North Palm Beach Renovation Features Crossville Tile Throughout
When Matt Schmitt and his fiancé Leanne Smith bought their home in North Palm Beach, they knew exactly what they wanted . . . and they found it. A 1950’s home within walking distance of the ocean and with good bones . . . ready for a total renovation.
Matt is a home inspector and worked with a restaurant group in North Carolina, the west coast of Florida and Miami. Leanne knows good design when she sees it. “We purchased the house in May 2016. The first offer from another buyer fell through. The electrical problems turned them off. We knew what we were getting into. We started working with Shramko Construction, GC. The first question he asked was whether we planned to sell it or live in it. We said this will be our home.
“He advised us to use the best materials we could find and not to cut corners with the contractors. He recommended Farmer Flooring and, in turn he recommended D&B Tile, which is the exclusive distributor for Crossville porcelain tile.
“We had a real challenge with the flooring. I rented an air-hammer and did 80 percent of the demolition. We were dealing with up to five layers, including porcelain tile, vinyl and even terrazzo. Once that was removed, it was time to go shopping. Leanne wanted the contrast between the greyish blue wood look tile and white walls. We wanted everything fresh, modern and open. When you start with all white, you can always bring in color later.
“We shopped around but our tile contractor recommended D&B Tile on 45th Street in West Palm Beach and specifically Crossville. We were brand conscious as soon as we walked in the door and our salesperson Jessica Pickens took us straight to the display rack.
“We chose mostly the Crossville Virtue line in a number of sizes throughout the home. We’re really impressed with the wood look. It just fits well with the style of the house and what we’re trying to accomplish.
“The neighbors have been blown away with the entire renovation. People stop by and since we don’t have window coverings in place yet, even walk directly up to the house to look inside. We have a neighbor who drives by and takes photos from his car going each way. This is a neighborhood of people who are interested in upgrading their homes. And, I think they like what we have accomplished here. in fact, we may be in the market for another home to flip in this neighborhood. More on that later . . .
“The kitchen has been extended into what used to be the Florida room. There was a sink with a fake wall looking out into the outdoor room. That’s all gone now and we have a large beautiful kitchen now. Finally, we also purchased a Frameless Shower Door from D&B which fits beautifully in our design.
“My fiancé had a vision for this house from day one and everything fits. We knew the brand we wanted and found it at D&B Tile. She wanted to touch and feel the tiles. It was a lot of work and we’re not finished but the results so far are exactly what we hoped for.”
As the first tile manufacturer in Tennessee (est. 1986), Crossville is the leading American manufacturer of beautiful, sustainable solutions that advance the frontiers of tile design.
From introducing the nation’s first large-format porcelain tiles, to becoming the first and only net consumer of tile waste materials (meaning they recycle even more than they produce), Crossville leads the market in product selection, durability and quality control.
To see these tiles and other products from Crossville, visit any of our nine convenient locations in South Florida. Remember, the first step to a beautiful design is stepping into D&B Tile.