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After a few concepts exploring different configurations, our homeowners decided that a free standing tub, his and hers vanities, and a spectacular shower were tops on their list.
Here are the before pictures-
Photos from the completed renovation. We relocated the shower, tub, and the entrance into the bathroom.
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Recently completed work! This powder room in Longmont, CO is clean, simple, and reinforces the fact that small spaces can be amazing and functional without going overboard. I specified a bamboo plank wall behind the vanity. The 6" wide planks really warm the space, and the 1/4" gaps between the boards provide a shadow line which is also interesting. Wall hung vanity keeps the space feeling open and airy and I love the Brizo faucet that is mounted on the wall. Wall mount faucets are a great option for small spaces because they allow for extra counterspace and are incredibly easy to clean around. Limestone plank flooring in a herringbone pattern. I worked in conjunction with Melton Design Build in Boulder, CO on this project. Melton is an AMAZING construction company. Their attention to detail and customer service are second to none. Highly recommended!
I was happy to design the kitchen for this project by interior designer Megan Kane in Denver's Polo Club neighborhood, just south of Cherry Creek. Jones Custom Builders did a wonderful job, as always, implementing the great design with amazing craftsmanship.
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Concept boards for a new project in Evergreen
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Here are the concept models...Click on the picture to advance to next pic.
Here are a few product samples we like. I aim to create a serene space with minimal color transitions and simple lines. We'll add interest with home owner artifacts that have been procured in far away places.
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Scouting shots from a recent bathroom remodel in Greenwood Village. Here are some of the highlights...
I'm really honored that CHL chose to feature my project in their annual bathroom issue. This one of a kind bath sports all the luxuries you can think of...steam shower, custom concrete, aromatherapy, chromatherapy, audio, heated floor tiles, etc.
This new home in Greenwood Village belongs to one of the nicest families I've ever met. This kitchen is a true reflection of their style. It is warm and inviting, but feels elegant and sophisticated at the same time. When I first met them in 2012, they had yet to break ground on this house. Here are a few of the highlights in this kitchen:
- Originally, the sink was in the southeast corner of the kitchen. It was in an area that I felt would become a choke point, especially for a family of 5. I moved the sink to the East wall and added an arched window that was not previously there.
- The North wall of the kitchen (which is the wall with all the brick) was really lacking any balance. I moved the 48" dual fuel Thermador range onto that wall and then flanked it with symmetrical cabinetry. All of the top boxes are individually lit with LED puck lights.
- I contrasted the white perimeter cabinetry with a black paint rub-through finish on the island. The implied weight of the finish provides a visual anchor for the kitchen.
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"What is the difference between a thermostatic valve and a pressure balance valve?" I get this question pretty often. In fact, I get this question so often that I am writing a post about it. You'll most likely be given the choice of one of these types of valves when you plan your new shower or tub. Here are the basics:
Pressure Balance Valves (PB)
A pressure balance valve has a single control that regulates the ratio of hot to cold water that flows out of the fixture. There is no true volume control with a PB valve. When the valve is turned on, 100% water volume passes through. The more the valve is opened, the hotter the temperature gets. Pressure balance valves have a maximum temperature limit that is set at the time of installation, which provides scald protection for families with children. The most common scenario that people think about is how the shower reacts when a toilet is flushed. The tank of the toilet will need more cold water to refill after the flush, so there will be less cold water for the shower. In this scenario, the PB valve automatically reduces the amount of hot water as it senses this. The pressure remains constant and so does the temperature.
Thermostatic Valves (TS)
Thermostatic Valves have two control valves. One controls the pressure and one controls the temperature. TS valves also provide maximum temperature limits that provide scald protection. These valves allow the user to set the temperature completely independent of the volume. It makes it easy to find the correct temperature every time. Thermostatic valves also allow the user to control the volume, so if you're interested in having a very hot temperature water at low volume, you can do that. PB valves do not have that capability.
Which is best for you?
For the most part, thermostatic trims are more pleasing to look at than pressure balance trims, and you'll find that thermostatic valves are used almost exclusively in luxury showers. However, pressure balance valves are much lower in cost (sometimes less than half a comparable thermostatic) Both of these types of valves will last a long time provided you purchase a quality brand that stands behind their product. Personally, I prefer thermostatic valves: they look better and have a better functionality.
