b'NTCA MEMBER SPOTLIGHTto breathtaking custom installs thateachone.Itwasanextremely are technically challenging. In fact,challenging and humbling experi-earlyon,heuppedtheanteonence full of long days and learning his expertise by immersing himselfthe hard way, but to this day I still inthecraftofsettingwithmud,believe it to be the single best thing inspired by the John Bridge ForumI ever did for myself as a craftsman. and some online tile friends. Itsharpenedmyskillsacrossthe In 2010, the John Bridge Forumboard and gave me a new excite-heldatwo-daymudeventinment about the craft. And while I Dallas. I went and soaked it all indontalwaysusemud,ithelped from some good teachers like Daveme to approach everything with a Gobis, Gerald Sloan, John Cox andnew perspective of fl at, plumb and John Bridge, he said. When I gotsquare, and built to last.back home I made a commitmentThisemphasisoncustomcrafts-to myself to learn it and go all in.manshipsetshiscreativityand Forthenextsixyears,Ifl enthusiasm on fi bringing versa- oated re, every chance I got. I was doing atility and custom attention to every lot of work for an up-and-comingjob. I feel like this has gotten me custom home builder, back-to-backinthedooronsomeveryunique high-end homes with four to eightprojects,andleftatrailofhappy bathrooms each. I fl oated them all,clients. I treat every job as if its the learningandgettingbetterwithmost important one Ive ever done.This Residential Stone Installation Award was presented at the 2014 CID Awards. It took Christensen more than 350 hours working solo on this master bath, reframing the steam shower and removing and re-engineering the subfl oor and joists. He created a 5 wide sloped-back bench, and arranged for two-pound spray foam insulationthroughout the shower. He installed a linear drain, two niches, and electric underfl oor cable heating. 64TileLetter | 2020'