Nuances of Simplicity

Waukee, Iowa, Half Bath

The Remodeler
Silent Rivers Design+Build, Clive, Iowa,

The Idea

Silent Rivers Design+Build was invited back to a home it previously had remodeled to remodel a half bath. The homeowners wanted the half bath to honor the home’s natural lines and Asian-influenced décor. The team incorporated a vessel sink on a pedestal, which was inspired by the homeowners’ favorite vase. The sink provides a sculptural centerpiece to the room. Custom cabinetry was constructed to increase storage space while matching the tapered angle of the pedestal and providing discreet access to plumbing connections.

Materials and color selections were chosen to tie together the basin, cabinet hardware, countertop, faucet, mirror and pedestal. Silent Rivers Design + Build chose a color palette that would give the bathroom a warm feel and highlight the existing brick floor in the bathroom.

The Materials

Silent Rivers Design + Build custom crafted riftsawn oak cabinetry for the vanity. The drawers were arranged to fit tightly against the pedestal and minimize their appearance. The team carefully designed the Silestone yellow Nile leather countertop (manufactured by Cosentino USA) to ensure a flush installation around the pedestal. To maintain the clean lines of the vanity, the mirror was recessed behind 1/4-inch drywall.

Natural light was added to the half bath with a wood Pella ProLine awning window on the exterior wall. Halo 4-inch incandescent canister lights from Cooper Lighting were installed to highlight the room.

All bath fixtures were manufactured by Kohler. They include the DemiLav Wading Pool lavatory sink, Saile elongated one-piece toilet with dual-flush technology and Symbol Tall single-control lavatory faucet.

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