Chad Deiter Company and John Heller Construction team up in Palm Desert.

This past month I have been working in Palm Desert off of Monterey Avenue. The project was an attached home remodel. I got involved with the project through a General Contractor I know out of Fallbrook. John Heller Construction and Chad Deiter Company do a lot of projects together. But this time I got to work with Marsha Weaver Designs out of Temecula, CA whom I hadn’t worked with in a while. It was great to work with Marsha again and the end result came out great. The place looks fantastic and has the Tommy Bahama style she was going for.

On this project we had a Master Bathroom and three smaller floors. We installed tile in the entry, guest bathroom, laundry and the kitchen.  As well as a nice glass back splash in the kitchen. All of which was purchased out the Arizona Tile in Palm Desert.

First project was the Kerdi System Master Shower which we tiled with Ankara 12×12 as well as a design in the back wall incorporating this new pebble rock that Arizona Tile is carrying. We also took advantage of the Ogee and the Rope Liner that they have available in the Ankara as well. The design in the back wall was completed by cutting down the 12” tile into 6 1/8” for the inside area. This dimension is perfect to achieve full tile everywhere top and bottom as well as side to side. This is very often a place where installers will just put up a 6” not even trying to make the inside full tile. One of things Chad Deiter Construction shoots for is the best layouts possible for the tile designs. And we achieved that on this shower.

Second projects were the guest bathroom floor and the master bathroom floor both tiled with the 18”x18” Ankara. The master floor was just a straight laid floor. But the guest floor was Ankara on a Diagonal with random dots. The dots came from a place in town that makes them called Landmark. These were the resin type and are usually much more cost effective than the real metal ones.

When those two floors were done we went on to tiling the kitchen, entry and the laundry flooring. These all were installed with Cortona Saio 18”x18”. The kitchen and the Laundry were both straight. The entry was on a diagonal but was a fairly small area anyway and needed something different.

Now that these were all completed were started to work on the backsplashes for this project with the first one being the master bathroom. This one was neat and kind of different. After talking with Marsha about the design look that she was after we decided to have the granite installers leave a gap of 2” in between the counter top and the back splash while installing only a 3” Granite Slab back splash. Chad Deiter Company later came in and installed the river rock mosaic in the gap to complete the look that she wanted. I have got to say this was different but turned out very neat and I am looking forward to using this technique on more projects with different materials for the inlays.

The final project of the job was the Kitchen Back Splash. The Cambria countertop had recently been installed and it was time for Chad Deiter Company to install the glass 3×6 and 1×1 mosaics. For this back splash I went with the Custom Mega Lite thin set which offers both non-sag capabilities and has the proper Flex additive needed for a glass tile installation. I have to say that I was impressed by the stuff it worked exactly how it was supposed to and I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome of the back splash.

After everything had cured and dried a couple days we went back grouted all the work with Laticrete Permacolor Grout. Honestly this is my go to grout and love the color constancy it dries to.

Well that’s all from Palm Desert on this one. Maybe another one will come up soon it was a nice place to work. 🙂

Frank and Christine’s Temecula Tumbled Master Bathroom

In the beginning of August we did a master shower project for a couple in Temecula. Unfortunately I have only got to meet Christine since her husband is serving in the military and is stationed in Afghanistan right now. Here at Chad Deiter Company we pride ourselves in taking care of the people who protect our families and us. We offer military discounts to them even though this discount does not even come close to the sacrifices that those serving and their families make.

This master had already been started by another tile guy but I think that as the design got more complicated he got in a little over his head. So being that I am a tile contractor I was contacted by Christine to come out and take a look. She asked me to give some advice to what should be done with the tile. She also had a couple pictures of the “shower of her dreams “and that’s the direction that we headed in. The pictures that she had were of a tile job using 4×4 tumbled marble and various decorative liners and trim pieces. As well as a nice 5/8” mosaic that was used in the liner of the bathroom.

