Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUL 2018

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"She would be bathed by light and cleansed by water," Linnebach explains. e client asked to see pictures of similar recessed showers but, to the best of his knowledge, none existed. And yet they proceeded down this path together, and the results are remarkable. WALNUT CABINETS, TILE AND MORE TILE With the big idea set, the plan fell into place and put the project in motion. Custom-designed walnut cabi- nets complete with pullouts for laundry and linens were designed to occupy the spot where the shower enclosure once stood. A 7-foot-long floating vanity constructed of matching walnut was designed for the main wall near the shower. Meanwhile, Linnebach, who does 6 to 12 projects per year, was focused on creating a detailed tile plan. Tile would be utilized throughout the space. e Balinese theme would largely be accomplished by the use of large-format, wood-grained tile from a number of manufacturers. ese were complemented by 2-foot by 4-foot concrete tiles in the shower and a different type of concrete tile for the floor. "Everything was carefully planned out. We worked so hard on getting that tile plan right, because we wanted to make sure it was really done well," Linnebach explains. "We wanted four different wood looks. We wanted four different patterns of wood. And we would take those tiles, and we would stagger them and flip them around [so] each piece looks like a separate piece of wood. We did that throughout. We wanted to make sure you could not see a repeat pattern and, therefore, give it an illusion of real wood." On one end of the shower, built-in shelves were designed for soaps, shampoo and other toiletries. From that end of the shower stall, down to the floor and up the opposite wall, a series of horizontal wood-pattern tiles were set in place to mimic the way real wood planks would be set. e floor tiles were a variant of these tiles that were cut into thin strips by the manufacturers. It creates a Japanese tatami-mat look for the spot directly under the skylight and, thus, directly under the rain shower. "e wood tile is by Atlas Concorde. ey have what is called a tatami mat. What they have done is cut their 3-foot tiles into long strips," Linnebach notes. "And it is just so beautiful. It looks like a tatami mat, but it is tile." e wood patterns continue up into the shaft below the skylight. Linnebach concluded that simply setting a series of wood-plank tiles up in that space would not look realistic. Instead, vertical tiles were set in the corners to An ethereal effect is created as natural light emanates from the same direction as the shower flow. The new shower enclosure replaces an oversized tub that was under-utilized. Before-and-after floor plans show a small shower and large tub that were replaced by a custom closet and larger shower. A new floating vanity with two lavatories instead of one was added. BEFORE AFTER PROJECTS: Design Solutions 24 July 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com

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