Distinctive Remodelers Creates High-Tech Bath in Mokena Home

June 11, 2011

Over the years, Gregg and Stacy Prskalo have added a number of items to their home improvement wish list, not the least of which is an extra bedroom. But while their original goal was to enhance their 11-year-old, two-story, three-bedroom residence in Mokena for a quicker resale in the hopes of moving to a larger home to accommodate their growing family, the real estate downturn and tighter finances made them reconsider that ambition.

So instead of opting for a room addition, the couple decided to devote their attention to one of their home’s most pressing flaws: a cramped master bathroom, the update of which would also probably reap a greater return on their remodeling dollar if they decided to put their home on the market in the coming years.

“There were several problems in our master bedroom we wanted to fix,” said Stacy. “First, the master bath was too small and dated, with only a shower stall, a small vanity and toilet. Secondly, we didn’t have much of a bedroom closet for our wardrobe and storage. Third, the way our bedroom was configured, we lacked available wall space on which to hang a flatscreen TV.”

Stacy and her husband dreamed of a bigger, better bathroom with ample amenities, including a separate shower and Whirlpool tub and a double-bowl vanity, as well as a walk-in closet. Their hunt for the right remodeler, which began last December, led them to Orland Park-based Distinctive Remodelers and owner Bryan Nooner, who was referred to the Prskalos by friends and relatives.

“We did our homework and got other quotes from different renovation firms, but Distinctive ended up being the most reasonably priced,” said Gregg. “More importantly, he came to the table with the best ideas for solving our space issues and increasing our comfort level.”

After carefully interviewing the couple about their needs and lifestyle preferences, analyzing the family’s existing floorplan and taking measurements, Bryan proposed a creative solution that hadn’t occurred to the Prskalos. He suggested expand the bathroom beyond its current boundaries and build across the adjacent two-story hallway ceiling, which would provide plenty of room for a walk-in closet within the bathroom. Additionally, he advised taking advantage of hidden wasted space behind the shower wall in order to capitalize on some substantial unused square footage. The ambitious plan would nearly triple the bathroom’s size, from approximately 50 to 144 square feet.

But perhaps Bryan’s most appreciated idea was his recommendation to install an all-in-one luxury modular unit, containing a Whirlpool tub and sophisticated shower system, enclosed in elegant curved sliding glass doors. The system’s perks included a multi-jet tub with a bubbler system and water heating feature; a water-powered hydro jet foot massager; a handheld shower massage; a regular and rain showerhead; multiple body sprays, with alternating power settings, built into the shower walls; a TV and stereo system incorporated into the shower; and a self-cleaning ozonator that automatically filters the air and kills any bacteria, fungus, mold and mildew.

“This would transform an otherwise traditional new bath into a high-tech, ultra-comfort zone,” said Bryan. “It’s the kind of room you might never want to leave, it’s so pampering and relaxing.”

Thrilled with his proposal, Gregg and Stacy gave Distinctive Remodelers the green light. In addition to the aforementioned, Distinctive’s crew created a custom double-sink oak vanity, installed ceramic floor tile sporting a decorative linen fabric pattern, added numerous can lights in the ceiling, moved a window from one side of the room to the other to increase natural light, implemented a linen closet, and carved an attractive arched niche in the wall—complemented with a granite shelf—as a focal point.

“Bryan thought of everything—even an area in the middle of the custom vanity where I could pull up a chair to apply makeup,” said Stacy. “But most importantly, he and his team were extremely accommodating of our situation. I was pregnant with our third child at the time we hired them, and my major request was that they get most of the dirty work done before the new baby came.”

Bryan and his team lived up to their promise of completing the noisy and dusty demolition well before Stacy’s baby daughter Grace was born in early March. They were careful to seal off the area to contain the dust and tidy up the area before leaving each day. They also used an air cleaner to remove any fine particles from the air.

The Prskalos were so thrilled with their finished master bath that they enlisted the Distinctive Remodelers crew to handle a few odds and ends projects around the home, including hanging a new ceiling fan downstairs, replacing the dated kitchen lighting with new can lights and painting the kitchen ceiling, and repairing a few electrical glitches.

“They did an absolutely fantastic job throughout our home. We definitely would like to have them back at some point to remodel our kitchen and add an extra bedroom, but right now we’re pretty occupied enjoying our new daughter,” said Gregg.

As for the new deluxe master bath, “our two boys love the bells and whistles in our shower so much that we can’t get them to use their own bathroom anymore,” joked Stacy of her sons Eric, 14, and Tyler, 12.

Distinctive Remodelers provides a wide range of renovation projects, including room build-outs, second-level additions, home theater room installations, basement finishing, kitchen makeovers, and roofing, siding and window replacements — with no residential job too large for Distinctive Remodelers to tackle. Plus, all work is backed by a full warranty.

Distinctive Remodelers draws on the built-in advantages of being a part of Distinctive Companies — a successful, established area business with 25-plus years of experience.

“We know these homeowners and what they’re looking for, and we’re familiar with the territory we cover,” Bryan said. “And we have a highly skilled crew in place that we’ve added to, as well as an unparalleled reputation for outstanding quality and value.”

Additionally, Distinctive Companies has a 3,000-square-foot, full-service design studio, making it simple and convenient for remodeling customers to choose their exterior and interior product, finish and material selections. From cabinet pulls and plumbing fixtures to flooring options, door handles, appliances and trim packages, everything is there under one roof. Homeowners can browse through plentiful wall and floor displays, samples and swatches and consult with a selections specialist to make more informed decisions.

What’s more, Distinctive Remodelers relies on its skilled architectural design team equipped with its computer-aided design (CAD) resources to ensure that the conceptualizing and planning of every home project goes smoothly and efficiently.

“You can rely on courteous, knowledgeable professionals when you hire Distinctive Remodelers. Everyone on our team has been carefully screened, and they will treat you and your property with the utmost respect,” said Bryan. “Furthermore, you can rest assured that you’ll get punctual responses to your questions and requests.”

Above all, he added, “you can count on the highest level of customer service from a project manager specifically assigned to your home who will supervise your job from start to finish.”

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