Once we had settled on the design and the tiles we started putting together a digital rendering of the master so she could get a feel for what I was seeing in my head. This is often helpful and like my wife always reminds me people don’t see what I see. Once that drawing was completed I emailed it to her to get her thoughts and then make changes. The drawing stayed the same and we were off to the next big thing of picking out tile. The homeowner had been to a few places already and I sent her to a few more. But by the end of that weekend the tile was decided and ordered.

The original design was to be two different tumbled marbles in a checkerboard pattern. The design was going to be straight on the bottom half and diagonal on the top half. The two halves were separated by a nice liner using the 5/8” Mosaic and Ogee on top with a  Dome liner on the bottom. This bathroom was going to be something special I knew it from the start. Once the entire tile order had made the way to the job we put the install on the schedule and started the next week.

When I looked at the job the Hardi Backer Cement Board was already installed and even though I was told that there was paper behind it I still wanted to use  Laticrete HydroBan. For those unfamiliar with the Hydro Ban product it’s an excellent liquid membrane waterproofing that can be applied to the outside of this type of application. I also use it on my steam showers after the cement float has dried for 3 days. The next step was rolling on the waterproofing and letting that dry so the tile could be installed. I know this was overkill but also was peace of mind on my part. I always like to provide the best possible product and unless you do the job from the very beginning there is no way to know what was done before you. This doesn’t happen often to us but this is how we deal with these situations.

For the bottom half of the install we started using the Noce and Ivory Tumbled 4×4’s in straight lay. We got about 125sqft. up the first couple days and the Homeowner was having a problem with the two tiles being so much different. We left that day letting her get a feel for it and if the tile was going to work or not. Later that day I received a call that no setter likes to get. “Chad we’re going to change everything to Ivory instead.” Let me say that I honestly don’t mind these things since my main goal is a satisfied customer. So the next day we had a meeting of the minds to figure out the best way to tear out every other tile and eventually found a way that worked very well. As you can see by the pictures it was an event to say the least. But with a positive attitude we got a positive outcome.

Once all of the Noce tiles had been tore out we started re-tiling the spots with the new Ivory tile that we had ordered. We continued on and tiled the liner and the upper sections on a diagonal. Once all the tile had been set and had been given time to dry it was time to grout.

The homeowner was going for a French Country look and said that in that style designers use a lot of white grout. So she and I went over grout color samples and decided on Custom Building Products Snow White. At first I wasn’t too sure on that color so I did a sample board to show her and so I could see it also. Come to find out that I really like the Snow White with the Ivory I think it looks great and so did she. Now that the grout had been picked we went ahead and grouted up the whole job and left it for a couple days to dry. After the two days was up we came back and used an Enhancing Sealer on the stone and the grout to really bring out the richness of the tile job. A few more finishing touches and we were done.

This was such a great job for me to do. I can’t wait to hear what Frank says about it when he gets home. Although I’m pretty sure this shower will have to be a close second to seeing his loving wife….

12×12 Ankara Tumbled Stone Kerdi Shower in Murrieta

On this project Chad Deiter Company had already met with the homeowners and got an idea of the materials that they wanted to use for their master shower project. They had recently seen the Slate Rimini Pattern at Arizona Tile in San Marcos, CA and loved it. I suggested the 12×12 Ankara Tumbled Marble to match the existing marble flooring. After a few days went by and  everything was picked out. I made the computer rendering for the job with the 12×12 tumble stone for the shower walls and a liner in the shower, tub splash and counter top backsplash.

Being that this was going to be a Schluter Kerdi Shower the first step was having the existing shower walls tore out all the way down to the studs. After that was finished I came in and started laying out the shower and the inset niche. Knowing that the liner had a 4” row of the Rimini and a Rope Liner on top I knew that the total was 5”. So I framed in the inset niche so it would be right under the liner just like I wanted it to be. Here at Chad Deiter Construction we pride ourselves on shower layout and incorporate the Golden Ratio to make that our showers are appealing to the eye.

