This Somerset County, New Jersey project request was to remodel the master bathroom that had not been used in years because of the small size and awful condition. The homeowners required a larger shower, grab bars and more overall space. To achieve this, an adjacent closet space was included making the bathroom 32% larger.
The homeowner wanted her existing, 20-year old master bathroom remodeled and re-configured as a contemporary, spa-like bathroom for a personal retreat. In order to create the bathroom plan that the homeowner desired, the space that was a small hall and two walk-in closets located between the master bedroom and bathroom had to be included. The newly defined space allowed the incorporation of all the features on the homeowner’s wish list. Continue reading
When planning and researching a bathroom remodeling project there is always much to consider. Most of the decisions and information are obvious. What layout and type of fixtures should we choose? What color and style for the tile will look best? And of course, how much will it cost? When after thoughts pop up they tend to hinder the construction progress of the remodeler and annoy the homeowner with the added cost and oversight. Here are six common items, task and/or decisions that tend to come up after the order, during the construction, or after the completion. Continue reading
From Houzz.com and John Whipple
Many factors come into play in choosing the perfect shower tile, and often the shower’s design will dictate the type of tile that can or should be used.
For example, if you love a curved shower bench, you will need to use a smaller tile. That might seem like an easy task, but remember, you need a tile that is suitable for floor and wall use. This same tile also needs to be approved for a wet location. So when it’s installed, 95 percent of the back side of the tile needs to be in contact with the thinset (tile concrete). Often, thinset is installed with a notched trowel, and not all tiles — such as many mosaic tiles — can reach 95 percent coverage. Continue reading
Creating illusions for the eye can do great things for design. In this case, a simple trick can make your bathroom feel larger. Most of us don’t have the grand bathrooms shown to us in magazines or in this ideabook. But that’s the great thing about this trick: It can work in any size of bathroom. Whether large or small, taking your shower tile entirely to the ceiling will lift your space and make it feel larger.
I believe there are no rules in design, so there is no right or wrong way in laying your tile in this matter. It’s a trick I use and have been happy with the outcome. In some instances it works; for others, it may not be the best solution. Each homeowner should discuss preferences with their designers or contractors in order to install a shower that works best visually for them. Continue reading
In the 80’s and 90’s the term “master bathroom” had a standard of expectation that included five fixtures: two sinks, a toilet, a shower, and a jetted tub built into a tiled deck. During that period almost every upscale new single home, townhome, and condo were designed with this master bathroom. The minimum area required to reasonably fit all five fixtures is 80 square feet. Roomier ones exceed 100 square feet. At the same time, a master bathroom upgrade was a popular request for many in homes built earlier. Often the remodeling work would include stealing some space from a bedroom or a closet to achieve the room required.