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A Brief History of Miami and it’s Architecture

Posted by on Jun 25, 2010 in Floor, How to and Syle, Miami Terrazzo Restoration, terrazzo | Comments Off on A Brief History of Miami and it’s Architecture

A Brief History of Miami and it’s Architecture

Much of the existing architecture in South Florida, home of Colonial Floor and Stone Care, is the result of foreign settlers earlier in the history of the region. Their cultural influences also spread among the people and reflected in the architecture and constructions during each period. Before the Spanish intrusion of South Florida, the chief tribe that resided in the area was the Calusa tribe. In fact, the name ‘Miami’ comes from “Mayami”, a Calusa word that meant “Big Water”. The Spanish repeatedly tried to invade the region, but met with little success. After a series of invasions and wars between the Spanish and the British, Miami changed hands from the Spain to the British in 1763. After a brief regain of Florida, Spain once again ceded the region to the United States after the American Revolution in 1783. After a peaceful time in the early 1800s, investors and property developers grew an interest in the region in the 1870s. Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railroad was the key to developing the area, and Tuttle managed to convince him to extend the railroad into Miami. Flagler brought in the railroad on 15 April in 1896, and started developing the region. Soon, Miami Beach and its resorts came into existence in 1915. From the 1900s to the 1930s, the main construction material used by the inhabitants was wood frames, and the method of construction was masonry. World War I and II brought the much-needed urbanization to this area. With the development of highways, office buildings, housing, hotels and streets, Miami. Miami Beach and the Key West area soon attracted visitors from all over the world. However, a 1926 hurricane destroyed the railroad as well as much of the development in the area. However, World War II brought the area back to life with soldiers posted in the region settling there. Cubans also migrated in the region in the 1960s, bringing a large part of their culture with them.The Art Deco, with its use of materials such as Terrazzo flooring. This district is perhaps the best symbol for the continuing architectural influences in the region. The most notable period of architecture was probably the Mediterranean Revival period, from the 1910s to the 1930s. This architecture is a perfect mix of Moorish, Italian, Southern Spanish and North African themes. The main influence in most of Florida architecture is unmistakably Spanish, sometimes Baroque and other Classical detailing. The late 1920s to the 1930s incorporated many indigenous American, Mayan, and even Egyptian themes in construction, using glass, concrete, Mexican or Cuban tile and terrazzo in the construction. A mix of influences contributed to the variety of architecture there. With the infiltration of one cultural influence after another, South Florida and especially Miami and Key West developed distinct architectural styles that took inspiration from these influences. Colonial Floor and Stone Care is proud of it’s Historical restoration of the unique and historic flooring that has been used in the Miami/Dade area. Terrazzo always a individual and unique floor, we will restore it back to it’s original shine and help you keep it that way.  Mexican and Cuban tile in the Coral Cables area of Miami will shine after our proprietary cleaning and polishing. Call us for a free estimate, we have been taking care of Miami’s diverse flooring and stone for over 20 years. From Concrete to Cuban tile and Terrazzo to Granite, we are the leading stone care specialists for your needs. Call 305-741-2242 today for a free estimate. For More Details Visit us :...

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Terracotta Soldiers and Terracotta Tiles

Posted by on Apr 1, 2010 in Floor, home, How to and Syle, Miami Terrazzo Restoration, Terra cotta tiles, terrazzo | Comments Off on Terracotta Soldiers and Terracotta Tiles

Terracotta Soldiers and Terracotta Tiles

Continueing on my Orient adventure. Today I visited the Great Wall of China . 325.0 miles long.  It took 300 years to build, and tomorrow on to where a farmer, no in his eighties, found and wonder full treasure for his home land to preseve and keeps as a natural tressure.  Arriving I couldn’t wait to see what I have only see, Like many of you on the National Goo graphic pecial ro on the Discovery, or even as part of a movie that displays these terracotta soldiers as a big part of the movie As I walked up I understand about the duribilty of thes “fired Earth” which is which Terra cotta is translated to in english. As tjat os wjat ot actially is, clay fired to a strength . These soldiers were not only built by enslved people that were taken by war, but also the life;s of the craftmen that made these life like figure to follow the First Emporier into the afterlife.  Each  with different features, Unigue in thier own right. As I read through the finformation, knowing about the use of Terra cotta by the way of my business, I understand why Terra cotta is also used as a durable flooring.  We clean and polish many Terra cotta tiles in my business.  These are yet another natural material that has been used for thousands of years in different forms.  From Soldiers to floor tile to pots that we plant in on our patio’s. I couldn wait to get the first shot. The “money shot”. However pictures do not do these Soldiers justice.  At least not my camera. But here is my shot.  To know that these were created from the clay of the area and by skilled craftsman for the First Emporior of China was awesome.  Enjoy the video above to find out more about thise Terra cotta Soldiers via the video and link. Living in South Florida, Tera Cotta is seen often.  And it is also used in other areas of the  United states.  New York City comes to mind  Terra Cotta is Historically preserved in NYC on some of the  older building facades, Terra Cotta was used extensively. For your flooring needs, of natural stone or earthen flooring, such as Terra Cotta, Mexican Tiles, Terrazzo, Marble, Granite. even concrete!  Colonial Floor Care has the expertise to help you with what ever type flooring you may have in your home in South Florida.  Call 305-731-2242 for Miami/Dade County. 561-337-1408 for Palm Beach County, 954-566-4555 for Broward county and in Tamp/St Petersburg call 813-527-9797. The business has been in service to these fine countys for over 20 years and continue to serve Souther florida will all of it’s natural stone care needs.  Call and let us discuss your needs, whether it be Terra Cotta tile, or facade, or Terrazo,concrete or marble.  We treat your  homes situration with professionalizm and pride. Unable to call? Use the easy web link to let us know about your needs.  Some one will get back to you as soon as we receive your...