Once all of the framing had been shimmed and planed flat we dry walled the shower and began installing the Kerdi Shower Kit from Schluter.  I’ve said this before but this system is one of my top rated as far as shower waterproofing systems go. I really like the fact that the waterproofing is directly behind the tile as opposed to the older ways where the waterproofing is behind a mud floated wall. We still float some showers but it depends on the budget of the project and the tile selection.

With the Kerdi Shower Kit installed we were ready to start tiling. One other plus to this system is that tile can be installed right away no need to wait the 24 hours like some of the other waterproofing systems that are available. When I had figured out the tile I knew that I had to have full tile on the tub deck from the outside corner both down and inside. So that was the control to how the tile was going to layout. I went ahead and started setting the Tumbled Stone (very popular here in the Temecula Valley )with Laticrete 252 thin set. Starting on the back shower wall and working my way around and up to the liner. Once the field tile was set up to the desired height it was leveled and the Tumbled Slate Rimini and Rope liner was installed. This liner had to dry overnight and the next day we could finish the last two rows of the shower walls. As you can see by the picture’s the niche ended up right where it should be and is very functional and clean.

The shower pan was fairly straight forward since the Slate Rimini is on 12×12 sheets and the Kerdi Drain had a 4” grate on it there’s not much you can change with the shower pan layout. That was tiled and grouted prior to the very bottom wall tiles to be installed.

After all the tile has been installed and had set overnight we grouted the shower walls and shower pan with Custom Building Products Linen Sanded grout. The grout color had already been decided by the homeowner’s and the designer over at Arizona Tile in San Marcos,CA.

After the grouted shower had dried out for a couple days it was time to seal the Tumbled Stone and grout. I prefer the Miracle Sealants 511 sealer. I use both their regular sealers and enhancing sealers.

Chad Deiter Company’s latest Thin Stone Veneer Fireplace in Menifee

About three weeks ago we got a call from a customer in Temecula, CA that was going to be remodeling her fireplace and wanted Chad Deiter Construction to bid on it. So we went out and took a look at the project and found out that she wanted to do some stone veneer on this new fireplace. Now keep in mind that the average fireplace is roughly 15-30sqft. This one was 95sqft and I wanted to do the job from the minute I first looked at it. The fireplace as you can see from the pictures had a very different style to it and I knew that with the stone veneer it was going to be beautiful.

So after a couple of weeks I got the go ahead for the fireplace and I started getting the material list together and ordering the El Dorado Stacked Stone in the Alderwood color from RCP Block and Brick in Murrieta, CA. This is a great place for masonry supplies and has a lot to choose from in the way of brick and stone veneer.  Matter of fact even being that I’m a tile contractor here in Temecula and I don’t deal with them on a daily basis. They have always been helpful and provided me competitive pricing.

We decided because all of the other bids were for cement board I would bid it that way too. I usually have in the past always done my Stone Veneer on a lath and scratch coat. But for this job I decided I would use Laticrete International’s new MVIS. This is the first that I know of full system for stone veneer installation and provides a 15-20 year warranty. Although the technical aspects are a little different from inside to outside the system still incorporates an innovative thin set that has been designed for the stone veneer and brick veneer.

First step in the installation was tearing out the old brick hearth and fireplace surround. For this I used my Makita HK1810 Tile Scraper which works great. Once that was taken apart I went ahead and installed all the marble for the hearth and the three ledges on the left hand side. Everything that was going to be either stone veneer or marble was first covered with Hardi Backer Board and all the seams were taped and thin-setted. This creates a monolithic structure that will hold the stone veneer for years to come.

This type of manufactured stone is fairly straight forward. It does take some knowledge to make sure that the joints aren’t repeating and that the stone comes out looking as real as possible. Basically it’s just time consuming and you can usually only expect get about 60sqft. installed inside in a day. That number can double if the stone veneer is being installed outside.  Since we were using Laticrete’s new MVIS I had got the Masonry Veneer Mortar for the job and that’s what was being used. Great mortar and gives excellent adhesion to the stone veneer. I was very impressed with the feel and usability of the MVM also. This masonry veneer mortar is also non-sag and I’m sure would be great for using with Brick Veneer.

