As we retreat indoors this winter, more and more people are looking to their indoor spaces for comfort, warmth and a place to simply “be”. The question of “What is a luxury bath?” is described perfectly in this Waterworks blog “The Perfect Bath”.
“Luxury is never about how much money is spent. It is about the wise and comfortable use of proportion and scale, meticulous installation, well-articulated architectural details, functionality and the accessories used to personalize the bath. And, it doesn’t matter if the space is large or small. The important factors are: clean and classic lines, quality materials, artisanal craftsmanship, elegant and nuanced surfaces, and outstanding functionality”.
Some of us think of our bathrooms as a place to shower and get ready for the day, others as on oasis: a place to relax, unwind by soaking in a jetted tub or taking a steam shower. With a variety of luxury bathroom products on the market, it can be difficult to pick just one for your bathroom remodel. Here are my top 3:
- Shower System: Whether it is a steam shower, large rain shower head, dual shower heads, hand held showers or body sprays, these are a must with the increasing popularity of large showers.
- Tub: Not all of us want them, but for those of you that do, there are amazing tubs available with chromatherapy, aromatherapy, thermotherapy and hydro-thermal massage. Also popular are architectural freestanding tubs that add a design element like no other.
- Heated Floors: Bring a bit of the spa home with you. There is nothing like a heated floor especially in the damp Pacific Northwest. We recommend Nu-Heat and Warm Wire to our clients. These can just be installed in front of a vanity or shower so you can still experience heated floors without breaking the bank.
When designing and remodeling your bathroom it is important that you keep you personal style and needs in mind, since it is the most private space in your home. You want it to be a space that is not only comfortable, but functional. As a bathroom designer, I can help with all of your design needs to create your dream bathroom that will be classic and durable. Contact Mosaik Design & Remodeling for a bathroom remodeling appointment today.
Have you ever visited a place and then been inspired to bring some aspect of the place home with you? Many people do, and this trend is reflected in the many new varieties of tile available today. Due to the increased interest in tile, manufacturers are keeping pace with the latest consumer demands by making advances in tile styles, designs and composition.
Current trends include vintage/retro designs, wood grain tiles that emulate salvaged materials and geometric designs intended for making a statement. Warm tones and neutral color schemes are huge right now as well as Art Nouveau design elements.
Your tile choices can say a lot about who you are, including motifs that evoke classic or contemporary art design, pop culture, nature, or almost any other design element you can think of. Also, there are many applications that are increasing in popularity such as tiling an entire wall in the kitchen in a geometric pattern. This emulates wallpaper, also a popular trend.
By taking into consideration you home’s current style, budget, trends and personal taste, a professional designer is your best bet to help you weed through the multitude of choices and select the perfect tile application.
When looking at starting a design and remodel project in your home, you have a number of ways you can go about having this project completed. At Mosaik Design & Remodeling we have created a design/build atmosphere that we have found is most beneficial to our clients. A design/build project structure creates a cohesive, team-like atmosphere between the construction team, designer, and clients.
Most of our clients are involved owners with great ideas and want to be a part of the process. With a design/build environment, they work with Mosaik Design & Remodeling exclusively which saves them from the chaos of choreographing many different contractors and designers. This saves time and reduces stress. Our clients know who to turn to with a question or suggestion.
Working with a design/build process also gives clients the reassurance that all hands are on the same page, and mistakes and oversights will be minimized. Communication happens seamlessly as our owners are directly involved in the oversight and completion of every project.
Clients can also save money using a firm that utilizes the design/build process. Energy efficiency is highly regarded, and we can utilize innovative methods to save our clients money and time.
If you are interested in learning more about the design/build process, please contact us and we can discuss the project you have in mind and determine if we are a good fit!
Problem: This original, dark and dingy basement bathroom had remained untouched for the entire time our clients owned the home and was last on their list of projects. Their daughter was coming to live with them for a short period of time, so that was the impetus for the remodel. Not only was it outdated, but it was also non-functional. The separate bath and shower took up too much space and the vanity was too small and unusable. Also, there was no storage in the bathroom at all and the lowered, textured ceiling only added to the messiness.
Solution: The vanity was relocated to the opposite wall because there was more existing wall space to tuck-in the vanity so you don’t feel like you are walking directly into it. Also, a linen cabinet, complete with open shelving for reading material and TP, was added to hide the toilet and an existing soffit. The entry to the bathroom was widened 6” towards the other wall, making the bathroom feel much more gracious upon entering.
We then increased the size of the existing shower and added a (2)-sided frameless glass shower door which expanded the space greatly. Now you can see the beautiful porcelain tile with glass mosaic border all the way to the back wall. Neutral, yet interesting colors add warmth and depth and the new layered lighting plan consisting of small recessed can lights with handmade glass sconces make the space feel light, yet cozy.
The new bathroom now feels much larger without adding actual square footage. The clean lines, interesting fixtures, large format porcelain tiles and a solid quartz remnant for the countertop make for a beautiful, low maintenance bathroom.
Tips: When dealing with small, dark bathrooms with little light, the trick is to make them feel bigger than they are by gaining inches wherever you can: ceiling height, doorways, etc. By providing proper layered lighting, combined with interesting neutral shades, your small dark bathroom will much more expansive. Also, I always recommend that the ceilings are painted the same color as the walls or 50% lighter so there is no hard stop at the ceiling line. This introduces a cozy, yet open feel to any space. To see some examples have a look at our bathroom portfolio.