April 2015, Collins Tile and Stone received top honors, winning the NTCA Five-Star Grand Prize for Residential Tile Installation at the 26th annual international trade show “Coverings” in Orlando, Florida. Collins Tile and Stone exemplifies superior craftsmanship and technical expertise through the installation of a full-scale remodel featuring a steam shower using top-quality materials selected to best perform under challenging conditions in a Northern Virginia master bathroom renovation.

Based on a custom design, the primary features of the new bathroom were the large steam shower housed within a beautiful glass enclosure juxtaposed against a Japanese air soaking tub. This remodeling project required careful design and planning due to the innate challenges of constructing a steam shower in comparison to a normal shower. This required several stages of construction to properly build the steam shower since steam has a greater propensity for invasiveness than water. It was crucial to follow TCNA methods to ensure the best quality installation and performance of the steam shower to withstand use for years to come.


The design consisted of an exquisite combination of tiles creating both texture and modern appeal. It was imperative to ensure that the tile selected was able to resist the damaging effects resulting from the amount of water and vapor it is subjected to within the steam shower environment. With these conditions in mind, the homeowner worked with our team to thoughtfully select the proper tile containing properties conducive for the steam shower.

The tiles chosen for the remodel were distributed by Architectural Ceramics and comprised of 12” x 24” glazed, porcelain tile from the Flashback Series by Eleganza, for the bathroom floor and soaking tub facing. The shower walls, shower bench facing, and soaking tub walls is comprised of 12” x 24” and 3” x 24” (cut on-site from 12” x 24” field tile) natural porcelain tile from the On Square Series by Emil Ceramica. The decorative mural inset is comprised of a luminous hand-made, fused glass mosaic in a matte finish from the Tozen Series by Lunada Bay Tile Collection. The mural border repeats the glazed, porcelain tile from the Flashback Series and was also cut on-site from 12” x 24” tile to 3” x 24” pieces. In addition, the shower floor was comprised of Flash Back .5” x .5” mosaic tile. All of the tiles were installed with precision using standard ceramic tile installation methods and materials, as recommended by the TCNA.

“Collins Tile and Stone is the first Five Star Contractor to ever win back to back Grand Prize Recognition in our prestigious awards program. This particular project was impressive in that it professionally portrayed an extreme makeover from an outdated bathroom to an inspirational and functional new design,” shared Bart Bettiga, NTCA Executive Director. “Collins Tile and Stone continues to support our industry in many ways, and their commitment to installation excellence and customer satisfaction gives strong support to the NTCA Five Star Contractor Program.”


(L to R) Bart Bettiga (NTCA Executive Director), Christin Lecker (Collins Tile and Stone, Dir. of Marketing), Buck Collins (Collins Tile and Stone, President), Joe Tarver (NTCA Executive Director Emeritus), Jim Olson (NTCA Asst. Exec. Director)

“It is our privilege to be honored with this distinction for technical installation and superior craftsmanship including recognition of the intricate tile design and layout of this project,” expressed Buck Collins, Founder and President of Collins Tile and Stone. “The integrity of this stunning master bathroom remodel was achieved by the collaborative efforts of our team, our client, our vendors and distributors, and manufacturers. It is with sincere appreciation that we accept this special acknowledgement by the NTCA.”

Collins Tile and Stone is among an elite group of 42 NTCA Five-Star Contractors representing the best installers in the industry who must meet a number of criteria involving certifications and continuing education; active safety programs; client, supplier and peer recommendations; and active involvement in the industry through the NTCA.

Organized and chartered in 1947, the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) is a non-profit trade association serving every segment of the tile and stone industry, and is recognized as the largest and most respected tile contractors association in the world. Actively engaged in the development of industry standards, installer education, and member service, the NTCA is dedicated to the betterment of the ceramic tile and allied industries.

The NTCA Five-Star Award was presented at Coverings celebrating its 26th Anniversary as the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. The event features exhibitors from more than 35 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

Collins Tile and Stone has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.

Founder and President of Collins Tile and Stone, Buck Collins, shares, “It is with utmost gratitude to our clients and our hardworking team that we receive this distinguished recognition a fifth year in a row. This achievement is made possible by the commitment of our team to deliver the highest quality craftsmanship and customer service on each and every remodeling project. We commit ourselves each year to uphold this standard and we hope our customers have come to equate Collins Tile and Stone with the best in the industry. We value our clients for entrusting us with their tile and remodeling needs.”

“Only about 5 percent of the Ceramic Tile companies in Northern Virginia have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

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We wish you and your family all the best for 2015! Many thanks for making this last year a great success and we welcome the opportunity to meet your remodeling needs this upcoming year! Wishing you a safe and memorable New Year!

With much appreciation & best wishes from the entire team at Collins Tile and Stone

We want to share this great article we found in House Beautiful explaining some of the ways homeowners are investing in their homes…through kitchen and bathroom remodels. Homeowners are creating their very own sanctuary at home and are willing to invest to make it more appealing and luxurious. Many of the trends cited in the article can be found in projects we’ve had the pleasure to build so we couldn’t agree more with these design tips. You may be contemplating your very own remodel and hedging on a detail or two or three….we hope you find this article to be a good compass on remodeling trends in 2015 and you take away an idea or two for your own kitchen or bath. Please visit our Photo Gallery to find some of these trends and to dream big.

