Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUL 2018

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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he difference between new construction and remodeling is well known. One is a blank canvass, the other begins with a discarded space that must be re-imag- ined and transformed. Remodeler Paul Linnebach won a gold Master Design Award in 2017 for showing that creativity and imagina- tion often offer radically new ideas, even when applied to a client's most problematic spaces. In this case, an old master bathroom was quite a sore spot for a very busy woman. In one portion of the bath- room, a large unused corner tub sat under a skylight and housed a potted plant. At the same time, an adjacent shower enclosure was partially obstructed by the toilet. e client wanted a bigger shower, more storage and a vibe that reflected her unique taste. "She is a busy, busy woman, who really did not like the layout of the room. She really did not know what to do with it," Linnebach says. "It was really inefficient, which was a shame for what is a nice master bedroom." Linnebach's first task was to assess her style as evidenced by other spaces in the home. It features a lot of museum-style art on the walls. And many spaces showed an Asian influ- ence. "It was modern, urban and chic," Linnebach notes. But the question of how to integrate those themes into the existing space was tricky. e skylight was thought to be part of the problem, but very soon it became part of the solution. Linnebach suggested a tropical Balinese theme com- plete with a large rain shower recessed into the skylight. Paul Linnebach of Mantis Design + Build, Minneapolis, improvises on an inefficient and outmoded master bathroom to demonstrate remodeling at its best. By Patrick L. O'Toole T Tropical Shower QualifiedRemodeler.com QR July 2018 23

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