conley6.gif (2529 bytes)


Redesigned and Reimagined
Three bathroom projects elevate and inspire


February 2016

Tall Order
From tired 1980s to marvelous new millennium

Photos courtesy of AB&K

When designer Carol Johnson of AB&K in Greenfield tackled a master bathroom remodel in Mequon, she knew it would require a higher level of design for a taller-than-average couple. That included removing soffits to expose a vaulted ceiling and providing pivoting mirrors at the double vanity.

The earthy design coveted by the homeowners also includes plenty of additional style, with a stacked stone accent wall, a porcelain programmable heat-controlled tile floor made to look like wood planks, an oversized shower with a rain glass privacy wall and a soaking tub.

The practical side of the style includes a corner cabinet dividing the his and hers vanities that serves as not only needed storage for towels and other supplies, but offers hideaway electrical outlets perfect for various hair dryer and shaving appliances.

The biggest challenge, Johnson says, was installing track lighting along the vaulted ceiling that included a proper amount of lighting and was safety rated for the various bathroom functions.

The result, Johnson says, is a room that works in both form and function.

"Homeowners want a bath that is spa-like because they want it to be relaxing," she says. "This is the kind of place that’s perfect for today’s taste."

Get the Look
Feeling inspired? Here are a few items to check out for your own space

1 Paint color: Meadowlark by Sherwin- Williams. A sample quart is $7.19.

2 Moen Weymouth chrome faucet with valves, $633.65 each

3 Golden Sun stacked stone by Daltile, $13 per square foot

Timeless Luxury
A Hartland couple made few changes to refresh their 1990s retreat

Photos by Doug Edmunds

Good design is not a passing trend. Jim and Sue Marriott have made a number of changes to their 1995 contemporary home over the years, but they have only massaged their master bath.

The 500-square-foot space with a vaulted ceiling rising to 18 feet is a glitzy, black, gray chrome and glass nod to pre-millennium modern that fits well with the original vision of the home.

"The original paint color was a custom faux finish that pulled in the colors of the emerald pearl granite," Sue says. "We just changed the wall color to a neutral soft gray tone that complements the granite color and also pulls in the warmer colors from the newly remodeled master bedroom."

Ample light from large horizontal windows allow the Marriotts’ plant collection to flourish, and pops of color come from accessories such as candlesticks and pictures.

Other impressive elements include heated granite floors, a vanity with a sink from Robern (now owned by Kohler), a steam shower by Hansgrohe and plenty of storage.

The room is picture perfect, but also utilitarian, Sue says, which makes getting ready for the day easy and stress free.

Get the look
This may be a 20-year-old bathroom, but you can still capture some of its essence

1 Steam shower by Kohler — depending on square footage, product prices range from $1,340.75 to $2,351.25

2 Emerald pearl granite — product price is $15 per square foot, $39.99 per square foot installed through

Dual Delight
A Parade of Homes inspiration elevates a his-and-her master bath

Photos by Doug Edmunds

Those who design can further their expertise in new, creative ways. A local builder and designer met the challenge of building a special master bathroom together, and the end result was featured in last year’s Parade of Homes in Delafield’s Woodridge Estates.

Designer Kristy Talavera of Nonn’s Kitchen Bath & Flooring in Waukesha and architect Jeff Levar of Kaerek Homes Inc. in West Allis collaborated along with others from their respective firms to produce an impressively functional face-to-face, his-and-her master bath.

Easily the centerpiece of the creation, the facing vanities are separated by a see-through glass partition with mirrors attached on each side. Each side functions on its own, with separate toilets, though the her side gets a clawless soaking tub and his includes a urinal.

Each side has access to a glass-enclosed oversized shower.

Neutral materials, including Symphony quartz countertops, auburn-stained cherrywood cabinets by Countryside, and Kohler sinks and fixtures, pull it all together. Latte-toned walls complement a shimmering gray-beige tile floor that mimics marble.

"We went into this high-end project to do something special that people here have not seen before," Levar says, noting that the facing his-and-hers bathrooms are a "one-of-a-kind element."

Talavera says the teams from both firms met to discuss details, but the overriding theme was to create a timeless room that would not be trendy.

"It is very different from what we have done," she says. "I think it looks great." M

Get the Look
Details worth checking out

1 Kohler Devonshire single-handle faucet in satin nickel, $210

2 Kohler Iron Plains rectangular wading pool sinks, $410 each

3 Cabinet hardware by Century, including Caledonia champagne gold pulls ($16.06 each) and Caledonia champagne gold knobs ($9.59 each)



This story ran in the February 2016 issue of: