Master Bath Remodel Combines Luxury & Function (with before and after photos)

Recent clients came to 314 Design Studio wanting a full remodel of their 200 square foot master bath. Our in-house designers, Mike Kowalski and Erica Corcoran, said the homeowners had concerns about their future mobility, but did not want the final design to look too commercial.

Erica and Mike’s design removed the wall that divided the bathroom. “This change not only made the room feel larger, but also created a safer and more accessible room for them,” Corcoran said.

BEFORE

RocheAFTER

Collages5Stylish grab bars, sleek fixtures and modern colors give the room a much needed update and a feeling of relaxation. The final result combines both luxury and function.

Master Bath Renovation includes: Floor with glass mosaic wall tile, Corian® countertops, top-mount Kohler “Cimarron” sink, cherry cabinetry with a gray stain, and Kohler “Purist” collection fixtures. Home spa amenities include a rain showerhead, towel warmer, and a frameless glass shower door. American Disabilities Act (ADA) and Aging in Place compliant features include a curbless shower and grab bar, a folding teak shower seat, a Jacuzzi® walk-in tub, and a unique toilet paper holder which doubles as a grab bar.

Choosing the Right Cabinetry for Your Kitchen Remodel

Erica Corcoran, 314  Design Studio Kitchen and Bath Designer
Erica Corcoran, 314 Design Studio Kitchen and Bath Designer

When selecting cabinetry for your kitchen, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by all the options.  We advise our clients to find a product that meets the “4Ps”. That is, finding the best product at the right price that is practical for your needs and represents your personal preferences.

Cabinetry ranges in costs for many different reasons. Here we will review the impact of quality, construction, wood species, door styles and finishes on cost.

“We specialize in designing distinctive kitchens that represent our clients’ personal style preferences, lifestyle and budget.”

Cabinetry companies categorize themselves in quality grades ranging from 1) ready to assemble and in stock 2) semicustom and 3) custom. The most cost effective while still having good quality are going to be your semi-custom cabinet lines. However, most of these cabinet lines have limits as to what you can change. For example, you may be able to change a width dimension but not height or depth.

There are also 2 types of cabinetry construction: 1) framed and 2) frameless.

Frameless cabinets come from the European way of manufacturing cabinets. The advantage of this type of construction is the maximum amount of storage space. Since there isn’t a face frame and center stiles taking up room, it allows for larger openings. It also offers the “desired” look of clean lines, which is one of the most common requests we hear from 314 Design Studio clients. Frameless cabinets will continue to grow in popularity.

Frameless Kitchen
Frameless Kitchen

However, framed cabinetry also has its advantages. Primarily, framed cabinetry has the widest range of styles.

Frameless Kitchen Door Styles
Frameless Kitchen Door Styles

1)  There is a standard overlay door style which will be the least expensive.  A standard overlay, or ½” overlay, will expose 1” of the face frame behind the door.

2)  Then there is a full overlay door style, or 1 ¼” overlay, which simply means you only see ¼” of the face frame.

3)  Lastly, there is the inset door style. This look is more desirable when designing a traditional or classic kitchen. It gives the cabinets an appearance of furniture. The doors are hinged to the inside of the cabinet which exposes the entire face frame. This style is going to be the most expensive of the three. (Below, photos show beaded and flush inset samples)

Flush Inset Kitchen
Flush Inset Kitchen
Full Overlay Kitchen
Full Overlay Kitchen

Other factors that drive costs:

  • Wood species – Oak, maple, birch, knotty alder, cherry, hickory, walnut, mahogany, etc.
  • Door style – Slab, flat panel or raised panel
  • Finish options – Standard stain vs. enamel (enamel costs more), glazing/brush glazing, distressing options (such as wormholing), dry brushing, rub-through, spatters, and knife cuts

Take a look at one of our product vendors, Yorktowne Cabinetry, who has done a nice job outlining finishing options in their photo gallery.

Whether you want to replace your kitchen cabinetry, remodel your entire kitchen, or build a custom kitchen in a new home, Mike and I look forward to working with you!