Written By Kristine Bjerke, AIA
Design in the Hills Friday mornings are always focused on some type of hands-on, interactive session. This year we had the opportunity for a hands-on course in selecting the best Schluter Systems trim profiles for a variety of ceramic tile transition scenarios. The demonstration /presentation and workshop was sponsored by Syverson Tile and Schluter Systems. Every two-person team was provided a wall/floor/corner model, and sections of Schluter metal profile pieces and underlayments, as well as different wall and floor tile samples from Syverson. The presenters – Riley Wanzek and Jeremy Ghent – gave the group transition problems, and asked the group to assemble the best options using the tile and trim. We tackled wall-floor joints, tile/resilient joints, joints at different floor materials, shower assemblies and inside/outside corners and edges! They moved among the tables and monitored progress, and helped when needed. It was an awesome learning tool, and I (and probably everyone else) actually came away knowing and understanding more about designing tile transitions correctly.
Also thanks to Hebron Brick for opening their yard for the workshops and to Syverson Tile for inviting us to their showroom.
The Design in the Hills committee was formed in 2011 by architects, Kris Bjerke and Tanya Davis and interior designer Maggie Job. Over the years, many new faces have trickled through the committee as leadership in the AIA South Dakota organization has evolved, however Kris has been the anchor to an event which has become a much-anticipated gathering of designers in the Black Hills each summer. The current committee includes Ms. Bjerke, architect and AIA SD board members, Jenn Johnson & Brian Johnson and landscape architect, Tanya Olson. AIA South Dakota executive director, Angela Lammers has been a tremendous supporter and advocate to the event success as well.