Possibly the most exquisite tiling material - prestigious, luxurious and extravagant !
The old Romans and Greeks are well known for their plenty use of marble. And certainly not the only cultures.
Marble can be used raw or polished, but the polished versions are most common. It occurs in various colours, mainly the black and white, as the greenish pink and white are most widely used.
Compared to other natural stones, marble is rather soft. Therefore cutting and polishing can be done quite easily. However it also tends to be quite brittle in some batches. This again includes a higher risk in chipping or breaking when working it. And it should also be avoided in heavily trafficked areas (like in entrances were sand is often carried in with shoes), because it can easily get scratched and its polish marred.
The ideal application for marble is in bathrooms, as it emphasizes the impression of tender softness, warmth and health. And of course adds the touch of luxury to spacious bathrooms !
The later can easily increase the overall value of a home, and is therefore an option for real estate investors to increase the value. In the example presented here, the work I did in two bathrooms in one building, did cost the owner somewhere around $40,000 (for material and my installation). But the house received a purchase offer of $200,000 above the price of the otherwise identical neighbouring house. Not a bad ROI for a month of little mess ?!
This is the one bathroom, very spacious and with a tub.
The decorative band are raw (unpolished) marble pebbles.
The shower is first shown without, then after receiving
its glass stall.