Bathrooms Over $50,000

Gold Winner: Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath Ltd., Chevy Chase, Md.
Project location: Washington, D.C.
Sq. ft. before: 41
Sq. ft. after: 91.3
Project cost: $89,993

The scope of this bathroom project by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath Ltd. entailed a total reconfiguration of a 1930s master bathroom. All the bath products were replaced and a design was created to meet the wants and needs of the homeowners. The objectives of this project were to create a contemporary bathing oasis that is both aesthetically pleasing and functionally satisfying.

The existing space contained all the original fixtures, with the exception of the replacement toilet. The room had a small wall-hung sink with a mirrored medicine cabinet, the toilet, a stall shower, one single-bulb light fixture above the sink and one ceiling fixture in the middle of the room. The one item in the room that the homeowners wanted to reuse was an art-deco inspired shower door. It was in mint condition and had an etched image of a goddess-like figure pouring water from a large urn.

The 21st century preferences and tastes of these young homeowners were reflected in their furnishings and contemporary art, but they also wanted to provide a visual bridge to the home’s architectural heritage. The desired features they requested were: 1) a double-bowl vanity with drawer storage; 2) a one-person jetted tub; 3) a large two-person shower with two stationary showerheads, six body sprays, a hand-held shower, and a clear frameless glass shower enclosure; 4) a tall linen storage cabinet; and finally, 5) a one-piece toilet.

To fulfill the homeowners’ wish list of features it was evident that additional square feet would be needed. By incorporating the underutilized dressing room and moving the dividing wall between the existing bathroom and dressing room, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath Ltd. was able to create the necessary square feet. In order to provide adequate space for the two-person shower, the toilet was moved within the joist bay to the opposite side of the room. The original glass shower door was reused as a glass center panel in one of the bathroom doors.

The cabinetry’s clean and simple lines and its blond veneer finish is reminiscent of the popular 1930s furniture style, but is now covered with today’s “eco-friendly composite” veneer material. The selection of the charcoal gray polished quartz slab provides a contemporary color punch to the countertop and to the other auxiliary slab areas of the bathroom. The maintenance-free surface of the quartz material is a very desirable feature for these busy homeowners.

Specified Products

Cabinetry: Wood-Mode
Countertop: Cambria
Exhaust Fan: Panasonic
Fixtures: Dornbracht, Graff, Grohe, Hansgrohe, Kohler, Lacava, Neptune, Toto

Silver Winner:
CG&S Design-Build, Austin, Texas

Bronze Winner:
Hanson Carlen Construction, Inc., Spokane, Wash.

Honorable mention:
Mantis Design & Build, Minneapolis, Minn.

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