Mokena Family Follows Path to New Baths, Courtesy of Distinctive Remodelers

October 17, 2010

Richard and Kathryn Carlson weren’t tiring of their step-up ranch in Mokena after 15 years. But they knew it was time for some changes—particularly in the baths, which were overdue for major updates.

“We were having some trouble with the ceramic tile and grout loosening in our two bathrooms,” said Kathryn, who had the home built new back in 1994. “Plus, it was time for a new look in each of them and an improved layout.”

In the master bath, primarily used by Kathryn, the couple yearned to take out the square-footage-robbing Whirlpool tub and install along an adjacent wall a new cast iron soaker tub and a frameless glass surround shower next to it. Richard, meanwhile, dreamed of gutting his three-quarter bath, replacing the tub with a deluxe standing shower and decking out the room with upgraded components.

“Years ago, we had shopped around for different contractors and remodelers, but found it was hard to get someone to return your calls or provide an honest, accurate estimate. Luckily, we were familiar with Distinctive Companies, which had constructed a number of office buildings near us on Wolf Road. We liked the way they were designed and built, so we thought we’d give them a call,” Richard said.

Distinctive Remodelers - Carlson bath with soaker tub

The Carlson bath with soaker tub by Distinctive Remodelers.

Before long, the Carlsons were visited by Mike Carroll, president of Distinctive Remodelers—a division of Distinctive Companies. Mike evaluated their project, offered several key suggestions and so impressed the couple that they ultimately enlisted Distinctive for the job, which would also include installing new replacement windows and exterior siding.

“These two bathrooms had a lot of potential for more spatially efficient designs and improved comfort and luxury,” said Mike. “Kathryn and Richard both had creative ideas about what they wanted to do in each, so it was a true collaborative effort in planning the new spaces.”

Mike and his crew began by gutting Richard’s three-quarter bath. They built a standup shower that included four body jets along the tile walls and brushed nickel hardware, inserted custom-made cabinets and a granite-topped vanity, and installed handsome stone tile along the floor.

The challenge in this room was to incorporate more natural light, as it lacked a window, said Richard. So Mike devised a plan to incorporate a skylight by cutting into the ceiling, inserting a shaft up to the roof and installing a glass skylight.

“The tricky part was getting around all the plumbing and electric in the ceiling, but we were able to accomplish our goal,” said Mike, who added that the skylight is remote controlled, allowing Richard to open it at will. If he ever forgets to shut it, the skylight has a sensor to detect if rain, sleet or snow is imminent and it automatically closes itself.

Next, the Distinctive team implemented new Energy Star windows in the bedrooms, master bath and kitchen, being careful to match the interior trim woodwork, and installed new tan vinyl siding on the home’s exterior.

“Our wood siding was peeling and would have cost too much to have prepped and painted,” said Richard. “Now, we don’t have to worry about any siding maintenance and the outer wrapping of the house looks clean, fresh and bright.”

Lastly, Mike and his crew razed the master bath and installed a classic cast iron slipper tub with brushed nickel claw feet, “which provides a timeless look and elegant charm,” said Kathryn. A frameless glass surround standup shower—with a special coating on the glass to prevent spots—was created across from the tub. Among other highlights in the new full bath are a new custom vanity, spacious linen closet, new window, crystal chandelier light over the soaker tub, glazed porcelain tile floor that truly catches the eye, and, like Richard’s bath, wainscoting along the walls.

“The difficulties in the master bath were related to reconfiguring the plumbing, as we were moving the toilet and the tub to another area of the room,” said Mike. “But it all worked out perfectly. Kathryn also has a lot more storage space with the bigger new vanity and the generously sized linen closet.”

Distinctive Remodelers provides an impressive range of renovation services, among them kitchen makeovers, basement finishing, room build-outs, second-level additions, roofing, siding and window replacements, and home theater room installations — with no residential job too large for the firm to tackle. Also, all work is backed by a full warranty.

To make an appointment for a free estimate, contact Distinctive Remodelers at (708) 479-7700. For more information, visit DistinctiveRemodelers.com.

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Lynn Walsh is the President at Walsh Communications, LLC. Walsh Communications is a full-service public relations, marketing and advertising agency for home builders and real estate-related industries.

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