Refreshing a Builder-Grade Bath

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Refreshing a Builder-Grade Bath
Refreshing a Builder-Grade Master Bath

My client, living in a relatively new condo in Silver Spring, was unsatisfied with the builder-grade master bath (see below).  Her main request was for additional accessible drawer storage but she also wanted frameless shower doors and a look that coordinated better with the higher-end finishes throughout the condo.   We did replace the shower doors but didn’t get a picture of the new doors because of too much reflection.

Custom Vanity & Vessel Sink:  In order to maximize drawer storage we designed a custom vanity.  By measuring the location of the existing trap and valves, we could custom design the vanity for maximum storage.  Using a vessel sink also frees up room in the vanity for storage.  The square vessel sink with vessel mounted faucet provides a nice focal point.  The square sink and bar pulls reflects other modern, linear touches throughout the condo.  The curve of the faucet keeps the linear look from becoming monotonous.  The sink is Porcher “Cubo” and the faucet is Hansgrohe “Talis”

Banjo Countertop:  Instead of the replacing the original rectangular countertop with the same shape, we designed a banjo countertop that also covers the top of the toilet tank.  The gives room for decorative touches and helps integrate the feel of the bath.  Soft curves provide safety as well as a nice flow.  Using 3/4 inch material emphases the horizontal lines.

Palette:  We used honey-colored cherry wood that echo the colors in the kitchen and dining room; Crema Marfil marble with grey and brown veining and Benjamin Moore “eclipse” paint in an eggshell finish.  Most of the hardware is chrome with just a few touches of brushed steel.  The dramatic palette reflects the use of saturated accent colors elsewhere in the condo.  The selection of the Crema Marfil marble makes the builder-grade crème/beige floor tile appear more luxurious than it actually is.

I neglected to take “before” pictures.  The “before” picture, below, was pulled from the listing of another unit in the building.  It’s a different configuration but uses the same materials as the one we remodeled.

Before:  Builder Grade Bath
Before: Builder Grade Vanilla Bath
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