UPDATE 9: Bathroom Cabinets & Tile
Bathroom Cabinets, Prefabricated Versus Custom
Prefabricated Bathroom Vanity: Having found a ready-made vanity they liked, our clients opted for a prefabricated cabinet with darkly rich hues to match the tile selections throughout the primary bathroom. Our crew installed the undermount sinks, countertop, and backsplash included with the cabinet. The decision to select a prefab cabinet versus building a custom piece can come down to several factors our designers often consider, from lead time and customization needs to cost and material integrity.
Custom-Made Open Shelving: The cabinet maker created custom, built-in poplar shelving while also building the kitchen cabinets. Like the main level cabinets, our cabinet crew came to the site after framing to take all the needed measurements to ensure correctly fitted cabinets. Stained to match the espresso bathroom vanity with a rich, black finish, these floating shelves provide additional, tucked-away storage.
Shower Floor Tile: From Shower Curb to Tiled Retreat
To achieve a spa-inspired bathroom, our designers worked with the homeowners on selections and architectural changes that would create an ideal retreat. The plan showcased both a free-standing tub and rain shower surrounded by two unique tiles, a large format wall tile and smaller hexagonal floor tiles.
Selection: DALTILE, Hexagonal Matte Black Mosaic Tile with #642 Ash Grout
- The tile team created a custom shower pan and curb on site. Working together, the plumber and tile installer formulated a plan for proper drainage, building one drain for the tub and another for the shower. After a 24-hour water test, the city inspector approved the assembly. A self-leveling agent is applied followed by waterproofing, fully prepping the the shower for tile Installation. Hexagonal matte tile is placed along the bottom of the shower using #642 ash grout between tiles.
Shower Wall Tile: From Shower Curb to Tiled Retreat
Selection: Happy Floors, Silver White 12×24 Tile with #642 Ash Grout
- Durock, a cement wall board, is installed over framing and is then brushed with a waterproofing membrane. Tiling the shower walls soon after was more labor intensive given disparities in existing framing along the ceiling. Where each sloped surface maintained slightly different widths by several inches, our tile experts had to find ways to make them look even. Though labor intensive, the Silver White 12×24 tile with #642 ash grout now runs beautifully from the ceilings and along each shower wall.
Bathroom Floor Tile That Makes a Statement
A third tile along the rest of the bathroom floor, featuring a black and white motif, unifies selections across the room, from the vanity and shower tiles to new fixtures and paint selections. Our design team helped guide tile selection process, choosing the Interceramic Union Square 8×8 tile in pattern, Becker. Our tile crew used #60 charcoal grout between tiles to finish the job, resulting in a bold and eye-catching design element.