and Nancy Kuhlman of Brookfield
wanted their master bath to
be done predominately in white.
26-foot long bathroom features two walk-in closets, a
in white porcelain
that is offset by Grecian pillars, and
a bay window. There is also
a shower and long marbled
Corian vanity top with
it might be nice to have a fabulous great room, impeccable home
landscaping or finished basement, but when it comes to true house
envy, there are only two places that really count the bathroom
and the kitchen.
Though it may not seem like it, these two areas
of the home have much in common. Both crave the latest in design
and technology. Though we dont tend to spend a lot of time in
either, when we do, we want to be comfortable yet functional,
which means room to move.
The longer we own our homes, the more likely we
are to become dissatisfied with a dated bathroom or kitchen. Our
tastes and needs change, and what may have been perfectly adequate
in the past now doesnt cut it. Of all the rooms in the house,
the bathroom and the kitchen are the two rooms that often see
multiple face-lifts during the time we live in our homes. As
homeowners, we love to incorporate new color schemes, technologies
and design elements. Thats one of the luxuries of owning your
Unfortunately, bathrooms often have a little
more difficult time shedding a dated look or design. Bathroom
fixtures, lighting and furnishings are often rather permanent.
Color schemes are carried out in tile, porcelain and counter top
surfaces. So when we do plan to create or renovate a bathroom, it
does require careful planning about what we may want now, and what
wed probably want in the future.
Such careful planning is what helped re-create
the master bathroom in Bill and Pam Dejas house in the Town of
Delafield. The redesign maximized the spaces potential and
helped to highlight the existing architectural components,
including two casement windows.
The windows bring the morning sunlight into
the bathroom, says Pam Deja. I didnt want to remove them,
and instead we used custom cabinetry to extend the vanity space,
though the vanity tops are at two different levels. The additional
cabinetry helps accent the windows.
This extension also helped create additional
room around the double sink area. The cabinetry and counter top
extends from window to window, with the windows serving as frames
to a large, mirrored medicine cabinet.
Though the windows always helped to bring
light into the bathroom, the new recessed lighting above the
medicine cabinet really brightened up the area, she says. The
lighting is much better for putting on makeup.
The other substantial change to the existing
bathroom was the removal of the bathtub. The actual space did
not change, but because we removed the casing and the bathtub, it
seems much more spacious, says Pam. We replaced the bathtub
and casing with ceramic tile and clear shower doors.
The tub area renovation also included the
installation of a Kohler Master showerhead with three valves. That
was something Bill opted for, admits Pam. We actually tease
him about all the settings.
and Pam Dejas master bathroom in their Town of
Delafield home boasts two levels of vanity space in order
to accommodate the casement windows on each side. The
cabinetry is Bertch Custom Cabinetrys toffee-colored
Morocco and the countertop is done in DuPonts neutral
Aurora Corian with the biscuit color
through in the ceramic tile, which also includes light
sprays of chocolate brown. The bathrooms fixtures are
by Kohler, and include a combination
chrome and brass.
The overall look of the bathroom is very
contemporary, with a color palette that allows the Dejas to use
accent colors of their choice. The cabinetry is Bertch Custom
Cabinetrys toffee-colored Morocco and the counter top is done
in DuPonts neutral Aurora Corian with the biscuit color carried
through in the ceramic tile, which also includes light sprays of
chocolate brown. The bathrooms fixtures are by Kohler, and
include a combination of chrome and brass.
Weve introduced some color with an
arrangement of zinnias on the vanity, which brings subtle color
into the room, says Pam. The project was finished in
September, and Im very pleased with how it has turned out.
John and Peggy Heuler of Elm Grove, who redid
their bathroom in the fall of 1999, share the same feeling. We
were able to completely update our color scheme and maximize the
use of the bathrooms existing space, says John Heuler. The
color scheme was very out of date; it was brown, circa the 1980s.
The bathrooms new look is much more
contemporary. We replaced the old toilet with Kohlers
Rialto, which is a low-slung design, says Heuler. All of the
fixtures were replaced and the sink is now undermounted under an
expanded vanity top.
