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A bathroom renovation is one of the most effective ways to increase or maintain the value of a home…provided its a high quality renovation. Sometimes the worst owner of a house is the last owner, especially if they had no passion for their renovation efforts. Either may have been the case with a 2400 square foot row house in affluent Woodley Park Washington DC. The house is located on Klingle Road NW. Woodley Park has an interesting history it was originally part of a 250 acre purchase made by the Uncle of Francis Scott Key. Yes that fellow who wrote the Star Spangle Banner. Of course there have been quite a few owners since the house was built in 1923. So we might not be able to blame the quality of prior bathroom renovations on the last owner.
The house was recently purchased in 2013 by a young professional couple working in the Nation’s Capital. Like so many buyers in the District of Columbia over the last decade they purchased a house that had been generally neglected for 4 decades. All across the Washington DC and its suburbs those dated 1980’s and pre 1980’s oak bathrooms have been or soon will be torn out and replaced with a modern 21st century style.
Signature Kitchens Additions & Baths of Rockville MD a design build remodeling company was approached by the owner to design and renovate the master bathroom. Senior designer Hamid Fadakar described the bathroom as “a dingy impractical space dominated by a soaking tub that basically soaked up all of the room. It was a bad remodel with shoddy workmanship.”
Hamid and the new owners tackled their bathroom renovation with great enthusiasm. The new bathroom design is layers of White Carrara Marble. The floor a classic Carrara and gray dot pattern over a Warmly Yours heated floor. The walls selected were MS International 12” by 24” slabs of Carrara marble laid horizontally with a tight grout line. Niches were added in the shower and a wall embellished with an Amba heated towel warmer. As the owner said “my baby simply loves being wrapped in a heated towel. It was a luxury but so worth it.” The shower was wrapped in a frameless glass doors. The vanity is a furniture piece within Dura Supreme Cabinetries Vanity Furniture offering. The counter top also Carrara was fabricated as banjo top covering the toilet and providing more counter top space. A large tri fold mirror was installed and then the abutting wall was mirrored to create very spacious feel with the reflection of all that marble. The decorative plumbing used in this beautiful bathroom renovation was Kohler Marguax.
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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 for sure he thought one bathroom was more than sufficient.
Sometime in the 1950’s a bathroom 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.
When Kristine B came to Joe Geletich senior bathroom designer to redesign her fifty year old Bethesda MD 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.
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.
“The bathroom design & remodeling of my Bethesda MD home could not be better. I love it” Kristine B.
We know this Bethesda 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.
“We turned a tired old 1950’s kitchen design in our DC row house into a beautiful, open space that has become the hub of our house. We enjoy meals here with our children and entertain with our friends. The new kitchens design and flow has actually changed out families life. We had some ideas of what we wanted.
Our 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, initial selections including trending colors to final decisions on products, to removal of the old kitchen including a wall, to installation of our brand new kitchen.” said Homeowner Cindy Chance.
“Our kitchen designer introduced us to custom kitchen cabinetry Dura Supreme Custom Kitchen Cabinetry Napa Panel Plus was the door.” Cindy Chance
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
Cindy’s husband Camilo Garcia said “The kitchen design process was fun and stress free. We paid a very reasonable retainer of $2,900.00 to protect our designer’s time. Which really gave us time. I mean the amount of time he spent with us was extraordinary. 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 kitchen remodel. The materials all arrived on time and the old kitchen was removed (including that ugly wall) right on schedule. The job was much, much cleaner and 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 our DC kitchen remodel easier on us and our kids. Their craftsmen arrived on schedule and work was performed on schedule. Communication with Signature Kitchens Additions & Baths owner Gary Case and Joe was excellent. The project was completed on time and on 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 without question. It is hard to spend the money on a big project like this nearly $70k, but when it exceeds your expectations and you know you’ve made an important investment in your home, its future resale value and your family life, it feels really great in the end.”
Marta & Steve had a beautiful house in North Potomac and a not so beautiful master bathroom. The builder grade two shades of beige master bathroom just had to go. The Signature bathroom 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 tile shower base and stacked 12 by 18 Ivory wall tiles, surrounded with glass. The shower fixtures were Hansgrohe and Kohler in brushed nickel. The master bathroom floor was a grey twelve by twenty Rox Grigio floor tile. Layer of white in a bathroom remodel usually works out well if you know what you are doing.
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. Selected by the owner 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 I initially selected was a disappointment I should have looked at it in the slab yard like I did with Gary Case the owner of Signature the second go round. 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.
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.
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.
The cabinetry used in this project are the cabinets voted by Houzz users to be the best designer line in 2013 & 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.
“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.”
At the first glance, the off suite master bathroom & 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 & 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.
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.
Hamid Fadakar is a very creative and clever designer. Dina