Once all of the stacked stone was installed and dry we grouted up the honed marbled with some non-sanded Winter Gray grout. Because this is a stacked stone there was no need to grout in between all the rocks only the two sides and around the fireplace insert.

Stone Veneer is a very good choice for upgrading both interior and exterior focal points of a home. It also has increasingly become more and more popular in the last few years. Not only can Chad Deiter Company provide all of you tile needs. We can also install stone veneer on outside columns , inside-outside fireplaces, interior-exterior walls and anywhere else that you decide it will increase the wow factor in your home.

Temecula Kerdi Shower Membrane Install by Chad Deiter Company

We just finished up the tiling of a Schluter Kerdi Tub Surround in the Temecula Wine Country. The Kerdi Shower System is a great waterproofing system that has been developed for tile guys and gals to use. It incorporates a specialized floor drain and a polyethylene sheet membrane that is installed over the chosen substrate i.e. drywall, cement board or a cement floated shower wall /shower pan. Contrary to popular belief the drywall in this case is the suggested substrate since the membrane adheres really well to it. Plus with the membrane installed no moisture at all even steam can penetrate it.   All the corners are addressed with Kerdi-Band which is basically the same just a little thinner to limit the amount of build up than comes from the 2 inch overlapping that is required while doing the walls and shower pan.

For this project the Drywall was already in place so that’s what we used as the substrate. We used 100% silicone to seal the joint between the tub and the drywall prior to the Kerdi Membrane being installed. That connection point between the two is the most important in a tub surround shower.

After the membrane we installed all the tumbled marbled along with some nice Spanish Style inserts that we got from Different by Design located here in the Temecula Valley. All the rest of the tile came from Arizona Tile also in Murrieta, CA. After all the 12×12 tumbled marble were set with a Laticrete 252 a slightly modified thin set it was all grouted with Custom’s Linen Sanded grout. Then after letting the shower and floor grout dry out a couple of days it was sealed with Miracle’s 511 Sealer.

There you have a completely waterproof shower that will be beautiful for decades to come until someone wants to upgrade or remodel the next time.

Take Care,


I’m a Tile Guy !

In the past few months I have been asked to match prices by some customers who have received tile quotes from Craigslist or The Penny Saver. Seems like everyone now a days in construction is doing everything under the sun. I would urge everyone to check out the people they hire for home improvement projects. Whether it’s in Temecula, Murrieta, Fallbrook, Riverside or even Los Angeles. There is a lot of liability that goes with the work that a licensed contractor does and the ones that are good at their trade charge money for it.

I specialize in tile and love what I can do with it. I’m not a plumber, electrician or handyman that has just recently talked someone into letting them tile a shower. I have built a reputation in the town of Temecula for quality tile work and excellent customer service. These are the things important to my Builders, Customers, those who I work with and me.

Things you can check :

1. Do they have the license if required in the state you want work done ?

2. Google , Yahoo, MSN pick your poison but make sure they are checked out. Keep in mind you are letting them into your home.

3. References are a must and they should be asked for. These can offer an insight into the quality of work and customer service they can provide.

Chad from Chad Deiter Company

Chad Deiter Company installs a Hirsch Glass Backsplash in Murrieta, CA

Here’s a quick blog post on a recent back splash Chad Deiter Company did in Murrieta, CA. Thanks to Different By Design of Murrieta, CA for finding and getting the materials on the job for us.

The original backsplash was just a normal granite 6″ and full splash behind the stove that matched  the counter top. We tore that out and patched the drywall back to nice and flat.  Installed the Hirsch Silhouette Glass then grouted it with Hydroment Latte grout. It really turned out great what a difference a couple of days made to this kitchen. Just like always a happy homeowner makes me a happy man. Another nice glass backsplash in the Temecula Valley complete.

