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Solutions

"We got it into the room, but when the electrician installed the light sconce that was wired
through it, he tightened it a little too much and
cracked the mirror," said the designer.
She ended up having to demolish what was there and buy a new mirror
to be reinstalled - much more carefully the second time, and it was flawless.
"That was an important lesson we learned and will remember forever,"said Rogers."We are leery about doing large pieces of glass now, but we will discuss these
instances ahead of time with our electricians so we all understand the expectations."
CHALLENGE 2: TUB DECK, MEET SHOWER BENCH

The design team wanted the material for the tub deck and shower bench in
the husband's suite to feel like one continuous design element, but according
to the designer, they hadn't planned for adding slope to the section of slab
that functions as the bench. Trial and error on the job site added a day to the
schedule, but the end result was an impeccable installation.
"Luckily for us, we have a true artisan for a countertop fabricator,"she said.
"He made the top in two pieces; the tub deck side is flat, and the shower bench
side is slightly sloped for drainage. He connected the two together flawlessly,
and we installed the shower glass over the seam to further conceal it."
CHALLENGE 3: TILE TROUBLES

The design team specified a large-format, crystallized glass tile for the shower
flooring in his and her suites but didn't realize it would be difficult to perform
such an intricate installation.
"The fragile glass tile had several spider cracks, as well as a backer,"said Rogers. "Through more trial and error, the installer decided to remove the mesh
backing - a painstaking process - which eliminated the cracks."
The tile on both of the shower walls was also a challenge to install - his
being only 1/8-in. thick and hers featuring an intricate five-piece pattern.
"The tile on her shower walls is an arabesque and key design in five separate
pieces,"said the designer."It was uneven,and our installer had to do a lot of detail
work to wrap it around the center and corner areas and book-match the ends."

CHALLENGE 4: A HATEFUL HURRICANE

At about the halfway point on this project, Hurricane Matthew wreaked
havoc on the coastal town for a few days. There were leaks in several areas
and some water damage in the master bath, which involved additional waterproofing and relining the crawlspace.
"We lost about two weeks on the project," explained Rogers, "but we were
forthcoming with the homeowners about the extent of the damage, and they
understood certain things needed to be dealt with."
CHALLENGE 5: AGING IN PLACE - OR NOT

Although the wife wanted to incorporate some universal design elements
like grab bars in her walk-in shower for safety reasons, her husband was not
ready for those additions in his.
"What we decided to do was add additional structural blocking for grab
bars in his shower," said the designer. "We also ordered the grab bars and
created detailed drawings of where those can be installed in the future. As
homeowners are aging, this is an added value we can offer."
Both showers feature built-in benches for seating, the doorways are larger
than the standard width, and the design team eliminated a knee wall that
served no purpose for better access to the closet and her suite.
THEIR COLOR STORIES

The clients wanted slightly different blue hues for their individual suites. A
bold wall of blue glass mosaic tile sits behind his soaking tub and shower,
and a complementary hand-molded subway tile in the toilet area features a
contrasting white chair rail. The floor and side shower/tub walls mimic the
look of Thassos marble, and the overall walls on his side are light blue.
The walls and vanity in her suite are painted in different shades of blue,
and the same glass tile in the herringbone pattern continues from his side.
The wall tile in her shower is a custom blue arabesque tile with a white key.
Her toilet area features a white, hand-molded subway tile with a contrasting
blue cap that is similar in style.
"There was a certain amount of innovation involved in creating such a
colorful design," explained Rogers. "Choosing the colors was a long process
with the clients, who are very particular, and we wanted to incorporate their
style in this bathroom with a lot of variation. We really enjoyed the process
- it was so refreshing to think outside of the usual white and marble classic
master bathroom design."
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Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
Happenings
Tech Savvy
Trends
Hot Topic
Better Business
Skill Set
Dealer Dish
Countdown to KBIS 2018
Solutions
Before & After
Balanced Budget
What’s Hot
What’s Cool
Small Spaces
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Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Editor’s Note
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Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Show Director’s Note
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Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Happenings
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Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Tech Savvy
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Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Trends
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Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Hot Topic
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Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Better Business
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Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Skill Set
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Kitchen & Bath Business - November/December 2017 - Before & After
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