Bathrooms


Basement Laundry and Bath Makeover in Madison, WI

Our clients had a cramped and dark basement laundry and bath that needed improvement.

Their goals were to make the basement laundry room feel more spacious and comfortable for doing laundry tasks while improving the showering area and providing more bathroom storage for their lower level guest suite. Another goal was to add more overall storage to the space. 

Basement Laundry Before

Laundry Before

Basement laundry before

Shower Before

Basement Laundry Before

Bathroom Before

The existing walls closed the owner into a small dark hallway. We rearranged the washer and dryer and opened up the space by getting rid of walls and closet doors that separated the spaces. Now the bathroom is far more functional, with a brand new Kohler shower module and custom glass shower door as well as a convenient laundry area with great storage above. In addition, a large vanity with utility cabinet holds more cleaning supplies. It becomes very surprising that this brightened space is in the basement of the tri-level home.

Basement Laundry After

Laundry After

Basement Laundry after

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The client chose warm green and brown earth tones for the room.

This gives the space a very updated yet relaxing feel which will be appealing to future home buyers. The custom glass door gives the shower a more polished look. These homeowners can now enjoy a more functional, easy to use area for years to come while providing their guests a nicer bathroom space. 

Basement Laundry after

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Basement Laundry after

Custom Glass Shower Door

To see more project photos, visit our Laundry & Mud Rooms page or our Bathrooms page.


2011 Regional Award Winner: The Medieval Bath

2011 NARI Regional Contractor of the Year Award Winner: The Medieval Bath

Our Medieval Bath is an award winner! This is a very unique project and a pleasure to be a part of! It required innovation and creativity at every point throughout the project. To read further about the project, check out our previous post A Medieval Master Bath Remodel in Waunakee, WI.

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To see more project photos, visit our Award Winning Designs page.


Guest Bathroom Remodel in Madison, WI- COTY Winner

We are very excited to share this guest bathroom remodel award winner! 2011 NARI Contractor of the Year Award for a bathroom under $30,000.

In this guest bathroom remodel project, we transform a small, cramped powder bath. The traffic flow into the bathroom had a bottleneck effect, so rearranging the layout was a must. Using the couple’s inspiration from French luxury hotels they have stayed at as well as matching their kitchen cabinetry style reminiscent of their Haywood-Wakefield furniture collection, we created a very unique little powder bathroom for their guests within a budget of $15,000. This bathroom is now a showpiece award winner!

Guest Bathroom Remodel

Cramped Bathroom Before

Guest Bathroom Remodel

Storage closet causing bottleneck effect at entry to bathroom

Guest Bathroom Remodel

Cramped Bathroom Before

Guest Bathroom Remodel

New layout of bathroom

Guest Bathroom Remodel

Award-Winning Bathroom After

Guest Bathroom Remodel

Smaller storage cabinet

 

Guest Bathroom Remodel

Award-Winning Bathroom After

 

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Tile detail

 

Guest Bathroom Remodel

Toilet topper cabinet

 

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Tile Detail

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A Medieval Master Bath Remodel in Waunakee, WI!

Our latest project was a Medieval master bath remodel in Waunakee, WI.

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Bookcase

When you walk into our client Doc’s house, you see Medieval knights in shining armor, books on castles and fantasy tales of times of castles, knights, kings, and queens. He has an entire collection of his family’s crests on the walls. He even has a book case with a rolling ladder! Seeing all of these unique possessions, we couldn’t help but consider making his new bathroom into a Medieval castle!

Now, you may be picturing something very gaudy, but we don’t do gaudy. With our top notch craftsmanship and a many creative solutions, we managed to create a bathroom suite that eludes a feeling of luxury and mystery… the way that castles should!

 

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Installation of Shower

Doc has a bone disease that causes muscle pain. He wanted to reconfigure his master suite to allow for two therapeutic, spa-type fixtures from Kohler to help him relax his muscles. The Kohler shower came in a curved fixture that required more space. The whirlpool would be fitted in a similar position that the previous whirlpool was located, with a few adjustments to the plumbing.

As a single man in his recently purchased home, Doc realized that the bathroom didn’t suit his needs fixture wise on several counts.

He needed spa fixtures for muscle relaxation, but didn’t need a double sink or over sized walk-in-closet that was meant for a couple. The ability to take over the closet allowed us to reconfigure the entire floor plan into three separate rooms.

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Bathroom Before

The first room is a powder room that can be closed off when guests need to use it. As a man who values his privacy, being able to close off his personal vanity and bath was a great improvement for his first floor bathroom suite.

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Proposed Floor Plan

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Medieval Sink

You enter the master suite through a large exterior door with a speakeasy… preparing visitors for what is to come.

When you enter the powder bath, the first thing you see is the gargoyle fountain. Doc found an eaves spout tray in the shape of a gargoyle and we did some creative plumbing work to make it into a fountain with controlled water pressure to prevent splashes out of the gargoyle’s mouth.

 

The sink is a stone sink that Doc just fell in love with. The problem was, what do you put an odd-shaped, rustic stone sink on? Everything would look too clean cut and it wouldn’t match with his castle decor. We purchased some salvaged barn beams from the 1800’s, then stained, cut, and fit them around the plumbing. This gives the illusion that it’s supporting the heavy stone sink.