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Blogging from Hong Kong

Posted by on Mar 30, 2010 in Floor, home, How to and Syle, Miami Terrazzo Restoration, terrazzo | Comments Off on Blogging from Hong Kong

Blogging from Hong Kong

After two days of being outside breathing in the polluted air it was time to find decent quality air and how did I do it?Go and find a Mall! And as always, I look at the floors. This mall  also used terrazzo tiles, as they did in the Mass Rapid Transportation System. As you can see from the photos in the video, the designer wanted to make to floor look fun and he accomplished it by installing two inch wide colorful terrazzo next to the white terrazzo floor. When I first came across this mall the flooring put a big smile on my face. I thought of the Nickelodeon channel. Very colorful something you would design for a kids area. Bringing a very modern and interesting design elements to this mall. And no one can come to Hong Kong without going to one of its many high end malls. That doesn’t mean one has to spend money. So  here I am in this mall I have never been in before and I am admiring the floor. This floor was amazing how it used a combination of different marbles. The white part of the flooring is terrazzo tile. Being a floor nut I had to get on my hands and knees and study the floor. Amazing it was.  So If you are ever considering installing a new floor think about how terrazzo can enhance you vision of a beautiful floor, but if you not going to install a new floor and you have a older Florida home you might be one of the lucky ones that have terrazzo under the dated floor material. A recent trend that I still am in amazement of, during the housing boom people where putting travertine and other soft marble on top of terrazzo thinking of beauty only not longevity.  Many people now in South Florida are removing these soft marble to get to the Terrazzo which requires virtually no maintenance. Just like in Miami, The high end stores also use Terrazzo. In the Art Deco district, Historical Terrazzo abounds. On the sidewalks, in the historical hotels, such as the Essex and Cleavlander. Newly installed Terrazzo is also being used in the new building. Colonial Floor and Stone Care has been serving the Miami/ Dade and surrounding counties to reclaim, restore and polish the unique and durable Terrazzo that has been part of the buildings in our area. My company, as well as I, are proud when we can reclaim Terrazzo that has lied hidden for decades in some of the most beautiful Mid Modern homes in our area. From large estates, to small Bungalow’s, Terrazzo in the 30’s to the 70’s was the floor to have in your home. With the cost of installing new Terrazzo costing $30 a square foot, reclaiming and restoring your Terrazzo floor is the most cost effective way of putting a “new” floor in. Wondering fs you have Terrazzo under the floor in your home from this era?  Easy way to find out is to look at the door threshold and you will see the Terrazzo. It may be dark, dull and far from what it should look like, but if there are speck of color in what you may thing is a foundation concrete may very well be Terrazzo. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I did taking them, and if you have ugly terrazzo in your house or under your current floor call Colonial Floor and Stone Care, we can talk about options like cutting out the boarder area and installing another color, or even creating a terrazzo medallion. We have...

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Mexican Tile, A Proud Tradition in Hand Made Clay Tiles

Posted by on Feb 4, 2010 in home, How to and Syle | Comments Off on Mexican Tile, A Proud Tradition in Hand Made Clay Tiles

Mexican Tile is used widely here in South Florida. There are many styles of Mexican tile. And while doing some research on these beautiful tile that the Colonial Floor and Stone Care has cleaned and polished, I found that they have a long and varied history. Mexican tile, would lead you to believe that all the tile were made in Mexico, how ever Talavera Tile dates back to 15th century Spain. When the Italians introduced the artisan work of the Arabic, Italian, and Asian designed tile during the 15thcentury to Spain. Using all the knowledge from those styles of clay tiles, Talavera ceramic was born. Designs and patterns are traced back to Chinese and Philippine origins while even older variations of this art form date back to 8th century Arabic culture. Craftsmen in Italy began experimenting with glazes during the Middle Ages, and as a result many new colors were developed.   And after the Spanish colonization of Mexico, the Spaniards introduced ceramic tile production and Mexican artisans adopted it and again adding their own flare,color and design. Handcrafted ceramic tile is a cultural heritage in Mexico, the  practice of making clay tile began in the late sixteen century, around 1570 and 1573. The decorative ceramic tiles have actively played a distinguished role as an important utilitarian and decorative element in Mexican architecture. The tiles are made from clay dug out of the ground, mixed with water to form tile or pottery and fired in a Kiln  to temperatures that clay undergoes chemical changes and becomes permanently hard. Then the tile is glazed and decorated by hand, and fired once again to give it its final and lively finish. Its physical characteristics make Mexican tiles particularly attractive and distinctive. Mexican tiles are concave (not perfectly flat). The tiles are unique, hand painted, original and a part of a functional decor. There are many types of Mexican tiles, Terra Cotta which means Burnt Earth, are the most known, and once again, are made by digging for the clay earth that can be mixed with water and hand pressed into forms to make each individual tile different. NYC even recognizes the importance of this type of material and is preserving  historic Terra Cotta and using it in new design architecture. Whether you have decorative, brightly hand painted Mexican tile on your back splash in your kitchen or decorating your patio, or beautiful Glazed Mexican Terra Cotta floor tiles,  the professionals at Colonial Floor and Stone Care, will bring back the shine to your Mexican tile.  Call for a free estimate or go to Colonial Floor and Stone Care to request your free estimate. We can be reached at 305-731-2242 for Miami / Dade county, 965-566-4555 for Ft. Lauderdale/Broward county and 561-337-1408 for West Palm Beach/Palm Beach...

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