Our trip Through the Keyhole this month is into a traditional family home in Whitecraigs, where the new owners wanted to give their house a completely new look as part of the refurbishment. And when it came to design and tiling ideas we were delighted that they made Cosmo Tiles their first choice supplier!
The 5 bedroom sandstone house had been neglected over the years and when David and Lesley McFadzean bought it for their family they set about a year long renovation to improve every aspect of their new home.
The McFadzean’s came to Cosmo to supply tiles for a kitchen extension, a loft conversion, a laundry room, a downstairs toilet and two upstairs bathrooms. Working with Interior Designer Lisa Ollaberry, the team at Cosmo was able to provide a wide range of tiles to choose from for each separate room.
Lesley tells us more: “It was a massive project for us to take on, we bought the house and then gutted it to start again in a lot of rooms. We added a loft extension, including a bathroom up there for our son and redid the original bathroom with our daughters in mind.”
What tiles are best for creating a Victorian look for a period home?
The tiling projects took in floor tiling in the Kitchen, Laundry room and rear WC where Arpa Natura Noce 32.5x49cm provided a continuity through the house and suitably hard wearing tiles for areas of high traffic.
The tiles for the bathrooms were Original Style Victorian creamy Floor tiles and Nottingham Pattern White Octagons on the floor. In their son’s bathroom these were complemented with black squares and a black and white rectangular border to create the classic traditional Victorian period look whilst in their daughters’ bathroom the black tiles were replaced with grey ones. Original Style Artworks tiles were used for the shower walls in the “girls’ bathroom” and the attic bathroom.
“We chose those tiles because they looked very traditional and fitted in with the style of the house. The house was built in 1908 so we wanted something that fitted in with the original design. The creamy white hexagonal tiles for the bathrooms looked great and we added grey tiles into the girls’ bathroom and black tiles into our son’s bathroom.”
How did you choose the tiles and tile supplier?
Cosmo Tiles Sales Director, Paul Verrico, was delighted to take David and Lesley through all of the options when they came to choose the tiles
“Paul was great. We were quite open minded and didn’t really know what we wanted when we went in. We didn’t have any fixed tiling ideas for bathrooms or kitchens. We had a chat to Paul, described the sort of thing that we were after and he showed us a wide range in the showroom and in the brochures that they had there.”
Cosmo is one of Scotland’s biggest and longest established tile businesses and that, along with the personal touch, made the choice of tiling supplier easy.
“We’d used Cosmo before and we knew that they had an extensive range. The aftercare has been brilliant too and we’ve been very happy with the whole job. I’d happily recommend them to anyone.”
So what tiles were used for this Victorian period tiling project?
Do you have a tiling project we can give you tips and advice for?
Our knowledgeable staff will be delighted to help you with any tips and advice you might need for your own tiling project so nip in to one of our showrooms in Glasgow or Greenock or phone us on 0141 420 1122.