Kitchen & Bath Design News

JUN 2019

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CUSTOM CLOSET/LAUNDRY ADDS EFFICIENCY IN SMALL SPACE As part of the master bath remodel, Elma Gardner also reconfigured the laundry room and master closet, both of which were affected when the designer relocated the hot water and HVAC systems and moved a wall to gain more space for her clients' 'must-have' bathroom list. The resulting 5.5'x9' laundry room highlights efficiency in a small space, where Gardner included all the necessities plus a few luxuries such as a stacked Miele washer and dryer, pull-out ironing board, drying rack for delicate clothes, tall linen cabinet and plenty of additional storage. Repeating several elements, including the Brookhaven cherry cabinetry and Crossville Altered State porcelain tile, ties it to the master bathroom. The master closet, which is located between the master bathroom and bedroom, is designed specifically with her clients' needs in mind. The dressing area features zoned storage to accommo- date hanging clothes, shoes and folded garments…all within custom Brookhaven cherry cabinetry. Additionally, 'his' side includes hooks for ties, belts and caps while 'her' side features shallow drawers for lingerie. Full-height, shallow, 13"-deep cabinets on one side of the passageway that leads into the bathroom give quick access to robes. On the other side of the passageway, Gardner included her client's requested makeup station. "She wanted a separate space where she could sit down…a place she didn't have to share with her husband," says the designer. Amenities include ample countertop space crafted from Caesarstone Concrete quartz, a Kallista sink accented with a Moen single-handle faucet, an oversized mirror and a Hubbardton Forge pendant light that brightens the space. Custom storage at the seating area accommodates jewelry and make- up while an adjacent cabinet features adjustable and pull-out shelves and electrical outlets to power hair appliances. Gardner conveniently located the adjustable hand shower and rain head controls at the shower entrance and added two small hooks that loop over the top of the glass so her clients can hang towels within easy reach as they en- ter/exit the shower. 'NATURAL' MATERIALS Gardner gave the master bath a figurative nod toward nature via Crossville's Altered State Steel Glaze porcelain tile, which sheathes the floor, walls and shower. "It's very organic with a rustic, metal look," she says. "They fell in love with the tile and initially wanted to use it with other styles. But the tile in and of itself is so beautiful that I sug- gested they use it by itself so it wouldn't muddy the waters. Using just the one color keeps the room simple, with a focus on the tile." To create interest while maintaining se- renity, the designer utilized a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from 12"x24" on the floor and shower walls to 2"x12" mosaics on the vanity wall and shower floor and as an accent on the plumbing wall in the shower. Stacking the narrower tile horizontally on the vanity wall elongates the relatively small room and provides a cleaner look compared to laying it in a brick pattern, the designer notes. "Also, stacking it vertically in the shower brings the eye up to the [Grohe] fixtures," she adds. The tile colorway also influenced the cabi- netry and vanity top choices, with its hints of The tile colorway influenced the cabinetry and vanity top choices, with its hints of rust inspiring the rich cherry cabinets and its gray hues guiding the selection of the concrete-colored quartz top. The cabinetry's simple doors and drawers lean toward a Craftsman style, which melds with the rest of the home, while its floating design creates an open feel. 38 Kitchen & Bath Design News • June 2019 PROJECT CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT ON CREATIVE, PROBLEM-SOLVING KITCHENS AND BATHS

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