Qualified Remodeler Magazine

MAR 2019

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walls and ceiling gave the original shower room a dated appearance. With an 8- by 12-foot layout, the shower was far too large for its existing bathroom configuration. The homeowners were overwhelmed by its lack of functionality. Specifically, this impractical original design fea- tured far too much space between the showerhead, the handheld fixture, the overhead rain shower and the body spray water sources. Faucet valves, water fixtures and shower benches were separated by more than 5 feet, which forced the homeowners to pick one fixture rather than experience simul- taneous water flow. Just how dysfunctional was the space? Imagine walking 5 feet from a shower bench to the soap dispenser and then to the showerhead. With no door to the shower room, it made for many un- comfortably chilly mornings—a wake-up call no one deserves in their luxury home. Other design issues included glass block half-walls, which failed in their attempt to let in light from frosted windows placed 7 feet high in the shower. AƁer decades of use, the bathroom had mois- ture problems and peeling cabinets as well. It was time for a change, and the homeowners sought a much cleaner design with more functional space to align with their modern tastes. Illuminating the Space The first step to a more luxurious bath was ad- dressing the configuration that led to its lighting and functionality problems. Installing new shower windows could have provided a better light source; however, removing the existing windows or making exterior struc- tural modifications was deemed impractical. Improvements would need to be made from within, and the original plumbing layout was a good place to start. The sheer size of the shower space and its awkward original plumbing created empty areas that contributed heavily to its lack of functionality. The original tub was tucked away in a dark corner and used sparingly by the family. Photos: Allie Mullin MASTER DESIGN AWARDS 2018 BATHROOM $50,000–$75,000 | BRONZE COMPANY INFORMATION TEW Design Studio Durham, N.C. tewdesignstudio.com PROJECT INFORMATION Project name: Function Leads to Light Project location: Cary, N.C. Square footage: 252 Project cost: $71,500 PRODUCT INFORMATION Tile: Artistic Tile and SomerTile Floor tile: Happy Floors Sconce, chandelier lighting: Robert Abbey Cabinetry: Custom by Fullford & Company Countertop: Cambria Tub: Victoria + Albert Toilet: Toto Shower faucet: Moen Sink: Universal Series Sink faucet: Rohl BEFORE BEFORE QualifiedRemodeler.com March 2019 37

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