Sarah’s Style File – June 2014

Welcome to Sarah’s Style File, I’m Sarah, Foster Remodeling Solutions Senior Design Consultant and each month I’m bringing to you a feature project to experience the remodeling process with us!  For this month’s highlighted project I have chosen a gorgeous modern master bath remodel in Haymarket. While the layout mostly worked for the client, they wanted to update the builder grade finishes to reflect their more modern taste.



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The main goals of this project were to remodel the shower, add more storage, and refresh the space with a new look. As you can see from the before and after plans the layout didn’t need to change much, but the changes we did make made a large impact on the appearance and feel of the space. Increasing the shower foot print slightly and enclosing it with frameless glass made it feel much larger than the old shower. We also installed a low-threshold shower curb to help accommodate them after a recent knee-surgery. This will also be very helpful for aging in place! A low threshold is a great solution for those clients that don’t want to worry about the expense of a zero-threshold where either the floor joists must cut or the entire floor built up to create the angle necessary to ensure proper draining. In the shower we also installed a grab bar and bench, two items more and more clients are requesting. The recessed niches in the shower wall allow for storage of shampoo and other items without have them project into the shower space like a corner shelf would. The locations of the vanities remained the same; however we did relocate the sinks to be centered on each vanity and allow for drawer storage on each side.

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Before                                                                   After

The finishes in the bathroom definitely bring the space to life. Originally, the homeowners intended on remodeling just the shower itself and tried to find coordinating tiles with the existing builder grade tile that was on the floor and tub surround. Plans however quickly changed when it became clear to the team and homeowners that instead of trying to piece-meal the project they should go ahead and update everything. With a whole new look came the new Maple vanity cabinets in a dark Espresso stain. Satin Nickel plumbing fixtures from Kohler provide a modern and clean line look to the space. The countertops are Cambria quartz in color Praa Sands which has lovely black and grey veining with sporadic teal blue. Pulling from this blue we selected a blue grey glass accent tile for the shower and installed the linear pattern vertically which reminded them of a waterfall. The wall and floor tiles are ceramic tiles that mimic the look of Carrera marble but allow for a much friendlier budget and you never have to worry about sealing or staining. The vanity light fixtures also in Satin Nickel reinforce the clean modern lines and the soft pale grey paint on the walls enlarges the space and provides a nice contrast to some of the darker finishes.


Thanks for joining me this month for Sarah’s Style File and I look forward to seeing you again in July!! As always, if you have questions about a project or you are thinking about remodeling, give me a call here at Foster Remodeling Solutions!

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