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Black tile – does it work for you?

Remodelista has an article today on black tile in bathrooms. It must be the weather (Fall is coming soon), because I was just thinking about dark bathrooms. It seems that most home remodels go for the light look – white, off-white and warm muted colors.

I suspect that due to our long dark winters in the Pacific Northwest, we tend to choose light and warm colors. But there is room for variety!

There are those out there who go for the dark look. It can have a glamorous look. Check out some of the pictures and see if it could work for you.

Black subway tile with white lav

Black subway tile with white lav

 
Black shower

Black subway tile

 
Black wall tiles with white fixtures

Black wall tiles with white fixtures

 

Consider making a radical change for your next bath remodel!

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Glamorous Bathrooms, large and small

Beautifully designed bathroom!

 

Warm tile colors run up some of the walls to give this bathroom a warm feeling. Simple, clean fixtures and patterns make this room work.

 
 
 

This small bathroom had a make over that includes vertically installed subway tiles and pedestal sink along with wall mounted lav faucet. There is no crowded feeling in this bathroom! 

 
 
 
 
 
 

This bathroom uses compact, efficient fixtures (pedestal lav and compact toilet) to best use the small room. Lots of wall mirrors create a visually larger space.

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Update your bathroom! Now!

Any remodeling project has an almost endless list of things to consider, from the all-important budget to the colors and style you want. In a bathroom, the part of the remodel that is outclassed by the shower, tub, sink, faucet, lighting and flooring is  . . . . wait for it . . . the walls! Will they be painted? Tiled?

Especially in smaller bathrooms, the walls can have a huge impact on the impression the bathroom creates.

The NKBA, or National Kitchen and Bath Association, has a nice article that can help with decisions on what to do with those walls. The paint, tile, and glass block options are discussed.

Nice use of glass block in a bath
Nice use of glass block
Unique lav and painted walls
Unique lav and painted walls

So, get your inspiration together and get started! A good contractor can help with the details.

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Bathroom basics – turn a boring bath into an experience!

There are endless websites with suggestions on how to improve or completely re-do your bathroom. It all comes down to two basics: your personal tastes and costs. I found a nice collection of bathroom remodeling ideas, with photos (a necessity), at http://www.abathroomguide.com/

Showers, shower tile and shower enclosures

Showers, shower tile and shower enclosures

I love the shower tile that can be a work of art in itself. The addition of clear glass shower doors provides a look of luxury and shows off the beautiful tile pattern.

The shower heads can be almost anything you can imagine.

Multiple shower heads for that luxurious shower

Multiple shower heads for that luxurious shower

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Bathroom remodels – be inspired!

This is one of my favorite bathroom remodels that we have done. It has a very light and airy feel, with a luxurious note due to the beautiful two-tone solid surface countertop and tile work (look in the mirror reflection).

Countertop and tile shown in mirror

Countertop with tile in reflection

Another view of this cozy bathroom, showing the beautiful cabinets that every bathroom should have!

Bathroom cabinetry

Bathroom cabinetry

So, be inspired! There are an unlimited number of ways your bathroom can be remodeled.

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Kitchen backsplashes

I hadn’t thought too much about backsplashes until recently.  They seem to be a small part of an overall kitchen remodel, and yet the more I thought about it, they are one of the small details that can add a great deal to the kitchen.

Sometimes it’s the little things that set off a room as well designed and well built, with quality materials.  The backsplash in one of our recent kitchen remodels struck me as visually appealing and complementing the rest of the kitchen with beautiful tile in an unusual arrangement.

Tile backsplash

Tile backsplash

The backsplash in this kitchen is continued around the corner and behind the stove. 

Jeb/Design Build blog, out of California, has a nice collection of photos showing many of ways backsplashes can be designed and installed. Colors and patterns are endless, limited only by your imagination and your tastes!

One of the striking backsplashes from Jebs blog

One of the striking backsplashes from Jebs blog

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This is the bathroom I need!

The Builder Online journal has a great article titled “Design Details: Showers and Tubs“.  I love the photos in this spread.  If you have ever thought about renovating your bathroom, you will get a major kick in the rear to jump start that reno for real, right now!

