Not every remodel project has to be a full-scale makeover. Sometimes the goal is simply to change the esthetics of a space to reflect a different set of circumstances in one’s life — like the departure of children for college and the big world beyond.
When our client’s children were still living at home, they shared a hall bathroom. Needless to say, with two growing kids, the emphasis was on functionality. When the children went away to college, however, the role of the bathroom shifted to accommodating guests — and our client wanted the esthetics of that room to reflect a more contemporary and welcoming design.
Because our client’s home was slab on grade, we faced some constraints in the placement of fixtures if we wanted to make this remodel as economical as possible — and since our client’s goal was to “freshen” the look of the room rather than a perform a complete makeover, we stayed within those constraints and focused on the greatest impact for the lowest cost.
While keeping the plumbing in the same location, the team that provide residential plumbing services santa rosa ca made the floating toilet less obtrusive in a small bathroom by installing the tank in a wall cavity. We put in a new shower, replaced the old vanity with a larger and more contemporary one, and added new tile and fixtures. To compliment these upgrades, we went with a new color scheme that better suited a more “mature” audience than a couple of growing kids!
Anyone who has ever watched their children grow up and leave the nest knows what a bittersweet experience that can be…but one upside can be refashioning your living space to reflect a newly rediscovered sense of freedom. Because we were able to accomplish this for our client so economically, we have since been asked to convert the children’s bedrooms into a single living space — proving once again that the highest compliment one can earn in our business is a repeat customer.
As footnote, we should add that this particular remodel project earned our firm a first place award in NARI’s photo competition. We’re very proud of that!
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Lynn and Greg loved their home in the foothills above Warm Springs. “Everything about this house is just us…it’s very eclectic,” says Greg. But there were aspects of their home that didn’t quite sustain the magic — most notably, the bathrooms
There are some things that can be readily changed, and some that can’t. Take, for example, a powder room located directly off the living room of a home.
The easiest solution to making something so private a bit less public would typically be to create a new point of access…but as this blog relates, we had to come up with a more imaginative solution.
Life is just that way sometimes.
Our client was never all that comfortable with the fact that their powder room opened directly onto their living room. One can only imagine the potential for surprise. Besides addressing this issue, they had also seen a cabinet in a magazine that they wanted to integrate in a more customized decor — one that would, you might say, minimize the “bathroom effect.”
Due to neighboring rooms and a curved wall, we could not relocate the bathroom door without major changes that would have drastically affected the budget for this remodel project. Instead, we designed a room that would serve as an accent rather than as an anomaly. The centerpiece would be a custom-built cabinet based on a design that our client had seen in a magazine.
Along with our custom cabinet, which we designed to fit into the existing powder room space, we took the overall look of the room from “dated” to “contemporary.” We designed feature lighting to focus specifically on the sink and vase, above which we mounted a free floating cabinet that was built based on our client’s specifications. We added wall mounted faucets, slate tile, a new toilet, and a new color scheme.
The moral of this remodel is, “If you can’t remove an eyesore, make it a point of appeal.” In the case of this project, we accomplished our objective by emphasizing some high quality finish materials and a use of lighting that created a sculptural effect. Besides what we added, the photos in this case study also reveal what we took out: an intercom system and a magazine rack. Perhaps the original intent was to give the occupant a way of requesting new reading selections while “engaged” — but who really wants a live broadcast from the john, let alone share ones reading proclivities with the general public?
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Founded in 1975, STRITE design + remodel is a full-service residential remodeling firm specializing in the creative and functional design and construction of room additions, kitchens, baths, and whole house renovations.
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Boise, Idaho 83705