Jennifer C., Other/Just Looking in Los Angeles, CA

What do you recommend when looking for a good kitchen and bath store that provides tiles?

Asked by Jennifer C., Los Angeles, CA Fri Jun 3, 2011

I was wondering what is the best way to go about finding a kitchen and bath store that provides tiles. Are there questions I can ask? Does anyone have good recommendations or opinions on tile providers in the Los Angeles aera?

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Jennifer C.’s answer
Thanks so much for all of our feedback. I used Meridian Kitchen and Bath located in Los Angeles on Westwood. I purchased close to $5,000 worth of bathroom tiles this past Feb and had a very disappointing experience with them. They told me that any extra tiles would be returnable minus a 35% restocking fee, which I was totally cool with, and then I drove the tiles over there and they told me they were not refundable.

I am not going to do business with them moving forward, so I do appreciate all of your feedback on this. I'm looking for a tile company that believes in customer service.

@Deborah - LA tile works sounds perfect. I will check them out. Thank you.

@Ron - I just called Synder Diamond and they don't do much in tiles. Thank you though.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 6, 2011
The most important thing is your installer - check references. A good installer will do a phenomenal job and it will look great for years to come; a poor intstall job will result in cracking and then you've wasted a lot of time and money since it's not cheap to repair.

Most tile stores only offer tile; some do both. Those that only do tile will often recommend installers, but remember some of them are getting kickbacks for recommending people they know.

Not sure if there is a Floor Coverings International near you - we do both material + labor. If not, focus on a tile sotre, not a kitchen & bath store - you'll bprob have more variety and better pricing for the tiles.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 5, 2011
You get what you pay for. If you're on a limited budget your options are also limited.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 4, 2011
http://www.latileworks.com
I love LA Tlleworks. They have designer glass, subway, travertine, heath ceramic....etc.....! Great installers and design assistance. Can't go wrong.
Best,
Deborah Bremner
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 3, 2011
I like to recomend Select Marble. They are very nice, and have great local showroom to give you idea of what is possible. They are a full service firm which will be able to provide all services, from design, material and labor.

2130 Cotner Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90025-5714 - (310) 478-3888
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 3, 2011
First off, Don't join direct buy.
Second, Hire a quality tile person.
Here is a good question to ask...What is an expansion joint?
if they don't know, then they don't know their profession.
Answer: an expansion joint is a 1/8 inch gap between the tiles and the wall or 2 large areas of tile to allow for the house settling, etc. otherwise, tile will crack or bow up.

As for materials I like to go to Bedrosians in Anaheim, its a little further out but they stock a lot of quality stuff, plus they're in the tile mile so there are other stores to choose from.
714 778 8453

Matt Silva
Broker/Contractor
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 3, 2011
It all depends on your budget...
I like Snyder Diamond... http://www.snyderdiamond.com/ they tend to be expensive, but you can get ideas there and then try to do your own version of it that fits the budget...

Tile, fixtures, color, light and design all have to gel together to create a "wow" bathroom experience.

Please don't make the mistake of buying very expensive tiles and then install the tiles yourself or have a friend doing it (unless they are truly experts). The quality of the workmanship is paramount...

Best of luck!

Ron Escobar, MBA
Broker & General Contractor
Web Reference: http://www.lacs1.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 3, 2011
Quality and thickness is everything pay a little more!
Web Reference: http://www.CAcertified.com
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