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Bathroom Reno Part 2: “Possibilities”

Bathroom Reno Part 2: “Possibilities”

As I said in my previous post regarding our bathroom remodel, there is not such thing as a simple home repair when you are a designer.

 

So while reality said we needed to keep the current footprint to keep our costs down, the designer in me just had to try a few other possibilities. In the end, I came up with 3 different configurations of the space.  The original bathroom is pictured below.

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Possibility #1 The first configuration involved tearing out the existing tub/shower combo and adding a free standing tub. I have been dreaming about a deep, free standing soaking tub for years and I really wanted to see if there was a way to add one to this small space. After playing around a little, I did find a way.

By removing the tub/shower combo and moving the vanity into its space, I was able to add the tub in the area formerly occupied by the vanity. I chose this layout, rather than leaving the tub in the immediate entry area, to prevent it from being too crowded as you walked into the bathroom. Because this is this the main bathroom for two of the bedrooms in the house, I also wanted to include a shower.   Since there is no room for a separate shower within the existing footprint of the bathroom, a shower was added to the tub, by suspending a shower curtain and shower head from the ceiling.  The wallpaper was replaced with a paint color I had used for a project I had worked on with a client, and had fallen in love with – this bathroom project seemed like the perfect place for it!  Classic elements that fit well with the feel of the tub, such as a marble counter, white subway tile and black and white floor were added to finish off the room.

Below, you can see a floor plan blueprint, and two 3D images of this interpretation of the space.

Possibility #2 For the second configuration I went in the opposite direction and removed the tub completely. A shower replaced the tub/shower combo, and it was kept in the same location.  However, to make the space feel more open, the wall between the vanity and shower was removed and the plumbing was shifted to the other end. This allowed for a glass wall on 2 sides of the shower. The same finishing touches as in possibility #1 – marble vanity top, black and white tile flooring, white subway tile, and the paint color on the walls – were used again in the second design.

Below, you can see a floor plan blueprint, and two 3D images of this interpretation of the space.

Possibility #3 Finally, the last configuration kept the same footprint as the original. However, the soffit was removed from above the shower/tub combo to open up the space. And as in the other two possibilities, flat panel cabinet doors were replaced by shaker style doors and all the materials (paint, tile, etc) were changed. Although it was still a floor to ceiling renovation, this configuration was the least expensive option as it did not require moving any fixtures.

Below, you can see a floor plan blueprint, and two 3D images of this interpretation of the space.

So after weighing all of our options, what did we decide on?

We chose the third configuration!  While cost was a major consideration, we also took into account who the bathroom served. This bathroom is the main bathroom shared by two bedrooms upstairs. The master bedroom has an en suite with a shower only, and the bathroom shared by the two downstairs bedrooms has a shower only as well. The second configuration, which involved removing the tub, would mean there was no bathtub in this house. As a parent/grandparent with young grandchildren who visit, a bathtub is a necessity. In addition, I love a good soak with a book now and then and was not ready to just give this up. Therefore, we crossed possibility #2 off our list early on. These same considerations actually led us to conclude the free standing tub was not practical. It is much harder to bathe children in a freestanding tub. And as my husband and I plan to age in place in this home, a free standing tub could be difficult to navigate in our later years. In addition, even though we needed to keep a tub, showers are more frequently taken in this bathroom and the freestanding tub does not provide the best shower option.

As you can see, there is a lot more to take into consideration when going through a remodel than just how a design looks.  A good design is only as good as it is functional.  Our spaces need to be both beautiful AND practical (and in our case, sustainable!) in order to truly make our lives better.  Luckily, it’s almost always possible to be both!

In my next post, I will share the materials we decided upon for our bathroom remodel. They are quite different then the ones pictured here, which were chosen initially to complement the free standing tub idea. I kept them consistent across the three floor plans so the materials did not influence our views of the floor plan.

UPDATE:

Since completing our remodel I have come across an option I did not find available at the time we were remodeling. Had I known it was possible, this is the design option we would have chosen.  While keeping the current floor plan, we would have created a wall – solid at the bottom and glass at the top – that would divide the shower/tub from the vanity. The tub spout would be mounted on the bottom portion of the solid wall, while the shower and the piping for the shower would be mounted on the upper glass portion of the wall. This would have let much more light into the shower area and really opened up the space. (Note: the picture of the shower does not accurately represent the shower hardware needed, but it was the best my program could do. The pipe from the handle to the showerhead would actually extend down to the solid wall where it would access the water).

 

Do you have a project – big or small – that you need to tackle?  Contact us today, we can help you get started!

 

 


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Bathroom Reno – “Before”

Bathroom Reno – “Before”

One of the hazards – according to my husband – of living with an interior designer is that there is almost no such thing as a simple home repair.

 

An example: we recently discovered that the reason our flooring was uneven in one of our bathrooms was due to a leaky toilet…and, well, you can guess where that lead!    Obviously we have to redo our flooring and replace part of the subfloor.  And when we bought this house 3 years ago the bathroom was almost fully in its 1960’s beige glory.  It was definitely time for an upgrade.  So, we might as well tackle the rest of the bathroom while we’re at it, right?  Right!

Now I’m excited.  Who wouldn’t be??

Here is some of the beige splendor: We’ve got beige and white vinyl floors, beige and white tile, and wallpaper with little beige and white flowers on it. And don’t you just love those white bath and shower fixtures?

