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Laundry room pics

posted by: abctate on 05.22.2012 at 05:22 pm in Laundry Room Forum

We recently redid our laundry room. It was an add on to the house along with a garage. The cubbies have been great. Each one has its own plug in so the kids can charge ipods, phones, etc. The sorting baskets and hanging rod have been even better than I imagined.

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clipped on: 08.20.2013 at 07:26 pm    last updated on: 08.20.2013 at 07:26 pm

It's here and I love it! Diamond MOP tiles.

posted by: williamsem on 06.29.2013 at 10:44 am in Kitchens Forum

I just had to share, especially with all the recent interest in MOP here. Not sure when it will be installed, but granite is coming Monday!

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clipped on: 07.01.2013 at 04:06 am    last updated on: 07.01.2013 at 04:06 am

Finished White Thasso Master Bathroom

posted by: sofla on 04.14.2013 at 03:57 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Big thanks to you all for the inspiration and education.
jdosdos's Master Bath remodel album on Photobucket

After impact windows installed, the room was gutted and plumbing shower relocated. Watercloset was removed to bring in more light and replaced with pony wall.

Materials: White Thasso floor and walls 18in. Sealer: bullet by Dupont.
Shower floor: carerra mosaic.
counter and tub deck; statuary marble
Vanities: custom , wall hung
medicine cabinet: robern uplift, and custom
Sconces: Waterworks Opus
lighting under vanity: rope
Tub: Jason air masseur
Paint: Ben Moore Tundra on walls , Decorator white on Ceiling.
Fixtures, tub, shower, thermostat control , Italian: Webert
Handheld: handsgrohl
Shower head: Speakman
Toilet: Toto ultramax, comfort height, 1.6.gmax
Washlet: toto 200.
exhaust fans: panasonic quiet whisper


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clipped on: 06.16.2013 at 05:24 pm    last updated on: 06.16.2013 at 05:24 pm

Master bath done

posted by: skeetie219 on 02.02.2013 at 05:03 pm in Bathrooms Forum

The master bath is done...just working on minor details e.g. window treatments. So my question now is what do I clean the stone inside the shower with? Any suggestions for the tile pros? It is honed and filled tumble marble which was sealed after it was installed. I've notice some of the grout on the shower floor is getting a bit pinkish color from the soap build, I want to make sure I clean it with the correct stuff.
Thanks to all the GW members on advice, opinions, and past experiences.

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clipped on: 06.16.2013 at 05:13 pm    last updated on: 06.16.2013 at 05:13 pm

Pics: 1826 bathroom remodel (finished; starphire vs. regular)

posted by: KevinMP on 07.13.2012 at 11:48 pm in Bathrooms Forum

So my glass vendor finally switched out my regular glass (mistakenly sent the first time around) for the starphire I ordered about two months ago. So I'm reposting the entire remodel so that everything is in one spot for all to see.

As I mentioned in my earlier post, my house was built in 1826 and, therefore, had no bathroom in the original structure. The old bathroom was not terrible, but it was an all white bathroom from the 80's. Now, it's up to date but still in keeping with the house.

Before we get to the pictures, materials. I spent hours on this forum trying to reassure myself that I was making the right decisions (or to find options in the first place). I can only pay back by letting everyone know what I needed up using.

Tile: The bathroom floor, tub surround, shower walls are all 9"x18" honed calacatta gold tile that I found in northern Jersey leftover from a job for a steal ($12.95 per square foot). I couldn't find matching mosaic for the shower floor, so I picked through several boxes of "grecian white" marble at either Home Depot or Lowes (I cannot even remember now) and found ones that matched well (they're polished, but no one will know). I used SenGuard sealer, which was the only sealer my marble and granite yard would recommend for calacatta, and it's doing very well and should last 15-20 years. About $3,000.

Heated Floor: Nuheat mat and thermostat. About $375.

