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Bathroom remodels

Black tile floor retro style
Black tile floor retro style
 
I’m intrigued by this dramatic retro-style tile flooring, done in black with white trim. 

We’ve renovated many bathrooms all over Whatcom County. Here are a few of our recent projects that showcase custom built bath vanities, solid surface vanity tops, tiled showers and flooring.

Bath & shower

Bath, shower & bath lav

 

Close up of flooring:

Custom tile flooring

Custom tile flooring

 

Remember that you can be creative and unconventional in your bath remodel – it is for you, after all. 

Small attic bathroom
Small attic bathroom – with octagonal retro floor tile
The following information is excerpted from Bill Howe, Bathroom Remodeling, San Diego.

“The bath and shower area can also be a strong focal point in the bathroom.  Your space will often determine whether you will have a walk-in shower and/or separate tub or tub/shower combination.”

“Commonly used materials on the walls are tile and solid surface. Consideration should be given for maintenance, aesthetics, cost and durability as you make the material decision. Other options in this area are for benches, tile accents and shower inserts to hold shampoos and soaps.”

“There are numerous possibilities for fixtures including body sprays, rain showers and slide rails. The finish of the shower fixtures should be coordinated with the accessories.”

“Shower or tub enclosures also offer a way to customize your space. Frameless glass is an effective way to make a bathroom feel larger. The texture of the glass will affect the translucency yet still allow light to penetrate. Fabric curtains are also an option and can be extended beyond the width of the tub with a curved shower bar.”

 

 

 

 

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Award winning kitchen before and after photos

This is oue entry for the $30 – $60,000 category kitchen remodel that Rose Construction won a Whatcom County NAHB REX award for.  

Before Remodel

Before remodel

To achieve our client’s main objective to open up the space between the kitchen and dining areas, we completely remodeled this 1979 kitchen.  The new design included widening passageways and installing new white-oak flooring between the two areas, creating a more modern look and flow. 

Additionally, stainless steel appliances, custom cherry cabinetry and granite countertops with an under mount sink were installed to improve the modernization.  The 12” by 24” polished tiles with a multi-color mosaic pattern were installed vertically as a backsplash to highlight grout lines and complement the new finishes. 

After remodel

After remodel

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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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You’ll love this shower tile!

Warm colors and contrasting patterns

Warm colors and contrasting patterns

This shower will greet you with a pleasant, warm feeling before you even step into it.  The earthy tones and large will tiles contrast with the creamy tones of the smaller, lighter floor tiles. 

Glass shower door & bench

Glass shower door & bench

Keep checking out all the showers and bath designs as you look for the perfect master bath!

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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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