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Bethesda MD Small Bathroom Design

Harry Potter had to live below the steps. Kristine B has to shower above the steps. Kristine B’s house on Augusta Lane in Glen Mar Park in Bethesda MD was built in 1948. Harry Truman was running for a second term against Tom Dewey. We don’t know who the builder was but we know he thought one bath was more than sufficient.

Bethesda bathroom Design in the 1950’s

Sometime in the 1950’s a remodeling contractor was hired to design a master bathroom for this Bethesda home. Cleverly it was located in the closet above the entry foyer. The foyer is very small and the steps start just three feet from the front door. The stair case ceiling begins pushing through the second floor just 3′ from the front of the bathroom. Therefore the only place to put the shower was on top of the stair case two riser heights above the bathroom floor. The antithesis of a zero threshold shower is a 17″ threshold shower! But it worked…sort of.

Joe Geletich bathroom designer

When Kristine B came to Joe Geletich senior bathroom designer at Signature Kitchens Additions & Baths to redesign her fifty year old bathroom he had to shake his head. The space could simply not have been any smaller and could not be made any bigger. What a small bathroom design challenge. But Joe did it and Kristine loves it and that is all that counts.

Small Bathroom Remodeling Bethesda

At Signature Kitchens Additions and Bathrooms we have been designing and remodeling bathrooms for years. We have a vast experience in all aspects of remodeling, and specialize in kitchen and bathroom design. Signature Kitchen Additions and Bathrooms has earned the reputation for outstanding interior design, full service construction, and uncompromising customer service. Make an appointment with a designer today.

If you are considering a bathroom design, here are some things that you may want to look for in your new space. Today’s bathrooms are all about luxury and convenience. Trends come and go, so make sure that you incorporate elements in your design that is efficient, space saving, and timeless. Perhaps you are looking for the perfect soaking tub, or a whole new color scheme, fixtures that will stand the test of time. Some of the most important elements in your bathroom design should include smarter storage, the best ventilation, and energy efficiency. Don’t tackle that Bethesda bathroom design alone call a designer at Signature there is no obligation to sit down and talk.

3″ of concrete

“The bathroom design & remodel of my Bethesda MD home could not be better. I love it” Kristine B.
We know this bathroom was built in the 50’s because of its mud set. The mud set is the substrate the tile was set upon. The mud set was 3″ thick. It took two men with a jack hammer three days to take the concrete floor and walls out of this tiny bathroom. The new modern substrate hardi backer added a 1/2″ inche on each side of the room and allowed us to lower the shower floor almost 3″ to a 14″ threshold.

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Washington DC Kitchen Design by “Fabulously talented DC Kitchen Designer”

“We turned our tired old 1950’s row DC house kitchen into a beautiful, open space that has become the hub of the house. We had some ideas of what we wanted. Fabulously talented kitchen designer Joe Gelletich was able to take what we had in mind to the next level. It really is true that having a professional makes all the difference in the finished product. He steered us away from our bad ideas…but kindly, and toward a vision that felt like ours, but better. Signature Kitchens Additions & Baths did everything for us from the initial kitchen design consultation too careful in home measuring, final decisions on products, to removal of the old kitchen including a wall, to installation of our brand new kitchen.” said Homeowner Cindy Chance.

DC Kitchen Design Materials & Features

Dura Supreme Custom Kitchen Cabinetry Napa Panel Plus
Counter top is Caesarstone Desert Limestone honed.
Back splash is Glazio Cane Blend Creek Bed an exclusive line.
Garbage disposer is controlled by Mountain Air switch.
Under cabinet lighting by TASK
The faucet & soap dispenser are Kohler Archer

The Showroom Difference in DC Kitchen Design

Homeowner Camilo Garcia said “The process was fun and stress free. The kitchen designer was very honest with us about the options and creative about working within our budget to get the best possible results. With careful planning, we had a very predictable design remodel. The materials all arrived on time and the old kitchen was removed (including that ugly wall) right on schedule. The job was much neater that we had imagined because Signature’s in house craftsmen were very careful about how they treated our space. They cleaned up every day so that we did not feel displaced in any way. They even lent us a microwave and let us keep our old fridge (when the other appliances had already been carted off) to make the remodel easier on us and our kids. Workers arrived on schedule and work was performed on schedule. Communication with Gary and Joe was excellent, and the project was completed on time and budget. What I really appreciated was the design difference that having a professional made for us. Everyone who walks into our home comments on how this kitchen is totally trans-formative.   Guests always mention the back splash that Joe recommended. The kitchen design firm warned us about the moments when delays could occur given the issues we were managing in terms of infrastructure in our home, although we didn’t have any surprises, I appreciated the open communication. I’d use them again. It is hard to spend the money on a big project like this, but when it exceeds your expectations and you know you’ve made an important investment in your home and your family life, it feels great in the end.”

Bathroom Remodel Company Potomac Maryland


Marta & Steve had a beautiful house in North Potomac and a not so beautiful master bathroom. The builder grade two shades of beige just had to go. The Signature designer suggested designing around a free standing slipper tub. The Bourdelle a six foot long tub that they would tuck into the corner and surround with niches for candles a corner get away.The owner liked that idea and soon it grew to include an open shower with a Claros Silver base and stacked 12 by 18 Ivory wall tiles, surrounded with glass. The shower fixtures were Hansgrohe and Kohler in brushed nickel. The bathroom floor was a grey twelve by twenty Rox Grigio floor tile.


The vanities were a semi-custom cabinet line St Martin Ridgewood in a simply white finish topped with a neutral marble countertop. Unfortunately that marble turned out to be our biggest challenge. Although selected by the designer and depicted in the scope of work the owner did not realize that this marble had some serious fissures in it. Fissure that you could only call cracks. At the last minute Gary Case the owner of Signature Kitchens Additions & Baths had to find a more suitable top. One fabricator was visited after another until finally a marble top was found that the owner fell in love with.


