Small Deck, Big Style 61 Saves | 0 Questions This beautiful Edwardian got a fresh update with a new Ipe deck with integrated steel boxes and low water succulent plants. We also updated the patio and front path with a herringbone pattern in reclaimed brick and added in some no-mow low water lawns for the kids.
Concentrated Storage Across from the shower, a 118-inch-long vanity takes care of most of the homeowners’ storage needs without looking bulky. “Storage was a major concern of the client, so we worked to include a long vanity with medicine cabinets and six drawers for added storage,” Levant says. “We wanted storage options that allowed for items to be put away and not occupy much counter space.” The vanity was too heavy to float off the wall, so the designers came up with a clever way to get a similar look. “The cabinetry area is built on a tiled platform to give it the appearance that it floats,” Levant says.
The homeowners wanted a relaxing shower big enough for two instead of a tub. Levant used a well-edited material palette of large-format, concrete-look textured porcelain tile accentuated by matte black fixtures and other small details. A streamlined ledge for products extends across the width of the stall. A clear glass enclosure makes the shower feel larger and brighter. Splurges and Savings When balancing the budget, the designers splurged on plumbing fixtures. “An investment in this area is always a wise move considering the potential cost of having to replace inferior-quality products in this category,” Levant says.
After. Once Human received approval for the project, he had the space taken down to the masonry walls and concrete floors. Then, he dropped the ceiling down 2½ inches, and had recessed lighting and a recessed shower curtain track installed. At first, the owner was not convinced that dropping the ceiling farther was a good idea in this small area. However, Human explained that adding more light and leveling the ceiling would actually make the small room feel bigger. When the client saw the results, she understood what Human meant. Shapes. You may notice that this room is full of right angles, from the floor tile to the bathtub to the vanity. This was intentional. “Our hashtag/motto in our office is #detailsmatter, and this is one of those background details that really pushes the space from an everyday bathroom to a designer bathroom,” Human says. He used square-edged marble on the vanity countertop and bathtub surround, and outlined the floor tiles in black marble. These details, Human says, while simple, help make the overall design elegant. Splurge. Because the room was small, Human could splurge on more expensive floor tile. He searched for the right statement piece and fin...
Marble countertop. Because the position of the toilet, bathtub and sink could not change, Human had to consider how those elements — and the materials they were made from — would interact. For example, Human was worried that water from the shower would get on the vanity, shown here at the end of the tub. He decided to install custom wood vanity cabinets that were sprayed with a matte lacquer finish. To further protect the vanity, Human topped the cabinets with a marble slab and added a waterfall edge. He then finished off the look by installing marble on the bathtub surround. Vanity countertop: 2-centimeter Carrara marble slab; vanity cabinet: custom; vanity hardware: vintage brass pulls; sconce: brass, Davis Double Sconce, Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.; browse brass bathroom
Inside, 7-foot-tall floor-to-ceiling George Nelson Omni shelving houses Fein’s collection of books on architecture and design. The desk, which Fein designed, hooks into the shelving system. Cork flooring, laid straight on the slab foundation, visually warms the space and provides a smooth surface for desk chairs.
The home office measures just 10 by 12 feet — the size of a “shed” as dictated by local building codes — and Fein made design choices to keep the style modern and the costs within budget. Those two goals often were able to go hand in hand. For example, the simplified rectangular shape and location of both the door and large window on a single side of the structure set a modern style and kept costs down. Bright red-orange paint was an easy and cost-effective way to give the structure more design pizzaz. (The red-orange color also ties in with doorways in the main house.)