There is an amazing variety of bathroom designs, something really for every taste.  I often hear that expression, but rarely see it in one article.  This is it!

This is my favorite - I could spend a LOT of time here

This is my favorite - I could spend a LOT of time here

Go to the article and check out all the designs, then start planning your own!

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Eldridge Kitchen Remodel

Before renovation, the kitchen in this historic Eldridge area home was outdated and didn’t take advantage of the home’s architectural strengths:

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Before: Outdated Kitchen

The homeowners wanted a kitchen that would be reminiscent of the home’s existing classic style. However, the room presented two design challenges: an abundance of doors limited wall space…

Before: Doors Limit Wall Space

Before: Doors Limit Wall Space

and the wall behind the cabinets had a two inch outthrust. The cabinets had to be removed into order to discover what lay inside the wall.

At the walkthrough, the Pat immediately saw a spatial advantage that had been previously ignored: nine foot tall ceilings:

Before: Wonderful Tall Ceilings

Before: Wonderful Tall Ceilings That Had Not Been Taken Advantage Of

Working with only our trusted sub-contractors, we chose a cabinet design that reached to the ceiling:

After: New Cabinets Reach to the Ceiling

After: New Cabinets Reach to the Ceiling

Once the existing cabinets were removed, the mystery outthrust was determined to be hiding the heat radiator plumbing. Without moving any pipes, our master carpenter and experienced team were able to reframe the wall and remove the outthrust, allowing the project to continue unhindered. Soon thereafter, painted antique white Colony-style with narrow reed glass front cabinets were installed to the kitchen’s full height:

After: Beautiful New Cabinets

After: Beautiful New Cabinets

This created not only additional storage but a much lighter, taller and more spacious aesthetic. Cup pulls and knobs in a satin nickel finish completed the authentic feel:

After: Satin Nickle Finish Hardware

After: Satin Nickel Finish Hardware

Additional ceiling fixtures and under-cabinet lighting were installed in order to provide better illumination for working and eating in this dine-in kitchen:

After: Under Counter Lighting

After: Under Counter Lighting

Ceasarstone quartz countertops, a porcelain-coated white undermount sink and a traditionally styled faucet provide a functional and stylish addition while retaining a historic impact:

After: Ceasarstone quartz countertops

After: Ceasarstone quartz countertops

After: New Plumbing Fixtures

After: New Plumbing Fixtures

As a backsplash, 3×5 Ceramic tile was installed in the classic subway pattern:

After: Subway Tile Backsplash

After: Subway Tile Backsplash

In the backsplash, a half-inch tile deco strip complements the cabinet pulls and knobs:

After: Backsplash Deco Strip

After: Backsplash Deco Strip

The Marmolium tile flooring truly brings the room together. Set in a diagonal pattern, the one foot square cream and clay tiles create a classic look with a touch of updated color:

After: Marmolium Tile Flooring

After: Marmolium Tile Flooring

A semi-gloss paint in white provided the final touch for this kitchen, which manages to have a functional modern sensibility with a historic impression.

Before & After

Before & After

© Rose Construction 2009

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Cramped Bathroom Becomes Historic Masterpiece

This is one of my (Melissa’s) personal favorites, likely because this is the first completed project I saw after starting work at Rose Construction.

A 1937 architectural award-winner, this historic home has wonderful structure and charming details. However, the upstairs bathroom was lacking in both space and appeal:

Before: Lack of Space

Before: Lack of Space

Before: Lack of Character and Appeal

Before: Lack of Character and Appeal

The homeowner was adamant that any renovations must seamlessly fit with the rest of the home’s character.

