WINNER OF A 2011 LOCAL NARI CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR RESIDENTIAL BATH OVER $60,000, INCLUDING “BEST OF SHOW”
This client regained ownership of his house post-divorce; and he was anxious to redefine his dream home, which included creating a relaxing, luxurious, master bath and dressing area that offered a country club atmosphere. While generous in size, the existing layout was fairly basic. In the words of the interior designer who helped transform the home, “…it was bland and boring with builder-grade cabinets, ceramic tile countertops and floors”. So, the goal was to create a more aesthetically pleasing environment.
The kitchen and wet bar area were also remodeled extensively but were not submitted for an award.
Here’s a summary of our activities:
- At the outset while we were demolishing a wall adjacent to the closet, we discovered a load-bearing post that had been erroneously omitted from the plans. Consequently, we redesigned the project to accommodate a more asymmetrical concept and incorporated a load bearing post into the cabinetry – allowing us to avoid using a more expensive support beam. Despite the modifications, however, we were able to segregate the bathroom into a central “wet” area, transitional dressing areas and doorless closets.
- Existing vanities had been tacked onto the wall and appeared miniscule in contrast to the twelve-foot ceiling. So, we added soffits over each sink and wing walls on either end of the bath tub. We replaced the existing cabinets with frameless, custom cabinets, which included soft-close hinges, furniture bases and electrical outlets in drawers. We also replaced sheet mirrors above the sinks with framed, bevel-edged mirrors that extended from the countertops to nine feet above the floor.
- We replaced ceramic-tile countertops with Michelangelo black-marble and matching six-inch backsplash and incorporated this same material into the tub deck. To add a contemporary touch to this otherwise traditional bathroom, we tiled the tub backsplash and risers in a dark bronze & black mosaic/metallic ceramic tile and trimmed the mosaic backsplash with a custom one-inch pencil liner fabricated from the Michelangelo marble.
- We installed a more budget-friendly, ceramic tile with mosaic deco-bands in the shower above the chair-rail with travertine tile below. We also installed a travertine-covered, concave-shaped bench, providing seating for two at either end. Additionally, we added a fog-free, low-voltage, heated mirror, which was recessed into the wall and flush with the shower wall-tile.
- In addition, we installed polished-nickel plumbing fixtures at the sinks and shower, while other features included a rain head, hand shower, thermostatic valve and volume control.
- We replaced existing builder-grade lighting with beautiful wrought-iron, double-arm sconces and an elegant yet graceful chandelier. We modified all switches with dimmers for maximum control of ambient lighting.