Carol’s custom walk-in shower/toilet room in progress:
Porcelain tile travels across the floor and vertically up one wall. Corrugated metal panels wrap the other three walls and sloped ceiling. Metal trim, grab bars and towel hooks are featured. The exhaust fan in the upper corner is almost completely noiseless.
We learned this practical design tip from our plumber last week as our current bathroom project got underway: choose your faucet, then choose your sink.
Our plumbing contractor, Steve Howard, says this is because it is easier to find sinks to fit your style of faucet than the other way around.
There is so much work in designing a successful bathroom. Steve’s tip saved us time and possibly headache in the sink department. Try it on your next project.
Here’s a kitchen taking shape for Sam and Noy’s renovation. Right at the start of the design phase they said, “No upper cabinets, just windows!” So we gave them a bank of square windows that wrap around the kitchen corner and cap the hand-painted tile backsplash. We built in a huge butcher block under the windows to handle the knife work, and a wide bar top serves everyone who wants to eat, drink and chat with the cook. The six skylights above add ample daylight to the room and are outfitted with solar-powered electric blinds. Press a button on the remote, and the blinds power themselves open or closed, keeping things cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
We had some rusted metal left over from the roof so we paired it with cedar to finish the peninsula:
We like rusty metal so much that we edged the countertop with it (we coated the metal with polyurethane so it wouldn’t rub off).
Our owners chose this antique brass hardware for the project. The knob and latch door hardware and recessed drawer pulls are a pleasure to see and use. Note that we built these cabinets to appear as though they are growing out of the brick work.