While they may not score points for timeliness, this month's post by Architectural Digest, A Shower Niche Is an Absolutely Must-Have in Your New Bathroom, certainly underscores an important design trend we've witnessed for at least five to ten years now. For the hundreds of bathroom renovation projects we've completed over the years in Northern Illinois, a tiled shower niche is certainly at the top of the "most requested feature" list. This is part of a larger bathroom remodeling trend we've covered before within our blog; the migration away from fiberglass shower units to custom tiled shower walls with niches and even shower benches. If the time has finally come to replace your tub surround with something more beautiful and "versa-tile" contact Diamond Bath today to schedule your free design appointment!
Our latest project in Gurnee, IL started with a list of client wants for their Master Bath remodel; a larger shower, a soaking tub, a larger window, removal of closets and a water closet that felt bigger with better lighting. Our designer met with the clients to review their plans, listening carefully to their wants and needs, followed by a field visit to take measurements and photos. While the Diamond Bath Remodeling proposal was one of three considered, these clients selected Diamond Bath based upon our professionalism and a great design proposal that included the removal of a closet to provide cabinetry for a separate make-up area and a shower space that was nearly twice the size of the original.
Our Diamond Bath team collaborated with these clients on many important decisions including selecting flooring, shower tile with a custom tiled pan, wall tile, counter top materials, cabinetry, cabinet hardware, a new window, shower glass enclosures and faucetry. The larger custom shower included a built in bench and a shower niche. The subway tile on the upper third of the walls was completed in a herringbone pattern and the ceiling was tiled as well. A polished nickel finish was selected for the rain shower head, body sprays, the handheld and the shower valve as well. A frameless glass enclosure was installed with a heavy glass swing door that features matching polished nickel hinges and door handle to complete this gorgeous custom-crafted shower.
The clients selected an ivory painted finish for all the cabinetry, including the new make-up vanity area and a linen closet cabinet. Quartzite granite countertops provided a beautiful compliment to the new cabinetry and the oil rubbed bronze cabinet hardware selected by the homeowners was good contrast to the sheen and warmth of the polished nickel faucetry and fixtures. A larger window replaced a half circle window and a 66” long Victoria & Albert lava-stone soaker tub was positioned up against a knee wall with a herringbone tile pattern to provide a backdrop to the beautiful tub and the Roman tub faucet, also in polished nickel.
We completed the project by adding beveled mirrors in the make-up area and running the mirrors all the way up to the new crown moulding. More beveled mirrors surrounded the recessed cabinets and the new light fixtures set into the mirrors elevated this new master bathroom to something that looks more like Hollywood than Gurnee! And once again, Diamond Bath delivers an incredible bathroom for some very happy local clients!
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Earlier this week NPR had a four minute story about smart homes that mentioned an impressive new synthetic sensor built by students at Carnegie Mellon University that can determine when dozens of different "dumb" appliances are running based upon light, sound and vibration. While this recent development was impressive, the story took a darker turn as cybersecurity experts expressed concerns over Roomba robots mapping homes so that an inventory of products your home consumes could be resold to marketers.
While it's great that a smart thermostat can sense time of day and reduce heating and cooling expenses all year long, other smart devices may be unsecured and could potentially make your consumption patterns available to others with financial motives. If we mount an Angel Soft Dash button in our bathroom, wirelessly connected to our Amazon Prime account, and Charmin gets wind of it, will we suddenly see online offers, commercials and promotions from Charmin in an attempt to sway our toilet paper buying habits? Would you take offense to this type of "smart" marketing or see it as a benefit in terms of reduced prices resulting from competition? While we understand that many smart devices are there to quickly supply our homes with relevant products, are we really worried that Alexa might go on some type of frenzied robot shopping spree and purchase a years worth of toothpaste because she saved 14% over a single tube?
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When working with local homeowners, it's common for people to consider resale possibilities in the future when picking new bathroom features, fixtures and colors. While our design team can help with all of those decisions, we found this recent Zillow article, "Homes with Blue Bathrooms Sell for $5,440 More Than Expected" highly intriguing. It seems the researchers ran a paint color analysis on 32,000 photos of homes that sold across the country and then determined which colors fetched the greatest selling prices. If you are preparing to sell your home soon, we encourage this quick read since it seems that it's not just "light pale blue to periwinkle blue bathrooms" that fetched higher prices, but also blue kitchens, bedrooms, dining rooms (but not in Chicago) and even navy blue front doors! If the time to list your home is coming, and your bathroom is not up to par with today's buyers expectations, don't be blue; Contact Diamond Bath today!
We wanted to let everyone know that we continue to make good progress with our new Customer Selection Center in Crystal Lake. As you'll see from the pictures below, some fresh paint made a big difference and some of the new samples have already arrived. Brand new tile display samples are due in this week! For those who live in Crystal Lake, keep an eye out at 820 E.Terra Cotta Avenue - Unit 112, as we plan for an upcoming grand opening event!
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