Tub: Mirabelle Edenton air bath 60"x30"x20" with chrome tap drain in white. I struggled to find a tub that was 32" or less wide that still provided ample interior space, and you'd be surprised how large the interior of this tub is. It actually has as much space as tubs four to six inches wider. I've posted a video of the tub in use if you search under my name and are interested. About $1900.

Toilet: Jacuzzi Perfecta in white. About $190.

Vanity: Silkroad Exclusive 60" double vanity; a ton of storage compared to others (see below). I bought the vanity on eBay and it was shipped directly from Silkroad Exclusive. It was a steal (I think) for just over $900. It came with a travertine top, ivory sinks, and bronze hardware. I destroyed the top and sinks because they didn't go with what I was doing and swapped them out. I also swapped our the bail pulls with Restoration Hardware bail pulls in polished nickel (the only bail pulls I could find) and knobs in polished nickel. About $60.

Mirrors: Fanella mirrors from Lowes. It took me forever to find mirrors that matched the vanity, but I finally did, and they were cheap at about $90 a piece.

Vanity Top, Shower Threshold/Knee Wall Caps: After much searching, I finally settled on a 2 cm slab of Antique Brown granite in a leathered finish, which goes well with the honed finish of the tile and the coloring. About $1600 installed.

Sinks: Kohler Archer sinks. About $100 a piece.

Shower, tub, and vanity plumbing hardware: All Kohler Pinstripe Pure, and two K-8002 body sprays in polished chrome and all Kohler valves. About $3000.

Shower door and knee wall glass: Starphire glass and Kohler Pinstripe handle. About $2000.

Lighting: Five pot lights and one sconce (sconce is Dillon from Restoration Hardware in polished chrome with linen shade). About $220.

Window: Anderson 400 series casement.

Paint: All Benjamin Moore Bath/Spa in Matte: Ceiling and trim are dove white and walls are Mount Saint Anne.

I'm happy to answer any questions. It's the least I can do to save some other people the months it took me to figure this all out. Enjoy.

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Taken through the glass believe it or not:

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And so you can see what the regular glass looked like before I made them switch it out, see below. You may not think it makes a big difference, but it does to me. Now you know. Don't spend $26K on a bathroom and skimp on glass that obscures your white tile.

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clipped on: 03.07.2013 at 06:12 pm    last updated on: 03.07.2013 at 06:12 pm

"tile rug" on bathroom floor

posted by: home4all6 on 03.07.2013 at 01:42 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We are right in the middle of building a master bathroom addition, and I'm in major decision-making mode (my head hurts...)
I thought I had the floortile figured out, but my GC is trying to talk me out of it...We are planning 12x12 marble tile floor, and were planning to do a 6'x3' tile rug, made from marble baseketweave, in front of our 6' double vanity. I have loved the basket weave for years, but don't like the look of the entire floor done in it, so this seems like a good solution.
My GC says this is a very trendy decision, and he recommends against it with something as permananent as tile floors. We have been trying all along to make design choices that aren't too trendy, but still fit in our 1916 home. We will have a stand alone soaker tub on the opposite side of the tile rug from the vanity.
We also will have a walk-in shower, but it is walled, with a glass door, and not really visible from the main bathroom area, so if I only use the basketweave in there, it won't be seen in the rest of the room. We are only tiling the floor of the bathroom, not the walls or backsplash.
What are your thoughts on tile rugs in the bathroom? Do you think I will regret this decision is a few short years? I will say that I love it, and my husband loves it, and we are the only ones who will use and see this room on a daily basis.
Thoughts?

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clipped on: 03.07.2013 at 06:08 pm    last updated on: 03.07.2013 at 06:08 pm

master bath cost

posted by: capellini on 02.21.2013 at 02:45 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Contractor looked at our master bath today and said high 30's/low 40's to remodel. When I tried to break it down to see how he arrived at that figure, he said $8 - 10 K for new shower; $2,000 for new tub; $3,000 for porcelain tile on floor. Then he changed the subject. I couldn't get him to explain how he got to $40,000 from there.