Beautiful claw footed, slipper tub by Victoria & Albert


Popular Trends in Tile Selections for the Home

This is a great article identifying current tile trends. Read more to learn about wood-like tiles, popular hexagon patterns, and modern mosaics and how they are being applied in today’s remodels.

Tell us which of these trends peak your interest. We’d love to hear about your unique tile application in your kitchen or bathroom.

We extend our best wishes for a safe and meaningful Thanksgiving from ours to yours! We thank our clients for their trust in our business and for allowing us to meet their remodeling needs for their families. We are greatly appreciative of our hardworking field crews, office staff, and vendors who are an integral part of the Collins Tile and Stone team. Happy Thanksgiving!


Whether a homeowner is engaged in new construction or remodeling an existing bathroom, a common trend folks are moving towards is eliminating the bathtub in the master bathroom and building a larger, spa-like shower. Many of these showers are built with made-for-two shower heads and sprays to offer additional comfort and space. The design of this particular bathroom remodel in Ashburn, VA started with demolition and removal of the builder grade soaking tub and shower. This allowed us to rearrange the bathroom layout while adding a rather large shower using a 50” x 66” presloped shower pan. The finished shower incorporated a frameless shower enclosure and a 48” linear floor drain surrounded by a beautiful, intricate tile arrangement. A larger floor drain is often necessary with installation of two shower heads to adequately remove water from the pan. Additionally, two decorative recessed niches were centered at the shower head wall and a triangular preformed corner shower seat was installed on the opposite knee wall.

This spacious shower design maximizes space in this bathroom which allowed a second vanity to be installed when the bathtub was removed. This option may not appeal to all homeowners, but in the case with this homeowner the larger shower and additional counter top offered greater benefits than the original layout.


The shower floor consists of 1″ x 3″ Unpolished Metro Taupe Fabric tile placed on a diamond angle, diagonal pattern. The overall shower walls have 9″ x 18″ Polished Metro Taupe tile placed on a vertical 33% offset brick joint pattern. The rear shower wall has a column of Sea Jewels Silver mosaic accent bordered by 3″ x 24″ tile on either side. The same mosaic tiles are repeated at each of the 9″ x 14″ recessed niches which are centered on the shower head wall. Cambria Darlington quartz is a perfect compliment to the stone and is installed on top of the corner seat, shower curb and knee wall. It is then repeated at the vanity counter top and backsplash, privacy knee wall and entrance threshold


The outside of the shower knee wall is a pattern of two columns of 3″ x 24″ Brown Vision tile followed by a column of 9″ x 24″ Brown Vision tile in between, all set on a vertical 33% offset brick joint pattern. This same material and pattern is repeated on the vertical surface of the corner shower seat.

Contact Us today at (703) 907-9655 to discuss your needs for kitchen or bathroom remodeling in Asburn Virginia or elsewhere in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties!

How to Clean Tile Floors After a Spill

First and foremost, the best way to clean tile floors is to jump on spills and dirt right away. Even though your ceramic or porcelain tiles have extra protection from glazing, you never want to let potential stains linger for hours unnecessarily.

When the inevitable spills do happen, you should reach for a cloth or mop, some hot water, and a household cleaning detergent of mild strength. Before you dive right in, you should test the effect the detergent has on your flooring. Dabbing in a tiny test spot will allow you to be confident that you’re not going to discolor your tile during cleaning. When in doubt, check for the tile manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning products.

Would you like a safe, effective, and environmentally-friendly cleaning solution that is easy to make at home? Collect a gallon of water and then mix in a cup of ordinary white vinegar. This mixture will eliminate odors and stains without any chance of discoloring your tile flooring or endangering your children and pets.

In Between Spills

A little routine maintenance in between spills also will help ceramic and porcelain tile floors stay in their best condition year after year. You can take these matters into your own hands by regularly sweeping and mopping. This process will help keep debris and dirt from embedding into your tile and grout.

What is grout? It’s the material that holds the tiles in place. If you don’t put as much care into your grout as you do your tiles, eventually it will be discolored by dirt and grime, marring an otherwise beautiful floor. Many tile manufacturers recommend hiring a professional grout cleaning company to restore and seal grout twice a year.

For a quick DIY grout cleaning, you can mix equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide on a toothbrush and start scrubbing the stains away.

Start Cleaning

Now that you know the best way to clean tile floors, you are on track for decades of worry-free flooring. Following these simple tips, and calling in a professional tile and grout cleaner for the occasional checkup, will keep your floors looking brand new.

The Grout Medic uses the latest technologies and green cleaning techniques to keep tile and grout surfaces looking their best. Get more care and maintenance tips for your floors. Schedule a cleaning from a professional at ourNorthern Virginia location or visit Collins Tile and Stone for Northern Virginia bathroom & kitchen remodeling.