During the initial walkthrough Pat noted that the bathroom was cramped and seemed very small. Not only was a ten square foot bedroom closet crowding the entry but a plumbing wall had been placed in the center of the room, cutting the space in half and blocking natural light from an exterior window:

Before: Plumbing Wall Crowds the Space

Before: Plumbing Wall Crowds the Space

Though no easy feat, rerouting the plumbing and demolition of both the adjacent closet and full-height plumbing wall were necessary to create the client’s dream bathroom. Drainage pipes were rerouted to travel underneath the entire length of the bathtub to the opposite wall without requiring a soffet on the floor below. To add character, the original plumbing wall was not fully demolished but was instead cut to create a 42 inch high privacy screen between the toilet and the rest of the bathroom:

After: Shortening the Plumbing Wall Opens the Room

After: Shortening the Plumbing Wall Opens the Room

The chosen finishes and materials manage to inject both 1937s character and modern design into this updated bathroom:

After: Finishes Combine Historic Charm and Modern Touch

After: Historic Charm with a Modern Touch

A subway tile wainscot composed of Calcutta Evolution Polished tile and topped with one inch Calcutta marble mosaic tile now envelops the room:

After: Subway Tile Wainscot

After: Subway Tile Wainscot with Calcutta Marble Mosaic

The subway tile pattern is continued behind the new Kohler “Seaforth” bathtub and the floor is Calcutta marble inlayed in porcelain tile:

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After: Kohler “Seaforth” bathtub and Calcutta marble floor with porcelain tile inlay

A custom made vanity cabinet stands four inches off the floor and is topped with a 3cm marble top made of marble in Calcutta Gold:

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After: Custom Vanity with 3cm Calcutta Gold marble countertop

For the cleanest possible design line, the shower curtain is hung from a ceiling-mounted cubicle curtain track. This allows for a seamless floor-to-ceiling flow of fabric:

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After: The Shower in the Background Flows Seamlessly

No detail was overlooked: even the threshold and radiator cover were deemed important and were therefore created from white marble:

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After: Details

Though the aesthetic was to be circa-1937, the client understandably wished to incorporate modern conveniences. A Kohler Memoirs comfort height toilet, two Decolav under counter mount oval china sinks and Kohler Memoirs Classic widespread chrome faucets update the room without distracting from the bathroom’s design:

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After: Kohler Memoirs Comfort Height Toilet

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After: Undermount Decolav Oval China Sinks and Kohler Memoirs Classic Widespread Chrome Faucets

For the ultimate in comfort, a NuHeat Floor Warming System and electricity within the vanity cabinets provide the final touch.

This incredible transformation truly did wonders to open up this bathroom:

Before: Cramped, After: Spacious

Before: Cramped, After: Spacious

© Rose Construction 2009

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Trendy is Classic with Subway Tile

The problem with trends is that they’re over quickly and can date your wardrobe or project. When you incorporate trends into your wardrobe it’s easy to move on when the trend is over. However, that’s not nearly as simple to do when the trend is used in your decor or remodel. For example, one of the newest trends, plaid, may once again be exclusively used by Washingtonian males wearing sandals-with-socks and college dorm rooms once the fad is over. Therefore, plaid wall-to-wall carpet may not be the best idea unless you plan to remodel again in a year.

Trends don’t last, which is why I’ve been excited to see subway tiles used so much recently. Yes, it is a definite trend but the difference is that this is an affordable classic element that will never go out of date. Once the trend has run its course, subway tiles will still look elegant and beautiful. They are extremely versatile and work well with almost every decor style from historic to sleek to shabby chic. Want to see a few  examples? Well, take a gander at just two samples from our portfolio:

Tile and ToiletAbove: Subway tile in non-standard 4″x8″ plays against mosaic flooring and marble in this updated bathroom.

Subway Tile BackgroundAbove: Standard sized subway tile (3″x6″) and a deco strip provide a classic backsplash for the kitchen in this historic home.

Subway tiles are also available with a bevel if you want a more 3d appearance. If you’re going for the handmade variety, the possibilities are almost endless (just ask your tile maker but be prepared for sticker shock). And, if course, if you’re going after the true trend, try subway tiles in another color (black and gray seem popular in the blogosphere) or install the tiles vertically rather than horizontally. Search online for inspiration and realize that in ten years your subway tile will look classic whereas your plaid carpeting may be tomorrow’s version of avocado fixtures.

© Rose Construction 2009

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