We also want alder cabinets (I'd been thinking cherry, but he said alder would be 15% cheaper); quartz counter, undermount sinks, an alder tower in the middle of the counter w/ electrical outlet inside, wood framed mirrors, and updated lights over mirrors. Nothing fancy, just need to update it. The counter is 6 feet long.

Does anyone have a ballpark estimate for the cabinet/sink/mirrors/lights cost (including labor)? We're in Atlanta area. Thank you.

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clipped on: 02.23.2013 at 03:52 pm    last updated on: 02.23.2013 at 03:53 pm

Finished! Transitional white marble bathroom

posted by: pipdog on 08.22.2012 at 05:47 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We finally finished the upgrade of our master bath! The bath had been remodeled within the last 7-10 years by the previous owners, but it was pretty sloppy DIY job with few too many grout lines for our taste and we didn't like the tile counters. We decided to expand into a closet and make room for a separate shower.

Truth be told, I'm a little freaked out by the maintenance of the white marble (two toddlers use this bath), but so far it seems to be holding up. We did have some funky grout issues with the shower floor (efflorescence and orange spots appearing), but they seemed to have cleared up on their own. Hopefully it won't be a maintenance nightmare. If anyone has any good cleaning tips for white marble, I'd love to hear them.

I still need some artwork for the wall above the bath and some curtains, but the room is ready for prime time, and we're so happy it's over!

Details:
Calacatta Nuevo marble from AKDO - subway in shower, hex on floors and mini-bricks in niches and backsplash
Grout - White Frost by C-Cure. We originally tried Silver Shadow by Laticrete but it was too dark so we went lighter.
Counters - Caesarstone
Duravit tub
Faucets/tub fixture: Toto
Shower fixture - Raindance by Hansgrohe
BM Light Pewter
Lights - Restoration Hardware
Cabinetry - existing, sprayed with BM White Dove
Pulls from Lowes

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clipped on: 11.10.2012 at 08:14 pm    last updated on: 02.18.2013 at 11:33 am

Master Bathroom Updated - X-Post from Decorating

posted by: fnmroberts on 11.15.2012 at 03:37 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Finally finished! We gave our 17 year-old Master Bath a facelift without relocating any plumbing, changing the tile or bath tub. Their condition is totally satisfactory and the housing market in our area simply doesn’t warrant such additional investment. Overall the layout was/is functional. Room measures 12 x 8 so isn’t particularly large but does have a volume ceiling.

What we did:

Gutted an existing Linen Closet, opening it to 8 feet in height, and then inserting a custom-built cabinet into the space. New cabinet incorporates drawers and frosted glass doors for a spa look; replacing the original bi-fold door and wire shelving.

Constructed a matching vanity with an overall 34” height, deeper drawers and offering better utilization of counter space via enlarging it 2” in both dimensions, then replacing the builders molded faux marble with granite (St. Cecelia) and under-mounted (Kohler, Caxton 17”) basins. Door/Drawer hardware (Top Knobs, Nouveau) is polished chrome. Electricity has been added below one basin for a hair dryer and tooth brush. Sink fascia’s tilt for accessible comb and hair brush storage. Overall the two cabinets have approximately doubled available capacity in the same square footage permitting improved organization and convenience. Wood selection is Maple, stained almost ebony, designed with a furniture look.
Removed and replaced the original shower enclosure with semi-frameless ½” glass, incorporating a pony wall into the shower thus increasing its area. The pony wall has been capped with identical granite to pair with our vanity. A robe hook has been installed through the glass for hanging a towel while showering. Shower door swings inward or outward. Mounted (simplehuman) shampoo/soap dispensers.

The original full width mirror has been replaced with a beveled glass “floating” one attached to the wall. Really wanted separate tilting mirrors but with only 5 feet I just didn’t think they proportioned right.

Installed a 27” tall medicine cabinet (NuTone) replacing the original 18” one.

For the WC we selected a Toto Ultramax II, elongated, SanaGloss and comfort height to replace the original. Much quieter.

Painted and mirror-backed an existing wall cabinet for perfume.