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Gargoyle Sink

The second room you enter is a vanity room.

It’s complete with a trap door (access panel into ceiling), dungeon door (to linen closet), wood beams, marble-looking Corian, and stone floors as well as candlelight sconces and candle glow yellow walls.

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Medieval Bath After

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Medieval Bath After

The archway to the right of the vanity introduces you to room #3. 

This room is themed as the exterior of the castle. The plastered walls are painted a sky blue and the walls of this conceptual castle are covered in rock –a nice mix of manufactured and natural stone to give it texture. In addition, the rock forms crenelations around the turret formed around the curved bath fixture.

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Medieval Bath After

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Medieval Bath After

To the right of the shower is another door, called the dungeon window. It’s a heat vent as well as an access panel to the shower fixture. The flooring is transitioned into a conceptual drawbridge with chains dangling out of gargoyles at the top of the archway.

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Gargoyle Drawbridge

The drawbridge is made of a wood-looking tile that matches the other wood tile found in the other rooms. In addition, the water around the bridge is achieved through the use of muddy water-colored rock tile. Who wouldn’t want to watch the game in there?!

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Drawbridge Floor Tile

The room is equipped with several other luxuries as well.

It has heated floor tile, a heated towel rack, and a few remote blowers for better ventilation.

As for the closet, we put a new walk-in closet that is suited for Doc’s needs. The linen closet (dungeon door) includes hangers for Doc’s work clothes so he can get ready in the morning more efficiently.

Finally, this job proved to be complex on many levels. It required innovation to overcome technical challenges, as well as creativity to resolve aesthetic and design criterion, and a bit of “what the heck, let’s try it!” This project also shows that we can take even the most conceptual design ideas and turn them into a luxurious reality. It’s a rare project that we feel privileged to have had the honor of working on.

Thanks for the honor, Doc!

To see more project photos, visit our Award Winning Bathrooms page.


A New Bathroom In A Very Old Home in Madison, WI

Recently, we finished a bathroom remodel in an old Victorian home in Madison, WI.

The owner of this home was tired of the look of the tub/shower module and wanted a tiled shower in the bathroom. This bathroom remodel updated her space while maintaining the character of the home. 

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Bathroom Before

 

To our surprise during demolition, we found that years ago, a previous owner had sawn through all of the floor joists and many studs in the bathroom walls in order to get plumbing and HVAC through to the current locations. Definitely a case of “Do Not Try This At Home.” 🙂 We relocated the plumbing pipes and HVAC to restore structural stability.

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Structural Issues

Once the structural issues were covered, it was on to creating a gorgeous main bath for the owner to enjoy.

To go with her original woodwork found throughout the home, the owner chose natural cherry cabinetry that would get richer with time, just as her house’s woodwork has. We also managed to strip her door on the bathroom side (previously painted white). We stained it to match the existing woodwork found throughout the house. The trim didn’t match the rest of the house, so we duplicated the trim that was on the other side of the door. This creates a space that looks more original to the Victorian home.

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Bathroom After

The colors of the cabinetry are also in the floor and shower tile, pulling everything together. We even found a paint color to match one of the colors in the glass mosaic.

The vanity wall is an accent wall. We kept the dark blue color on that one wall to maintain an open feeling. This creates a focal point at the sink. We also replaced the window that was in the shower with a waterproof window. Now the owner can enjoy a nice, cool breeze.

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Shower After

To see more project photos, visit our Bathrooms page.


Small Bathroom Turned Spacious in Madison, WI

Along with their Craftsman kitchen remodel, this homeowner’s cramped, small bathroom was in need of a serious renovation.

This craftsman style home was built in the early 1900s and the small bathroom had its original mudset tile. The homeowners decided that they would like a walk-in shower rather than the cast iron tub that had existed. They were limited in counter top space to a tiny vanity and radiator cabinet.

Small bathroom before

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Small Bathroom After

After

The slate flooring pulls in colors from the walls and cherry vanity cabinet, creating a sense of flow throughout the room. Extending the counter top as a banjo top over the toilet gave these homeowners as much counter top space as possible.

small bathroom after

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Small Bathroom after

Shadow Box

We replaced the radiator and its cabinet cover with a small wall radiator that is more energy efficient and space-saving. The homeowners found that they actually had extra space near the shower to place a small console table. It houses extra bathroom accessories as well as displays more of their artwork, including the shadow box we created as a Thank You present.

Small Bathroom Before

Exterior side of door

The woodwork that we carried into their Craftsman Kitchen was also carried into their bathroom.

The new window has obscure glass to match the original door and new shower door. Before the remodel, the interior side of the bathroom door had mismatched hardware and a board covering the recessed panel detailing found throughout the door. On top of that panel were several layers of white paint.

We managed to get the door stripped and re-stained to match the existing woodwork, bringing the old house character to a side of the door the homeowners had no idea had a hidden recessed panel.

Small Bathroom After

Door After

Since completion of their kitchen and bathroom project, these homeowners also tackled the 3-season porch on the front of their home. We completed the new sun room in April 2017. The result was a CoTY Award winning space! We also featured this beautiful home in the NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes in the spring of 2017. To read about their new Craftsman Sunroom check out our post Craftsman Sunroom-NARI Coty Award Winner.

To see more project photos, visit our Bathrooms page.