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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see if there is any moisture buildup in there. She tells me nothing is collecting up there and that it is comfortable." Linnebach concedes that the shower room would have been better without a curb. But the location of the floor joists below prevented creating the proper angle for a curbless drainage system. e only way to achieve that desired look would have been to build up the entire floor of the bathroom, but the client declined that option based on higher costs. "e client has told me that the new showering expe- rience has transformed the way she frames the beginning and end of each day," Linnebach says. As a remodeler, you really can't ask for more than that. | look like wooden support posts. ree-foot planks were then set to look as though they are fastened to the posts. e Balinese scene was completed with the inclusion of custom-made, ceramic planters made by artist Julie Asbury of Portland, Oregon. e planters were attached using stainless steel screws with attractive, brushed stain- less caps inside the planters to hold them in place. A diamond-bit carved out the tile to allow for the screws, which were inserted and set in silicone. If at some point in the future someone would like to remove the planters, the brushed stainless caps could be left in place to be used as a place to hang sponges, wash- cloths or towels. "e planters kind of popped up in my head. I was trying to have fun with the design. It is a fairly large wall," Linnebach says. "And I think if you saw the scale of it with someone standing in there, it would give you better perspective on the size of that space. I really wanted to create some interest on that wall. So I put together a preliminary de- sign concept for these planters and I had an artist, Julie Asbury, make the pots." Linnebach's team set all of the tiles, complete with hand-cut mi- tered edges. e goal, again, was to make the whole space appear to be real wood. Without the miter cuts, metal strips would have detracted substantially from the intended effect. Another challenge was the room's third-floor location. e large-tile cuts were all done outside at ground level, so each of the heavy large-format tiles had to be carried one-by-one up the stairs. is added considerable time and labor to the job. VENTILATION AND CURBS As a practical matter, ventilation became a huge concern in the planning process. e question was not whether more condensation would travel upward and create con- ditions for mold and stains inside the skylight shaft—it would—but how to design a mechanism for removing all of that humidity. Linnebach created an open lip near the skylight. at open lip is connected to ductwork backed by a whole- house ventilation unit that was installed in the attic space directly above the bathroom. Two-inch by 2-inch furring screeds were utilized to create the open lip on one of the four sides. e other three sides of the square were closed lipped. "We've got the air collecting from one side so we can pull air across," he explains. "We kind of wanted it to pull in one direction so we get circulation. So that was a great solution, and I continually check with the client to Carefully selected tiles were married with a zen- like artistic vision to dramatically alter the bathroom. The waterfall effect of the new shower enclosure is complemented by custom-designed wall planters. QualifiedRemodeler.com QR July 2018 25

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