Bathrooms $30,000 - $50,000

Gold Winner
D.P. Design, Portland, Ore.

Silver Winner:
Carnemark Systems & Design Bethesda, Md.

Bronze Winner:
Amazing Spaces
Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.

During the initial consultation of this Tigard, Ore. master bath remodel, the homeowners expressed a serious need for functional storage, to get personal-care products off the countertop. To achieve this, D.P Design of Portland, Ore. added four wall cabinets, two base pantries and converted the existing shower into a closet. By installing outlets inside the cabinets for hair dryers and rechargeable appliances, the functionality was increased.

In addition to storage, the homeowners requested a two-person shower and complete update of the bathroom, to achieve more visual appeal that would withstand the test of time. They felt the existing two-person whirlpool tub and the one-person shower were a waste of space. The shower and toilet were located in the same room, which negatively affected privacy for someone using the toilet or shower. The structural challenge that had to be addressed during the redesign of the bathroom was how to incorporate the lowered “V” in the ceiling where the roof pitch changed.

The original bathroom was poorly lit, ventilated and heated. Well-placed recessed fixtures controlled by dimmers became the foundation for general and mood illumination, which was then enhanced by specific task sidelights and low-voltage accent lights. Two new ultra-quiet, powerful exhaust fans now prevent moisture-related problems that the homeowners fought in the original space, and new radiant-heat flooring creates a comfortable temperature all day.

Original oak cabinets were replaced with custom Shaker-style alder cabinets with rounded edges, stained two different colors for visual impact. Increasing the height of the base cabinets afforded more storage, and reduced the possibility of back injury for the mature homeowners. The almond 2-in. tile countertop was replaced by a mocha-colored Noce Travertine slab, which influenced the color scheme for floor and wall tiles.

To add a subtle feminine feeling, a curvy feature stripe was added to the shower walls and backsplash. The same stripe, resembling a stylized stream on the floor, inspired the addition of an artistic waterfall on the back wall, flowing into the stream.

Everything about this bathroom achieved the best function, safety and appearance that the homeowners will enjoy for years. Instead of screaming “I’ve been remodeled,” it whispers, “I’m better than ever.”

Products specified:

HVAC: Panasonic

Toilet: Toto

Lavatory: Kohler

Faucet: Jado

Lighting: Juno, Vista

Project location: Tigard, Ore.

Sq. ft. before: 86.92 sq. ft

Sq. ft. after: no change

Project cost: $47,650.00

Photo credit: Stickley Photography

SILVER: Carnemark Systems & Design Bethesda, Md.

BRONZE: Amazing Spaces
Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.