Gold Winner: Richard Bubnowski Design LLC, Point Pleasant, N.J.
Project location: Bay Head, N.J.
Sq. ft. before: 52
Sq. ft. after: 52
Project cost: $35,000
This Bay Head, N.J., project consisted of the complete renovation and redesign of the only full bathroom in an existing 90-year-old classic shingle-style beach house. The owner, who uses this house primarily as a summer residence, desired to add an element of modernism, while still maintaining compatibility with the architecture of their traditional seaside home.
The challenges of this project were to make the new bathroom fit into an extremely small space with no option for expansion. The existing bath had very little natural light and ventilation since the original construction of the room was 90 years ago.
Without the option of expanding outward or into the adjacent bedrooms, the decision was made to absorb unused attic space to create a new 9-ft.-6-in.-high ceiling. This allowed for the introduction of high windows for natural light and ventilation, and offered additional wall space for a shower and other fixtures. Similarly, the installation of a vessel sink and in-wall faucets freed up counterspace.
The high ceiling also makes the space appear to be larger than it actually is and provides a feeling of loftiness. Glass tiles in both polished and matte finish simulating sea glass were used on the walls, while natural slate was used as a flooring material. The new cherry vanity complements the woodwork of the existing home.
Bath Fixtures: Grohe, Ronbow, Toto
Flooring Tile/Stone: Natural slate
HVAC: Easy Warm Floor
Lighting Fixtures: Lightolier
Paints/Stains: Benjamin Moore
Siding: Western red cedar
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