All the old faucets and hardware were replaced
with Moen silver faucets.
Like the Dejas redesign, the Heulers guest
bathroom also does not include a traditional bathtub. Instead,
we have a five-foot by three-and-half foot whirlpool bath with a
shower above, says Heuler. The whirlpool bath also contains a
The prominent color of the room is green with an
Italian Verde green marble vanity top.
We used 12-inch by 12-inch imported stone
from Italy, says Heuler, who owns Heuler Tile in Pewaukee. It
has a polished finish. Its something Ive known about for
years, and I really liked the look of it.
A matching marble tile was used on the walls,
which also includes three feet of wainscot.
The cabinetry is also by Bertch, but in this
bathroom, the selected finish is a white laminate instead of a
wood grain. The Heulers also incorporated halogen lighting into
their new bathroom. Halogen lighting is becoming more popular
than ever, notes Heuler. Its a choice that has worked out
very well for us.
The use of a 12-inch by 12-inch stone really
makes the room feel bigger, Heuler added.
Even though its been more than a year since
the redesign was completed, Heuler is still quite happy with the
results. We needed to update the bathroom, he says. We
both are very pleased with how it turned out.
The most fortunate among us have the opportunity
to design our bathroom as an original part of the home, which is
what Dale and Nancy Kuhlman of Brookfield did when their home was
being built six years ago. The end result is a magnificent space
with classic accents and a luxurious amount of space.
Our original intent was to create something
large and spacious, says Nancy Kuhlman. As the project moved
along, it evolved and turned into something quite beautiful.
The Kuhlmans master bath is 26 feet long with
a width ranging from six to ten feet. It includes two walk-in
closets and joins the master bedroom through an arched entryway.
The predominant color in the room is white,
which lends a fresh, clean and classic look to the room.
In hindsight, white was probably not the best
choice, but its really what I wanted, says Kuhlman. White
can be difficult to keep clean and weve had to do some
touchups, but it has been worth it.
The focal point of the room is a sunken
whirlpool in white porcelain, which is set off between two Grecian
pillars and framed by a bay window. The pillars are faux painted
to mimic white and gray marble, and the same feeling is picked up
by a combination of painting techniques and tone-on-tone
Sheer swag curtains with blinds that can be
pulled down for privacy accent the bay window. The bathroom is on
the north side of the Kuhlman home, which provides a very
comfortable environment year- round.
If theres no time for a soak in the whirlpool
tub, the Kuhlmans can use their shower, which includes two
showerheads behind a beveled glass shower door. The shower also
includes a seat.
A vanity with two sinks runs along the wall of
the master bathroom. That was important for us because when you
only have one sink, it can be difficult for two people to get
ready at the same time, Kuhlman said.
The marble of the pillars is picked up in the
vanity top, which is gray marbled Corian in Avonite. Gold and
white faucets by Kohler accent the white sinks.
and Peggy Heuler of Elm Grove updated their guest bathroom
with a more contemporary look. The predominate color of
the room is green including the
Verde green marble tile used on the walls surrounding the
three-foot by three-and-a-half foot whirlpool tub.
A number of light sources are used throughout
the master bath. In addition to the natural light from the bay
window, the design includes halogen lighting in cone shaped
sconces, recessed and spot lighting as well as heat lights in
Though the Kuhlmans master bath is
predominantly white, Nancy has chosen to introduce subtle color in
a very controlled way. Select tiles are used throughout the
whirlpool tub and shower areas.
Certain tiles include iris images, which
introduce blue and peach into the color scheme, she says. Ive
also introduced color through a blue and gray floral arrangement
on the vanity.
The design of the Kuhlmans bathroom was very
deliberate. We knew we would be looking at a very long-term
design, which is why I chose white because it is so timeless and
classic, says Nancy.
With one exception. If she could and though
she loves how it looks Nancy might just change one small
element in the bathroom. Because the master bathroom adjoins the
master bedroom by an archway, there is no door separating the two
When my husband gets ready at 5 a.m., it
almost makes me wish that we had a traditional doorway between the
two rooms, she says. But thats something I can live with.
I absolutely love the way the bathroom has turned out for us.