Here are a few thermostatic trim packages I really like:
We finished this bathroom late in the summer. I was referred to the client by Jones Custom Builders, a really great building company that I have worked with on a few projects. It's a classic styled bathroom. The flooring in the bathroom is basketweave carrara and black marble. The countertop is Super White Quartzite. Brizo fixtures are installed throughout the bathroom. My favorite part of this bathroom is the inlay of Italian marble on the back wall of the shower. This decorative danse pattern is cut using water jet technology and comprised of thassos and carrara marble.
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The first snow of the year is predicted to fall this weekend. It's only the first week of October, but after living in Colorado for almost 5 years now, it's not surprising that we will have snowy weather on Friday and sunny 70 degree weather on Sunday. Go figure. I'm pleased to announce that I have recently been retained to work on four new projects.
A master bathroom remodel in Cherry Creek North: We're going for a sleek transitional look. I am specifying large format porcelain tile (18 x 36) for the flooring and a wainscot tile that is 12 x 24. I'll tie everything together with and carrara accents, and then add some interest with vibrant colors on the walls. The new frameless European shower will be a vast improvement.
Just up the street from the master bathroom remodel is a house owned by a couple with a young child. It's a wonderful old house that has a newer addition on the back of it. Problem is that the new part of the house does not tie into the old part. There are several areas I am working on in this project including, the master suite, kitchen, great room, mudroom, entry way, and flooring. The homeowners are very involved with the process and are excited about bringing this wonderful house together into one cohesive home.
You may have seen pictures on this blog of a classic home restoration project that I completed about a year ago...That homeowner referred me to his neighbor just down the street, and we are now currently in the design phase on her master bathroom. Her home is very traditional, with clean lines. I plan to give her a new bathroom that is really beautiful - but most importantly, it is going to feel like it belongs in the house.
I was also hired on to a kitchen remodel project up in Boulder. Fortunately, this couple avoided any major flood damage - many of their neighbors are still recovering. We're going to update their kitchen to something totally sleek and modern. High gloss lacquer, white glass, textured laminates and quartz counters are going to make this space really POP.
We are also finishing up installation of new construction in Greenwood Village. That project should be complete by Thanksgiving.
I will report back with pictures soon!
My client has painstakingly restored this beautiful Denver Square over the past three years. I was fortunate enough to work with him on the kitchen and three bathrooms in this residence. We carefully planned each space to have its own unique character. I respected the history of the home as much as possible throughout the design phase. We saved items from each room and integrated them into the new design so that our new kitchen and baths had a similar feel to the rest of the home. Photography by Teri Fotheringham.
Exposed brick walls in the kitchen thoughtfully contrast the stainless steel range and pro hood. It's the classic, "Old and New", theme that I like so much. Also in the kitchen, original leaded glass panes of glass were preserved from the original cabinetry and integrated into the new cabinetry. I literally designed the kitchen around these glass panes. We removed a large load bearing wall and replaced it with a 20' long steel beam to gain some much added space. The client desperately wanted an island - any island - in his kitchen. I designed a small functional island with a lot of storage in the middle of the kitchen and it even has space for two small bar stools...
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We gutted all three bathrooms in the home, and all three now have their own unique feel and charm. The powder room is simple and sophisticated. A white porcelain vessel sink sits atop a piece of granite. The wall mounted bridge faucet adds interest. A tin ceiling, adds a bit of drama to the space.
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The Master Bathroom again utilizes an exposed brick wall. Interestingly enough, the brick wall was not part of the original design. It was covered in plaster and we had no idea it would look so stunning when we took the plaster down. However, after seeing the space with the brick exposed, it was a no brainer to just restore the brick and leave it as a statement wall in the bathroom. All the surfaces are custom concrete forms that I designed myself. An integrated planter tray, with its own drainage system is actually the same piece of concrete as the shower bench. A piece of frameless shower glass separates shower bench from planter.
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The upstairs hall bathroom was a different style all together. The owner wanted to provide a very sophisticated, clean, white space for his guests to use. To capture that dynamic, I utilized an antique white penny round flooring tile, and sourced a very simple white pedestal sink and free standing tub. The waincot paneling, which I also designed, has white glass center panels. The mixture of glass and wood updates the space and gives it a glamorous feel.
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I attended an event at Galleria of Stone last night and was amazed with some of the natural stone that was on display. Galleria of Stone has on display one of the most innovative granite products that I've seen in a while. In a nutshell, fabricators overseas have the ability to etch a myriad of designs onto the face of any slab of granite. There are approximately 72 different designs that they have come out with to this point in town. Roughly 24 of these are on display. The slabs come into the United States with the designs already etched onto the faces. Stone is then fabricated here using the standard practices. Here are some close up pictures of some of the different designs available.