Qualified Remodeler Magazine

MAR 2014

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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Overhead granite presented installation challenges because of its weight. Five men were required to lift the slabs up the stairs; pre-sized brace and supports held the panels in place. Near the tub platform is a large walnut-stained vanity with contemporary slab door fronts and shaker drawers. Above that is an uplift medicine cabinet and hand-blown artisan pendant lighting. Lacy-looking leaded glass on the back shower wall creates a juxtaposition with the weighty granite walls and ceiling. A BIT OF MAGIC The client firmly believed every home remodel should include what she referred to as a magical element. For her, it was a loft- like area used as a meditative retreat. She dubbed it the "magic room." No longer just an imaginary place, the magic room is a space for resting, reading or gazing outside at the wooded settings. The walls and ceiling are clad in cedar planking, which helps create the desired sense of envel- opment within the outdoors. A drawer tucked within the top step keeps reading and writing material. Reading lights are oil-rubbed bronze. Windows, including a large picture win- dow, bathe the space in natu- ral light, and the crystal-laden leaded glass piece adds a unique aesthetic element. A floor-to-ceiling wardrobe accommodates clothes, shoes and accessories. An oversized built-in dresser, topped with the same Café Imperial mar- ble as the fireplace, integrates and streamlines the space. For seldom-used items at the top of the wardrobe, Chermak Construction installed a library ladder and railing system for easy access. Flooring consists of 18- by 18-in. porcelain tile set on diago- nal with a 6-by-12-in. border; the 3-in. border accent is done with three rows of 1-by-2-in. glass and stone mosaic. Hydronic heated flooring is installed throughout. The medicine chest is heated to prevent it from steaming up, and it also has a finger-touch lift on a cable system for easy opening and closing. QR Granite is a dominant material in the bathroom, chosen for its purple and gold veining. The shower has granite slabs on five sides, including one on the ceiling, which necessitated specialized anchoring systems. The purple Carlton clawfoot tub rests atop a Giallo Rio slab of granite. The stained glass surrounding it helps produce an open feel. Photos: Matt Hesselgrave, Chermak Construction 18 March 2014 QR ForResidentialPros.com PROJECTS: Bath Solutions ONLINE EXCLUSIVE See more photos of this bathroom remodel: ForResidentialPros. com/11311682 QUR_16-19_BathSol314.indd 18 3/3/14 1:45 PM

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