Although we could go really crazy and totally change up the entire space, we have decided to stay with our existing footprint and basic floor plan to keep costs down. The bath tub which is fairly new will stay, but most of the rest of the bathroom is going, going, gone!

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We will be removing the soffit or dropped ceiling in the shower. Right now it feels very closed in and little light gets in there. And as a fairly tall person, I want to move the shower head up.  While we’re at it, we will be replacing the old beige tile in the shower with a large format tile to minimize grout lines and places for mold to grow.

The window will stay and the cabinet boxes will be reused. However, we plan on replacing the doors on the cabinets, as well as the drawer boxes – which will have glides added for easy opening and soft closing. In addition, will replace the dated vanity top, sink, faucet and shower fixtures.

The oddly placed lights – which are currently squished up against the wall – will be replaced with a 3-light fixture that is from another bathroom in the house, and will be centered over the mirror.  Although the mirror is a fairly basic design, and not the newest style in the world, it’s a great size and in good shape, so we’ll be keeping it.  A big part of being a sustainable designer is reusing what I can and “making it work” instead of just throwing things out.

And of course we will get a new floor and toilet!  The toilet is a an early low flow one that is prone to clogging – not to mention the toilet leak is what lead us down the renovation road in the first place! – so it’s time for an upgrade.

 

Interested in watching the whole process? Stay tuned for future developments! I will be showcasing the materials we will be using and explaining why they were chosen. In addition, I will have some 3D-renderings of what the space will be like when it’s done! And of course I will share pictures every step of the way. The best part is, you get a front row seat and don’t have to experience the dust and mess of construction!

 

Do you have a project – big or small – that you need to tackle?  Contact us today, we can help you get started!

 

 


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Just A Little Help

Just A Little Help

I’ve had several calls from prospective clients who want help with a small design job. They have all been hesitant and almost apologetic for wanting  “just a little help.”

My response to those who feel this way is that there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting “just a little help.” A little assistance with an interior designer can go a long way. In a few hours a designer can help you in a variety of ways including – but not limited to – picking colors, identifying your style, creating a more functional yet beautiful space, or helping you edit your space (adding or subtracting items) to make it feel more complete.

Many people watch design shows on television in which people tear into their spaces ripping out and discarding everything, and come away feeling as though this is the only way to redesign a room or home. While the end result is dramatic and new, it is often a very costly and potentially wasteful process. And more importantly – a beautiful space can often be obtained much more simply and quickly.

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Here are some benefits of using an interior designer:

Making the perfect color selection:

Paint is one way to bring color into your space and it can give you the biggest bang for your buck. However, choosing the right color or colors can be daunting. There are so many shades options to pick from, and you want to choose something that sets the right tone for your room, in addition to one that complements the furniture, fabrics, artwork, etc. already in place. A few other things to take into consideration are whether your paint choice flows nicely with other colors in the house as you move from room to room, how the light in a space will impact how the color looks on the walls, whether you want to have an accent wall, what color will look good on the trim, and whether that little swatch you saw in the store will really look good all over your walls. The considerations are many, so get some help up front and paint just once!  Color also comes into play in several other areas when it comes to design.

Maybe you love your paint, but you need help picking out the right coordinating colors for furniture, fabrics and accessories. Whatever your color dilemma, a designer can help! In the picture below you can see how using the right color, a luscious clay, on the walls, along with a new rug that pulls all the colors in the room together created a dramatic change in a formerly bland living room.

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Finding your style:

A designer can help you identify your style, and guide you when choosing furniture, fabrics and accessories for your space. In the living room pictured below the clients were going for a modern style – we worked together to create this style by using a black and white palette with pops of red to pull everything together with the desired modern feel.

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Creating a Layout:

Placing your furniture can be quite challenging. We’ve all seen those quirky older rooms where the furniture just doesn’t seem to work!  Starting out with a new empty space can be just as hard once you put furniture in the room.  All sorts of things you didn’t notice before can begin to seem problematic – like when you suddenly realize that the 5 doors leading into the room are a horrible traffic flow issue!  A designer can help you arrange your furniture so that your space is both functional and beautiful. With 3D design software you can even see your room virtually and try out several arrangements before you break your back moving everything around. Designers can also help you configure built-in cabinetry for your kitchen, bathroom and other rooms in your space. They can provide you with floor plans and drawings that will help you or your installer place everything correctly.

In the pictures below you can see the original floor plan of a kitchen/laundry area on the left, with the proposed floor plan in the middle, and on the right a 3D perspective of the proposed floor plan. These plans and perspectives can be very useful in the decision making process.

Pulling your room together:

A designer can help you decide what works in your room and what doesn’t. You can then focus on buying only those pieces or items that you need and rid your rooms of the pieces that just don’t fit. It may be that all you need are some new accessories, or paint, or some new upholstery to update and freshen up your space and give you the room you love. The ottoman pictured below was reupholstered to bring it back to life, and became a little touch that made a big difference in tying the whole space together.

Furniture Upgrade Living Room After 3 Delano Designs

Going Green:

An added benefit  of working with a sustainably focused designer like Delano Designs is that you can feel good about being green. We can work with you to create a beautiful new space that you’ll love, all while cutting down on waste, reusing what you have, and purchasing new items wisely

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These are just a few of the ways an interior designer can benefit you and your project. Getting “just a little help” up front can save you a whole lot of drama, work and money in the long run!

Are you ready for “just a little help”?  Contact us today to get started!