Next to the kitchen, the master bath is one of the most important rooms to upgrade for the best return on investment. In this case, the master bath was not only dated - and I’m not sure it was even all that attractive in it’s heyday - it was also not functional as the shower tile had failed and was leaking.Read More
So, I’ve run into several , let’s just say, unusual bathtubs in the last few weeks doing some research, and it got me thinking that perhaps it was time to devote a whole post to the subject of bathroom fixtures.
As I have trumpeted many times, choosing your bathroom fixtures and finishes wisely is important becauseRead More
Create your perfect bathroom while avoiding the
"design fad" trap
You might renovate your bathrooms once in the time you live in your house…maybe twice if you stay there for more than 30 years, but in any case, whatever you do will need to have staying power. Having worked on dozens of bathrooms with clients over the last 25 years, we have the benefit of much experience. We have seen many trends come and go and have learned to discern which are fads and which are new classics.
Here are some things to consider when creating your perfect bathroom:Read More
Our hero has weathered the demolition phase ... dumpsters full of old cabinets and tile and TONS of brick and the supporting cinderblocks were carted away, and the framing of the new spaces is complete! Plumbing is being roughed in, and electrical and HVAC are all underway ... nothing that inspiring to photograph on the site at this point, but a lot of pretty finish selections to see!
Meanwhile, back at the studio, the homeowners are busy making the millions of decisions that will eventually add up to a beautiful space. Appliances and fixtures have been specified, cabinet styles selected and stone and tile selections are underway. Just this week, we are finalizing the stone choices so we can confirm the cabinet finishes. A recent stoneyard visit yielded the response of "I LOVE this" from the client and we knew we had the winning direction for the finish plans.
While I adore the space planning and problem solving phase at the beginning stages of a renovation, selecting the finishes is so rewarding because it is usually the part that clients get most excited about ... they can see and feel the materials and start to imagine the finished spaces better. And so begins the "fun" part of this renovation tale!
The powder room is just off the kitchen and laundry room - the kitchen will have white perimeter cabinets, a charcoal island, and grey stone countertops and the powder room will have similar finishes.
Here is the quartzite we are lusting after for the countertops:
and here is the charcoal finish for the powder room cabinets, a possibility for the sconces to flank the mirror, and the Carrera basketweave tile for the powder room floor (to be installed on the diagonal).
The Master bathroom will have countertops, tub deck, and shower seat in this amazing quartzite with wonderful movement in shades of gray and greige and even hints of a blue-green.
Some 'supporting cast' tiles to go with this standout stone have yet to be selected, but the shower walls will definitely feature this herringbone Carrera, and the cabinetry will be in this warm dark brown-black stain:
For the third bathroom, we are looking for a remnant of, most likely, brown fantasy granite for the countertops - this being an extremely popular stone at the moment, that should be a fairly simple acquisition!