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BEACON Senior News

Showered with compliments: Tile Meister’s customers keep coming back

Jan 03, 2018 12:12AM ● By Melinda Mawdsley

Randy and Cheryl DiDonato and and family.

The front doors at Tile Meister are made of glass.

After that, it’s all about looking at the thousands of tile samples. Or cultured marble, granite, stone, quartz or Tyvarian, a locally manufactured, groutless solid surface.

“If you walk in here, you’re getting yourself into a project,” co-owner Randy DiDonato said.

With an expansive showroom full of displays sure to get the renovation juices flowing, Tile Meister has everything homeowners need to give their bathroom or kitchen an upgrade.

But DiDonato said it isn’t the quantity of materials available that keeps Tile Meister’s calendars filled with consultations and scheduled projects.

Randy DiDonato in Tile Meister’s expansive showroom.

Since opening in 1994—first in Palisade before a 2004 move to Grand Junction—Tile Meister, 611 N. First St., has established a reputation for top-notch service and customer loyalty.

In fact, satisfied customers are largely to credit with the evolution of services Tile Meister offers.

“It wasn’t our choice to do bathroom renovations,” DiDonato said. “We were forced into it.”

Originally from New Hampshire, DiDonato started in the tile business as a teenager with the less-than-glorious title of tile helper. In other words, he hauled tile and laid grout. From there, he became a tile setter, which he did for years before opening Tile Meister.

Aging customers, satisfied with the job Tile Meister did on smaller projects, needed help improving their homes’ accessibility.

In 1998, the business began converting standard bathtubs to walk-in showers, or simply replaced the bathtub with a larger walk-in or transfer tub so seniors could continue living comfortably in their own homes.

Although Tile Meister works with clients of various ages, it has an industry-recognized level of expertise in improving accessibility for seniors—from installing generic grab bars and hand-held showerheads to designing and completing a luxurious spa-like bathroom.

In 2009, DiDonato became a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist by the National Association of Home Builders in conjunction with AARP.

By 2004, Tile Meister was completing full renovations on bathrooms. In 2014, the business undertook kitchen remodels. Recently, a client asked Tile Meister to enclose a porch.

“If it has a room over it and a floor under it, we can do it,” DiDonato said.

Tile Meister serves Mesa, Delta, Montrose and Garfield counties. To contact them, call 244-8453.

“We show up every day, work hard every day and are organized,” DiDonato said. “Service, service, service.”