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Custom Glass Sink & Tile

Custom Glass Sink & Tile

Splurging on just one custom detail can make a budget bath really stand-out.  In this article we’ll show you 4 hand-made sinks that make stock materials shine!

In the Powder Room to the right, the custom glass sink is accompanied by coordinating custom glass tiles.  However, all the remaining materials are mid-priced to low-priced stock materials.  The price for the countertop was limited to the homeowner’s own labor — the cararra marble was salvaged from the junk pile of a marble installer. Since the room is slightly less than 3′ wide, only a small piece was needed.  The countertop sits on a console table purchased unfinished online.  The home-owner blended a custom stain for the vanity and for the mirror frame.  The faux slate on the walls was purchased for less than $2/sqft. The faucet from Grohe was less than $250.   

custom glass sink & glass tile

custom glass sink & glass tile

This powder room also features a salvaged countertop and stock tumbled stone tile (purchased from home depot for <$5/sq ft.) alongside a custom
glass sink and coor-dinating custom glass tile.  We’ve used this
faucet from Porcher several times because the lines coordinate well with the glass and it has the height needed for tall vessel sinks.  At trade prices, we’ve purchased it for about $400.

custom glass sink

custom glass sink

In this master bath, we again used custom glass sinks juxtaposed with rough, tumbled stone.  We kept costs down by purchasing stone by the pallet from a wholesale supplier.  Using the same stone throughout the house (kitchen, fireplaces, and baths) we created
continuity as well as saving money. 

custom glass sink

custom glass sink

The vanity to the right is the wife’s side of the master bath, above. The sink has a more fluid form.  The beadboard wainscot (80″ high) throughout this bath is from sheet goods which has a lower material cost and a much lower  labor cost than tongue and groove beadboard siding. The tile countertops are significantly less expensive than stone or solid surface materials and still give a luxurious feel.

In these 3 baths, the custom touches are the focal point.  The stock materials so beautifully compliment their respective looks that they feel much more expensive than they are. 

Custom Sinks & Tile by Jackie Braitman
All images courtesy of BraitmanDesign/Build
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I'm the owner and principal of Braitman Design/Build. We remodel older homes within the urban and close-in suburban areas of Washington, DC. In addition to our full service Design/Build Practice We welcome small design projects and small home improvement projects. And consult with homeowners across the country who want to design and manage the remodeling process themselves. Finally, my work is informed by my experience as an exhibiting sculptor and designer. I truly work at the intersection of art, architecture and design. Please see for yourself the extraordinary result when architecture, design and art are seamless parts of the whole. Please also visit my sculpture website: www.jackiebraitman.com

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