Chad Deiter Company does all kinds of back splashes some basic 6×6 Tumbled Marble. Some not so basic with glass mosaic or filled and honed marble mosaic. I enjoy all of them and the design challenges they bring.

Have a great weekend everyone.


Chad Deiter Company Installs Brick Veneer – Thin Brick in Temecula , CA

Recently about three weeks ago I got a call from a home owner that was having some issues with the tile being installed in his house. Now I’m not gonna down talk the installers work because to be honest it was pretty good. The problem I think stemmed from the communication not being there between the installer and the homeowner. So in turn the homeowner’s weren’t getting what they wanted. So anyway long story short I looked at a few things in the house put together some numbers and ultimately did the job for them. Now they are happy as can be and ready for paint and to move in.

So back  to what this blog was about. Part of the project was brick fireplace in the family room. Originally supposed to be real brick but when I talked with them I realized that’s not what they really wanted. So we had the bricks cut down to veneers and went ahead and installed it.

First step in the process after the carpenters framed it out. Was to cement board the framing and tape the joints with mesh tape. Mesh tape insures that the structure is sound and will not crack through to the brick later on.

Second step was the installation of the brick. I use a modified thinset but this isn’t necessary for brick. The thin set I used for the brick was Laticrete 252 gray. I really like this stuff and it’s reasonably priced also.

Third and final step was just to grout bag the fireplace with Type-S brick mortar and strike the joints with a joint tool. You do this step with a grout bag kind of like the ones they use in cake making but much stronger. After the cement is bagged in you have to let the spec-mix set up quite a bit before you can tool the joints. Dry enough that when you put your thumb into it the cement the thumb print stays but nothing sticks to your thumb. Takes some getting used to but when it’s done right the stuff that falls out during the striking can just be swept off without staining the rest of the bricks.

So that’s the basics of it and as always if your interested in any tile work just fill out the contact form and we will be in contact. Thanks for taking the time to read this blog post.


Chad Deiter Company on Temecula Construction Looking Up

Well in Chad Deiter Company’s opinion of the first two months of 2010 business is picking up. At least in Temecula,CA it is but I have also had some good calls from Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach. Not too much in the way of new construction mostly kitchen and bath remodels. These are fine with me the average master remodel takes me a little over 2 weeks once all the tile is in so I can get started.

I have been using the Kerdi Shower System and also the Laticrete Hydroban over mud bed lately for my showers depending on the budget for the project.

Tumbled Alexandria Stone Back Splash in Murrieta,CA

Chad Deiter Company just finished being part of a complete kitchen remodel. The homeowners had water damage in the kitchen so everything had to be replaced. New Cabinets, Paint, Drywall, Carpet. Only the Granite and Tile was contracted from Chad Deiter Company. The good thing is everything was completed start to finish in under three weeks. This was a very well orchestrated repair by the homeowners they did very well to get their kitchen back in working order. The major controlling factor they had was the fact that they used local contractors on the project. In our opinion this is definitely a plus on a job that has a lot of trips to complete. Since not too many companies can usually do everything right away it helps to plan with the trades to get the work accomplished.

First thing that was done is the old back splash was removed right before the granite was taken out . After they removed the granite the cabinets guys came in and removed all the cabinets.

The next was to have the drywall guys came in to re-drywall and texture all the areas that got damaged. I had them do this nice and flat since Chad Deiter Company was installing a nice tumbled marble mosaic back splash on this job. Once that was done the new cabinets went back in and the granite followed the day after.

The granite that was put back was Juparana St. Cecilia with a tumbled Alexandria 2×2 Back Splash. The backsplash also had some very nice Honey Onyx. Chad Deiter Company used both the small Onyx 1×2 Rhomboid and the Onyx Dome Liner for accents in the back splash.

When we were done the painters took over and went ahead and did a faux finish on the walls while the electricians and plumbers completed their work on the rest of the kitchen.

Chad Deiter Company serves Temecula, Murrieta , Menifee , Canyon Lake and other surrounding areas. We can make any kitchen the one of your dreams with a little planning and execution.

Enjoy the pictures,