transformation

Posted on December 26, 2016 at 4:35 PM

Old basement bathrooms are small, cramped and usually have crooked walls. Here's a newly completed project in which walls were straightened, and a set of marble shelves was installed in the shower stall. It looks cleaner, brighter and more spacious.

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Clean white bathroom with mosaic trim

Posted on February 1, 2016 at 6:15 PM

A video slideshow of a small condo bathroom that looks double its size with a simple white subway tile, mosaic trim and stone-grey floors.

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White rustic backsplash laid 70/30

Posted on February 1, 2016 at 6:10 PM

Here's a slideshow taken from a recent tile project in which a backsplash was tiled in a 70/30 split pattern with a stunning white textured tile.

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Straight and level

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 9:05 PM

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This working wood fireplace was transformed into a modern gas one. The owner wanted tile as the surrounds on the wall and floor. Here are some shots of the work in progress.

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Fixing a customer's botched-up tile job

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 5:15 PM

A homeowner attempted to install a slate backsplash into his kitchen. When he had finished, he called me to fix the resulting mess. Here's a brief look at the job and how I fixed it:

 Here's the before shot

Slate is a porous natural material, and as such, ...

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What is the best layout?

Posted on January 21, 2008 at 7:03 PM

The above tile job was not one of mine, but was one that I noticed at a client's house. One of the major reasons I decided to specialize as a tile installer was because I saw shoddy tile work everywhere. One thing that I have always noticed is how bathroom floors are mainly laid out back-to-front...

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How can they sleep at night after creating such shoddy work?

Posted on October 18, 2007 at 11:09 PM


I was called to inspect a tile job completed recently, in which the homeowner was trying to...

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