Faucets, shower head, towel rods and robe hooks (Kohler, Forte) are in polished chrome.

A fixed window has been changed to one that opens and exchanged the sky light too ��" both with low-E glass.

Installed a ceiling fan - Casablanca damp area.

Added night lighting on the plant ledge and electricity/cable connection. Probably won’t ever put a TV in the bathroom but space on the wall above the medicine cabinet could accommodate one. We previously replaced the builder strip light with a pair by Kichler which remain.

Paint is C2, Slinky on the walls and Shark Fin on the ceiling though the color distinction isn’t what I imagined it would be. May paint some clouds on the ceiling as previously had that effect and liked the look.
The entire process took 9 months, much of it waiting for the cabinet maker, a local one-man operation, who had a couple kitchens ahead of our project. My husband did all the demolition, electrical, painting, cabinet installation and plumbing. Professionals handled the shower enclosure, window install, granite and cabinet building to his design. I’m sure some tweaking will continue but right now I’m happy with the new look.

Here’s a link to photos. My first exposure to Photobucket - haven't determined how to re-organize them into a better sequence.

Here is a link that might be useful: Master Bathroom

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clipped on: 02.17.2013 at 07:57 pm    last updated on: 02.17.2013 at 07:57 pm

Pics of new mudroom/laundry in old farmhouse, before&after!

posted by: sloane529 on 01.08.2013 at 12:28 am in Laundry Room Forum

We just completed a remodel (tear down, rebuild part of a 100 year old farmhouse) including kitchen, laundry, FR as well as a master bedroom/bath addition. My old laundry was 5' wide so I could not even stand in front of washer with a basket. The new space is narrow but the foot and a half added makes a huge difference! I love the new space. Still looking for the right light and wall hangings for WC, in time.

Before (The space had a shower, washer, dryer, sink. The fabric to the right of the sink covered the old service panel! And sorry, pics seem to have been taken when we were moving out/cleaning up or fixing busted washer!):
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And the new space, starting with pocket door by new back entry (still the primary entry to the house):
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New coat rack/bench:
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In use (just missing cushion):
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Family command center:
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New coat closet:
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My requirement: Iron A Way ironing center:
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Details: flooring American Olean River Moss tile, counter is Ecotop in Snow White, tile Crossville Savoy beadboard in white with bead liner, custom cabs and bench, wall paint Sherwin Williams Cruising, lighting LED recessed & Restoration sconce, faucet Moen Brantford, Water Ridge dual flush comfort height toilet, other fixtures from Moen, W/D from Sears

I'd love to answer any questions! Thanks again to GW for endless advice and inspiration!

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clipped on: 02.15.2013 at 08:43 pm    last updated on: 02.15.2013 at 08:43 pm

99% Finished Kitchen--creamy white w/soapstone

posted by: jbrodie on 03.01.2009 at 06:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

Finally! Our kitchen is finished! I never thought the day would come, and boy am I enjoying it. I owe so much to this forum. I can't tell you how much you all helped me. Thank you!!! I hope I can help others in return.

Hope I'm not putting too many pictures!

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Quick description (feel free to contact me if you have questions)
-Soapstone: Julia
-Cabinets: Custom, inset/flush shaker style with single bead (waiting to see if we get some issues resolved before I recommend the cabinet maker)
-Bookcase and desk tops: walnut
-Sharp microwave oven drawer (love it!)
-GE fridge
-Shaw 30 inch apron sink
-Wolf range top
-Thermador double ovens
-Vent-a-hood hood
-Dal tile
-potfiller: Newport Brass
-hot/cold faucet Newport Brass
-Main faucet: Mico
-Door to garage: one panel painted with chalkboard paint...fun! The kids love this and it's fun to put messages to guests, each other, holiday wishes, etc.
-Pull out baskets (love these...I keep bread in one and potatoes, onions, etc. in the other)
-Wine shelf--love it!
-Bar stools from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop (love these and they were so reasonable!)
-What would I do differently? More than 12 inch overhang on seating area of island (maybe 14-16 inch). And I might skip the bead board in the backs of the bookshelfs and glass cabs.

