Sarah’s Style File – April 2015

Sarah2_121812Welcome to Sarah’s Style File, I’m Sarah, Foster Remodeling Solutions Director of Design and I’m bringing to you a feature project to experience the remodeling process with us!  For this issue’s highlighted project I have chosen a master bath remodel in a condo in Crystal City. Here we added and removed a wall to create a larger more open master bath with updated finishes and a beautiful walk-in shower.








02_afterBeforeThe main goals of the project were to “find” more space for storage while working in the same footprint and convert an old outdated tub into a modern shower. As you can see from the floorplans and photos we achieved just that by opening the wall between the vanity and tub area which helped us gain a few much needed inches. Keeping the rough-ins in their current locations (this condo is metal framing and concrete floors so moving was not allowing by the building) we removed the tub and built low walls in the shower for toilet privacy and to bookend the vanity. The new vanity itself is taller with extra drawer storage on either side of the sink and a new recessed wall cabinet from the cabinetry company coordinates with the vanity and provides extra storage in a space that otherwise would have been just framing and drywall. Another item we had to plan for were the sprinklers, renovating in a high rise can be tricky, and in this space we had to keep one in its existing location and relocate one to accommodate the closing off of the hallway that was previously open. You can see in the photos that although we took down the wall between the vanity and the shower, the lower ceiling also had to be maintained as it contained plumbing for the building’s sprinkler system. In the shower itself we installed a handheld shower head on a slide bar to accommodate the varied heights of the homeowners and also added an extra cradle for the handheld next to the bench if one needed to be seated. Since the space was tight, the bench was designed in an angular shape to provide enough room to sit on and also enough space to get by into the shower easily. Frameless glass for the shower enclosure helps the space feel larger inside and outside of the shower.

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For the finishes in the space we wanted a whole new modern look for the room. We actually started with the wall tile in the shower choosing an oversized 12″ x 24″ porcelain tile glazed to look like a marble. This is a classic look and in the porcelain is quite practical, you get all the elegance and drama of a marble without the cost or maintenance! Pulling out some of the gray tones from the tile we chose a small scale linear glass mosaic as an accent and installed two bands, one at eye level (which you would see from outside of the shower) and one which aligned with the top of the bench. We also installed the accent tile in the back of the niche in the low wall for a little pop. On the floor of the shower we chose a classic black and white ceramic basket-weave pattern and framed it with another porcelain tile which mimicked an absolute black granite. You can see we capped the low walls to the shower with our selection for the vanity top (a nice way to avoid grout lines), a Cambria quartz surface in the Brentwood color. This quartz surface has some interesting grays and blacks and though it’s difficult to see in the photos it has a small blue fleck in certain lights which is gorgeous. From the countertop we coordinated the vanity in a mushroom grey stain with black brushing. Brushing is an interesting finish to cabinets where they take a glaze, in this case black, and literally brush it on with a heavy coarse brush. The affect is a lovely textural look which highlights the grain direction of the wood. For all of the plumbing fixtures and metal surfaces we chose polished chrome for its classic look and we anchored the space with a dark charcoal grey porcelain tile with white veining (almost the reverse of what is installed on the walls) in an oversized 12″ x 24″ porcelain tile, but we installed it on the diagonal for a more dynamic look. Many people think you can’t install larger format tile in a smaller bathroom, but as you can see here it can been done and really looks quite nice. For the walls we chose a soft blue-grey shade #1460 Silver Dollar from Benjamin Moore to pull out the small fleck of blue from the countertops and kept the ceilings bright white so the room felt bright and open.











Thanks for joining me for Sarah’s Style File and I look forward to seeing you again! 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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Written by Sarah Wolf – Director of Design – Foster Remodeling Solutions