Project Portfolio

Our kitchen designer weighs in

As downsizing and minimalist living continues to trend, each living space must be designed beautifully and to its greatest functional potential.   This refreshing centerpiece in a 1970’s home keeps up with amateur-chef owners and their entertaining lifestyle.  Originally a dark, cavernous kitchen with shadowed work areas and deep unfriendly cupboards, our new design is all about more »

Lap Pool + Mirror Noir

This swimming pool appears to levitate just inches above the ground…. The key to this design is a look of effortless simplicity, yet the construction and finish work on this reflective vessel were no easy task.  Perimeter overflow designs need a high level of expertise to ensure the engineering includes all the hidden components that truly make the pool function correctly. more »

Luxury Pools Magazine

“ALL THAT GLITTERS” – Amy dishes out expert glass tile design and installation insight in Luxury Pools Magazine:  “Whether used to finish a pool, or to highlight certain details in the design, glass tile is the ideal option for those seeking dazzling effects.”   Are you planning your dream pool? We hand-select like-minded designers and expert more »

The Devil is in the Details.

We spend a lot of time talking about the important requirements for glass tile installations.  Techie talk is pretty dry, and we can’t blame anyone for glazing over when we start going into the pros and cons of elastomeric membranes, cementicious waterproofing, polymer modifiers…ugh. So let’s get on to the fun stuff.   A true more »

All The Right Curves

We are all about glass tile pools with beautiful curves, and this design was the perfect canvas for our meticulous style of mosaic installation work.  Each detail receives close consideration…beginning with product design. This custom glistening iridescent finish is no accident….We created this shimmering sheen to reflect sunlight specifically to meet the aesthetic request of our discerning client. more »

Stunning Scottsdale Retreat

This award-winning project includes a stunning all-glass mosaic spa that overlooks a beautiful golf course view. Homeowners enjoy relaxing with a cocktail after a taking a round on the course… Below, Before and After images show the transformation of this sculptural spa design. In this ‘process photo’, take a peek at one of our favorite more »

Design trends in tile and mosaics

Tile is unique because it often serves a utilitarian purpose and is also the finish material that can determine the final aesthetic of a design.  It presents a unique opportunity to combine form and function. On Trend:  Thoughtful design that balances luxurious materials with long term functionality.   After spending the summer in pools and more »

Your dream pool is gorgeous, now how do you keep it looking like new?

If you love the beautiful shimmer of glass tile in water, you should definitely incorporate it into your new pool/spa!  There is nothing more beautiful than the vibrant sparkle of iridescent/metallic glass tile in a pool.  Just be sure to have a realistic plan for maintenance so that you get to enjoy your installation for more »

Rustic Wine Room Design

A wine room is a sanctuary filled with artifacts.  Each bottle is evidence of appreciation for craftsmanship, devotion to process, and patience.   Typically an intimate space, the wine room presents a unique opportunity for custom details to communicate the special nature of its contents.  Options range from lighting to fine cabinetry, to custom finishes. more »

A Spa Takes Form through Fashion Inspiration

Last fall, I had a speaking gig at the Pool and Spa show in New Orleans. After the presentation, I got to talking with Genesis 3 Platinum Pool Builder James Scott, owner of Group Works Water Concepts  in Connecticut about his glass mosaic pool and spa project. He wanted to use glass tile to create more »

A Floor Worth Every Penny.

A copper penny floor is nostalgic and interactive.  Can you find a penny made during the year you were born? Or maybe you are the lucky one who will find the carefully hidden Canadian coin…. We recently  installed copper pennies on the powder room floor of an ultra-hip man cave. We’ve seen many do-it-yourself videos more »

Hand cut mosaics in a contemporary design

It’s fun for us to get involved in the design process, and so when contractor Mark Zimmerman of Desert Metropolitan approached us for our glass tile design and installation expertise, we grabbed our swatch cards and got to work! The Project:  A guest wing bathroom design, and the homeowner wanted a soothing spa feel that more »

A Craft Cocktail in one hand…

Our original Alpentile Creative mosaic mural sign stands proudly in front of  Seattle’s hottest new craft distillery, Captive Spirits Distilling.  Beautiful new photographs just in, by Chad Robbs.     Here, a detail showing the hand-forged juniper branch with faceted iron ‘berries’.  This naturalistic style of hand forging is extremely difficult, and a trademark of Grizzly Iron. Jason more »

Hot Tile Design Trends!

This contemporary master bathroom remodel, designed and built by Erik Koss, Koss Design+Build illustrates how using scale, materials, and color results in a uniquely streamlined and textural environment.  Not only that, the materials used in this installation are sustainable and environmentally conscious.  Here are some of the hot trends we see in tile now: 1. more »

Scottsdale Pool Returns to Splendor

After sitting on the market for a considerable amount of time, this formal backyard needed some serious TLC before new owners would be able to enjoy it.  What was once a beautiful, formal pool, had been left to bake in the desert sun, and several attempts at ‘band-aid’ repairs had taken their toll on the more »

A Perfect Dose of Eye Candy

Glass tile is a dynamic material choice for any pool or spa.  This sleek desert contemporary pool, designed by Red Rock Pools and Spas, delivers just the right amount of glitz with a precision overflow glass tile spa, and glimmering mosaic details throughout the pool.   Designing a contemporary pool that sits comfortably in the more »


  We recently helped our friends over at Oceanside Glasstile with some installations for their new product line, “Blue”.  This exciting new collection is based in the simple beauty of the material from which it is crafted. With a color palette steeped in nostalgia, this product line offered the perfect selection for a luxury bachelor more »

Ice Blue and H20 – A Cool Combo!

