Bathrooms $30,000 - $50,000

Grossmueller’s Design Consultants, Inc., Washington, D.C.
ART Design Build, Bethesda, Md.

Project location: Washington, D.C.
Sq. ft. before: 93
Sq. ft. after: 93
Project cost: $42,670

For this bathroom remodel the wife wanted Zen while the husband wanted Harley. What they both could agree on is that they wanted to open up and renovate their master bathroom without changing the square footage. They felt it was no longer necessary to have a separate small tub and even smaller shower. What they did require though was a large steam shower with multiple body sprays, a rain shower and his and her vanities. They also wanted any additional storage space that could be acquired during the remodel.

The space planning turned out to be the easy part. The old tub and shower space gave way to a larger two-person shower with all the bells and whistles, and a new storage cabinet.

A vanity space in the bathroom for him with a large recessed medicine cabinet and a vanity space for her just outside of the main bathroom with storage for jewelry fulfilled their needs.

Harley is slick, chrome, shiny, hard. Zen is restful, soft and organic. A blend of these elements led to the selection of soft cherry cabinetry, hard, shiny black countertops, natural pebble floors and chrome contemporary plumbing fixtures.

To open the space but keep things clean and simple, the window was treated with a frosted film and a new full light frosted glass door was installed. Finally, the paint and accessory colors were gleaned from historical Harley advertisements: a compromise that satisfied all.

Judges did note that pulling off a Zen/Harley combo is tough, but this remodeler certainly did a nice job. It was a good presentation that was well organized. .

Products specified:

Bath cabinets: Kraft Maid
Bath fixtures: Kohler, Grohe, Mr. Steam, Robern
Countertops: Silestone

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