The top was a disappointment I should have looked at it in the slab yard. That said the bathroom remodeling companies commitment to make me happy was greatly appreciated. Signature Kitchens Additions & Baths wanted to make it right and they did. Marta T

This recent kosher kitchen designed by Ellyn Gutridge of Signature Kitchens Additions & Baths, features beautiful contemporary lines with artistic details. The homeowners, Dov & Deborah Zakheim are thrilled with the outcome and love entertaining in their new spacious yet cozy kitchen.

What is a Kosher kitchen?

Kosher kitchens are required to seperate dairy “chalay” and meat “basar” in storage, preparation surfaces, serving dishes & utensils as well as the way those seperate serving items are cleaned. However the best definition for you may be one that you and your Rabbi arrive at together. Interpreting Kosher law and how stringently you want to adhere to it is a personal decision. That said Signature & its designers have both the knowledge & understanding to help you live a more Kosher life in the kitchen.

Kosher Kitchen Appliances

Like Ellyn’s design for the Zakheims, a Kosher kitchen design ought to include appliances that can be set to “Sabbath Mode” for use during Sabbath and Yom Tov. This feature patented in 1998 by Whirlpool is essentially a Sabbath compliant timer. It allows you to prepare a meal before Sabbath, set it in the oven, set the timer and the oven will then begin cooking at the proper time without your having to touch the oven.

Cabinets by Dura Supreme

The cabinetry used in this project are the cabinets voted by Houzz users to be the best designer line in 2013 &amp 2014. Dura Supreme Cabinetry specifically their Alectra line. Ellyn & Deborah selected a Craftsman Panel Plus door in Cherry with a custom color whose base was Onyx. The back splash was full sheets of colored glass.

Testimonial of Kosher Kitchen Owner

“It took a designer as brave as me to design this kitchen and a kitchen remodeling contractor as committed to quality as Signature Kitchens Additions & Baths. Both choices were made right at Signature.”

Challenges & Solutions in bathroom interior design in Rockville MD

At the first glance, the off suite master bathroom &amp closet in this 1960’s single family home in Rockville felt like a maze that offered vary little comfort and space. Two large windows and massive, yet disorganized closet system overwhelmed the space and allowed for a small bathroom vanity and a tiny shower. Sometimes the only solution to a bathrooms interior design is to move an interrupting window. In this case we added a window and covered the original up. The original was part of an important exterior design element so removing it was not a good idea. However just because it a design element has to live on the outside does not mean it has to live on the inside. In a recurring theme for Hamid Fadakar the window was framed over to improve the bathroom interior design. To the delight of the owners, the new design of the bathroom &amp walk-in closet managed to offer a bright and spacious bathroom with a custom neo-angle corner shower, double sink vanities and built in linen closet in addition to the customized his and hers walk in closet system. The use of frosted glass paneled pocket doors, added to the brightness and eliminated the inconvenience of the door swings. The owner’s preference of bold colors and a contemporary design, resulted in selecting of dark gray wood vanities, stone look porcelain floor tile and a striking glass accent contrasted against the large white porcelain tiles in the shower, light Cambria quartz vanity top and polished chrome finish on the decorative fixtures.

Rockville interior bathroom design Features & Selections

Dura Supreme Bria, Craftsman panel plus door style, Maple species Peppercorn stainCountertop Cambria
Most of the decorative plumbing fixtures are Grohe, though the toilet is Toto Drake, and Kohler Caxton sink.
The striking accent tile is by Glazzart.

Testimonial from Rockville Maryland homeowner

Hamid Fadakar is a very creative and clever designer. Dina

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Kensington Maryland Kitchen Design Remodel

Kitchen design in a small space is always a challenge. In this case the solution was pretty straight forward. Remove the wall between kitchen and dining room and turn a full bath into a half bath. The owner and most of us seem to use our dining room tables for formal events only once or twice a year. Generally the table gets used for other purposes, crafts, homework, storage etc.. The wall was removed; a casual eating area was incorporated by extending the counter top. This still left room for a small breakfast nook table.

The bathroom on the first floor was a third bath which potentially would give the kitchen design and additional 32″ of space. Pulling the kitchen back did necessitate relocating the window to recenter it over the corner sink and therefore redoing the siding.

The other kitchen remodeling challenge was not a surprise… in Kensington MD. The houses are older than most suburban houses. There are multiple generations of mechanical electrical and plumbing which had to be contended with.

Kitchen Design Remodel Kensington MD 20895 Features & Selections

The semi-custom kitchen cabinetry was Medallion Silverline, a Carlise door, maple species and a divinity classic white painted finish. The counter top was a Vermont soapstone top. The floor wide plank and hand scraped. The back splash a classic subway tile.

Kitchen Remodeling Kensington MD homeowner George Borlase had this to say…

about his project with Signature Kitchens Additions & Baths. “Overall it was an extremely positive experience. We were doing a major remodel of a vintage 1950s kitchen, including removing interior walls and renovating a full bath into a powder room to make more space for the kitchen. Our designer Ellyn was great to work with – she asked all the right questions, she understood our tastes and had great ideas on not just the kitchen layout but the lighting, cabinets, and flooring. The owner Gary Case was very engaged, and was ready to resolve any and all problems that came up, as they tend to do when you rip out a 60 year old kitchen down to the studs and joists. Despite being a new project manager, Sara made sure everything moved along smoothly, and we didn’t have days where we didn’t know what was going on or if anyone was coming or what the status was. The attention to detail and the quality of the work is excellent, and after two years everything looks as good as the day Elmer, our lead carpenter, put the finishing touches on the back splash.

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