We are looking for a contract biddable design and bill of materials for a new master bathroom. Currently it is an a very dated style (with carpet on the floors for warmth!). Make sure the plan has dimensions!
1) My wife has the following photos: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/6783370 . This shows what we call a “mountain look”. Truckee is in Lake Tahoe, California (California Sierras). It’s more rustic than contemporary.
2) I’d like it to be “spa” like - i.e. “relaxing and soothing”.
So I guess we’re looking for a “Rustic Mountain Look Spa”. Hopefully the two styles aren’t mutually exclusive.
Below are some of the critical issues and constraints:
1) Flooring - The current floor has carpeting since the bathroom floor is situated over a non-heated crawlspace and gets cold. We were originally thinking about tile with radiant heat when we discovered the new Luxury Vinyl Tile put out my manufacturers. Below is my latest comment on flooring...
"We just went to the flooring store to look at brands of luxury vinyl tire (especially ones that can be grouted). We discovered we liked the non-square tires the best. Also it allows one to be a little bit more flexible on the layout. Armstrong Alterna comes in a 8"x16" form factor. We saw a display of the Enchanted Forest line - thought the 3 colors would be overwhelming for a small bathroom and liked the Tender Twig the best (since it seemed to be in between the two colors and also would go well with a dark wood vanity as pictured in the display).'
[Note - I included 2 photos on the wall that showed the Enchanted Forest display as well as the Tender Twig sample]
You can decide the floor layout and whether to grout or not…I believe you will need to specify floor trim of some type with this floor.
This flooring is NOT appropriate for the shower btw - bathroom floor only.
2) Steam Shower / Bathtub - We don’t need a bathtub. We would prefer a steam shower with a bench instead. This bench should be large enough to comfortably seat at least 2 people. I’d definitely like to also be able to sit with feet up on the bench if it’s just one person. Shower Doors should be frameless. Also I believe that most steam showers require a 7 foot max ceiling. We do NOT have an interest in Body Showers. Waste of water and rarely used.
3) Windows - We can remove and add windows as appropriate. The windows placement are a key part of this bathroom remodeling project. We will be removing the eyebrow portion of the window design and we don't want the crosshatch mullions. It's on the back and side of the house so it won't conflict with the other windows. We are less concerned about view than for light as we’ve learned that appropriate window placement can “open up” a room. Windows can be on both the North side and the West side. Also please specify window treatment (shade type colors/fabric etc.). We tend to use Hunter Douglas brand.
3) Vanity A prebuilt cabinet from a place like Restoration Hardware or Signature Hardware will be preferable to a custom built cabinet for ease of installation. If it is a custom built - please specify the specific dimensions so a cabinet maker can easily quote. The vanity can be either two sinks or one sink. The vanity should have at least 2 usable drawers.
4) Layout Layout and appropriate feelings of “spaciousness” are really important for this contest.
A friend of mine suggested rotating the toilet 90 degrees so it faces West (it currently faces South). If you flip the door - then the toilet is hidden when you open the door/look in the room. It also has the attribute of saving some of construction costs of moving the toilet.
But everything can be moved with the exception of the door…which can be reversed if desired...
But I leave it to the designers to suggest layouts that they like best. We just don’t like the “cluttered” look.
5) Door and Trim - The door has to stay although the hardware on the bathroom side and hinges can be changed (Current Schlage). We can paint or stain one side of the door but the other side needs to remain the (knotty pine) for consistency in the master bedroom. Door, window and floor trim can be anything you specify.
I'm looking for a contractor ready design. This also means specification of the amount (i.e. how many square feet) of finish materials where appropriate. Fixtures should be easily gotten by mail order and higher end (Kohler, Moen, etc.). Home Depot and Lowes have many styles by mail order that can work or we can source product in higher end shops in San Francisco, Sacramento or Reno, NV also. Catalog companies such as Restoration Hardware and Signature Hardware are acceptable. Ikea is NOT… Lighting should also be easily attainable. Lamps Plus is a good source. Tiling and granite can be type of color/design of tiles (subway, diagonal, large, small, etc.). The finish materials should be in spreadsheet format so I can easily plug in different materials, different costs per square foot, etc to eventually come up with a bill of materials for the project. Paint colors can be any US brand (since it can be matched) but Lowes, Kelly Moore and Benjamin Moore are the most convenient for us.
Don't forget the towel racks! and towel storage!
To get a sense of the rest of the house (right now):
To get a sense of my wife’s taste:
We plan to add a dark hardwood floor to the main room of the house. The bedrooms may go to dark hardwood or stay as carpet.