Happy kitchen designing to all! Thank you again!

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clipped on: 02.10.2013 at 07:51 am    last updated on: 02.10.2013 at 07:54 am

RE: How deep are your mudroom lockers? (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: hollyh3kids on 05.23.2010 at 01:59 pm in Building a Home Forum

I LOVE LOVE LOVE our mudroom cubbies! They are 26in wide and 20in deep. We have a hook on the back and hooks on each side. So each cubby has three spots to hang stuff. You need to really think about the width because in the winter you have thick puffy coats that need room to hang. We have no problems with room. We also love NO 'bins' underneath for shoes. We are a family that loves to kick off our shoes rather than have to 'pick' them up to place them on a ledge or in a basket. Works great for us and keeps them out of the walkway. Here is a pic:
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clipped on: 02.10.2013 at 07:52 am    last updated on: 02.10.2013 at 07:52 am

RE: Master Bathroom Updated - X-Post from Decorating (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: enduring on 11.15.2012 at 10:04 pm in Bathrooms Forum

Here are some of the photos. It is sure a nice bathroom!

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Linen Cabinet Components

Vanity and Mirror

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clipped on: 11.16.2012 at 10:20 pm    last updated on: 11.16.2012 at 10:21 pm

RE: sconces (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: pps7 on 11.16.2012 at 09:58 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I would get a 78" mirror and mount the sconces on the mirror. I would use 3 sconces. See picture linked below.

Here is a link that might be useful: sconce on mirror


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clipped on: 11.16.2012 at 10:12 pm    last updated on: 11.16.2012 at 10:12 pm

RE: Choosing Rain shower head (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: pipdog on 09.17.2012 at 04:16 pm in Bathrooms Forum

I have the Hansgrohe Raindance with the 10" rain shower head. I saw the 12 inch in a showroom and we felt like it would be too large for our space so we opted for the smaller one. Very happy with our selection. Here's how it looks installed
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clipped on: 11.15.2012 at 02:11 pm    last updated on: 11.15.2012 at 02:11 pm

RE: uneven glass tiles - are they unacceptable? (Follow-Up #10)

posted by: mongoct on 11.15.2012 at 12:45 pm in Bathrooms Forum

The problem with applying a thick bed of thinset is that when thinset cures, it shrinks. So if your setter uses a thick bed of thinset, as the thinset cures and shrinks, it can pull the tiles out of alignment. That's why you don't use a "thick" bed of something with "thin" in its name.

The wackiness of your wall looks part intentional, part unintentional.

For your situation, I'll do what your contractor is now proposing. I'll pad out behind the thinner tile with an additional layer of "something".

Years ago I used to apply a thickness of thinset where the thinner tile would go. Let it cure. Then tile over that thicker starting bed as usual.

Now I'll use a strip of Ditra for thin pad outs. I've never had a case where I had such a substantial difference that it warranted putting in a layer of hardiboard or another tile backer board.

The tile backer boards are 1/4" or 1/2" thick plus the thickness of the thinset to adhere them in place. Ditra is about 1/8" to 3/16th" thick.


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clipped on: 11.15.2012 at 02:08 pm    last updated on: 11.15.2012 at 02:09 pm

Choosing Rain shower head

posted by: elk2000 on 09.13.2012 at 03:29 pm in Bathrooms Forum

So for our new shower we've decided to have hand-held shower head (on a bar) and a rain shower head, either from the ceiling or from wall on a long straight shower arm. I do like Grohe and Hansgrohe staff and most likely will get one of theirs for hand-held shower. Now, for the rain shower. Grohe / Hansgrohe rain shower heads are nice but quite expensive. Is it worth it? I think we want no smaller that 10", may be 12".
What do I look for choosing one? Is having brand name rain shower important? Number of nozzles? Pressure?
Please, assist.

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clipped on: 09.22.2012 at 10:24 am    last updated on: 09.22.2012 at 10:24 am