Sometimes a fountain just needs a little TLC. This contemporary water feature had some technical problems and when homeowner Bret Hopper contacted us.  He worried his fountain wouldn’t be able live up to its full potential. Not to worry!  We brought the right installation system and great products and design to the project to create more »

Reflective Oasis

Click here for the full Phoenix Home and Garden Article: A desert oasis features clean geometric lines in this Vanishing Edge Pool.  This fabulous pool boasts a radius spill-wall extending over 55 linear feet, 75 linear feet of perimeter overflow in black limestone and an all glass tile spa.  Essential to achieving this finished product more »

A Vintage Design Restoration

It is a rare and wonderful occasion to step into the past – and that’s just what happened when Joey and Nova came upon a 1950’s home in a historic Tucson neighborhood … in original condition. Hidden under a single layer of 1970’s wallpaper and linoleum, they discovered original finishes …perfectly preserved… from wall paper more »

Feature Fireplace

Your fireplace deserves to feel beautiful, you know!  …just take a look at this sparkling improvement to what was formerly a Monolithic and oh-so-brown fireplace, looming in the corner of a Cave Creek great room until homeowners settled on a jazzy glass mosaic blend, ‘Northern Lights’ by Oceanside Glasstile. With 14′ ceilings we were fortunate more »

Swimming Pools in Small Spaces

In a perfect world we wouldn’t have to make the compromise between form and function.  A good designer will create an outdoor space that harmonizes the two.    In a small yard, the swimming pool doubles as a landscape design feature.  A contemporary feel in this cozy backyard space is achieved through clean lines and more »

Captivating! Custom Mosaics by Alpentile

Alpentile specializes in glass tile installations in every application, from custom signage to swimming pools…so we sprang into action when Ben Capdevielle announced plans to open Captive Spirits Distilling in Ballard, WA… “…We must lead thirsty patrons to delicious libations….”  The distillery needed a sign that communicated the spirit of artisan distilling.  We knew what more »

Refined, Elegant, and Sophistocated….

Our recent projects show interior design trending towards elegance in composition with sophisticated use of color.  Clients are remodeling their living space with intent to stay and enjoy the results. Unique personalization and detailed craftsmanship are a significant part of a current conversation revolving around quality installation and timeless design. Here, antiqued silver hardware, hand-carved more »

Shimmering Sanctuary

Imagine relaxing in your own shimmering resort-inspired spa! We loved bringing designer Wendy Lesueur’s vision for this perimeter overflow spa to a reality. Wendy uses complex color combinations like rich warm tones with just a hint of blue to play off the hues of the Sonoran Desert. Blended iridescent and metallic finishes reflect sunlight beside more »

Waterproof Wallpaper

  One of our favorite installations ever, here vintage aesthetic intersects with a contemporary design in this glass mosaic jewel box bathroom.  Subtle details like the contour of this clawfoot tub next to the modern shape of this toilet show how good design can span many decades.  These green glass mosaics by Oceanside Glasstile are more »

Going Green in Style

Our dream is to see every client end up with a gorgeous space of this caliber.  This master bathroom renovation by Phoenix architect Greg Seitz incorporates recycled glass mosaics into his contemporary design.   Unique details of this project include a curbless shower pan… The unobstructed effect makes this sizable bathroom feel even roomier. A more »

Pure Genius

Guests of this bath receive a spa-like welcome when they are surrounded by the purest of clear glass mosaics and the golden glow of iridescence. Installation: Luke Denny Design: Amy Denny Tile: Walker Zanger ‘Weave”

Drabulous to Fabulous…

This Scottsdale, AZ kitchen goes  from drabulous to fabulous with a new backsplash featuring Bisazza glass mosaics and 24K gold accents.

Alpentile - Glass Mosaic Backsplash

Handcrafted Mosaic Murals

Exciting developments  over here in the Alpentile Creative Suite….We just completed our first custom glass mosaic mural. We’ll be presenting this to The Soul Sanctuary at their next fundraising event, which is right around the corner:  December 12, 12pm, at The Sanctuary Resort and Spa in Paradise Valley, AZ. It was a great way to more »

Vermont Slate takes a Modern Turn

    How do you take ordinary 16 x 16 slate tile and make it a contemporary focal point?  Architect John Szafran was seeking a modern, linear tile layout to reflect the scale of this custom fireplace design. Luke hand-cut each tile to perfect modulation, and then blended the tiles throughout the entire installation so more »

Sign Builders Illustrated, April 2012

Alpentile’s Custom Mural Work was recently covered in this full-length article in Sign Builders Illustrated Magazine.  This sign, made for Ben and Holly up at Captive Spirits Distillery in Ballard, WA was a creative collaboration that introduced us to Jason LaBrash over at Grizzly Iron for his help fabricating the framework for our sign.  The more »

California Homes, Aug 2008

Luke’s mosaic installation in a Tempe, AZ Residence. Design / Build by Mark Zimmerman, Desert Metropolitan