From tired 1980s to marvelous
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
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.
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
Johnson says, is a room that works in both form and function.
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
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A Hartland couple made few changes to refresh their 1990s retreat
Photos by Doug
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.
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.
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
Ample light from
large horizontal windows allow the Marriotts’ plant collection to
flourish, and pops of color come from accessories such as candlesticks
elements include heated granite floors, a vanity with a sink from Robern
(now owned by Kohler), a steam shower by Hansgrohe and plenty
The room is
picture perfect, but also utilitarian, Sue says, which makes getting
ready for the day easy and stress free.
This may be a 20-year-old bathroom, but you can still capture
some of its essence
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A Parade of Homes inspiration elevates a
his-and-her master bath
Photos by Doug
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.
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
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
Each side has
access to a glass-enclosed oversized shower.
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
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