Great Rooms Designers and Builders wins Gold Key Award for Bathroom Remodel

November 16, 2011

Chicagoland Real Estate Forum congratulates Great Rooms Designers and Builders for winning a Gold Key Award in the category of “Excellence in Remodeling: Baths Over $50,001 per unit” for a bathroom remodeling project in Libertyville.

The Schwartz Residence Master Bath was a 1980’s outdated bathroom that did not function well for the homeowners. For the several years that they had lived in the home prior to this renovation, they never used the bathtub. The 60″ x 60″ powder blue whirlpool tub was not functional for anything other than a hiding place for the family cat. An oversize shower and toilet room was an extension of the main bath area. It included nearly 40 square feet of unused space.

During the design process we gave each part of the bathroom a purpose. A new freestanding tub was one of the first priorities. Positioning it on an angel in the corner allows it to become a focal point of the room, as it is in view as soon as you enter the bathroom. In order to utilize the space across from the tub, a shallow makeup station was designed so the homeowner would have a space that was separate from the vanity that she would share with her husband. A large double bowl vanity provides storage space for both of the owners. The toilet and shower room was re-configured so it was not wasting space. the wall separating the closet from the bathroom was moved over. This provided them with additional closet space without taking useable space from the bathroom. The shower became larger and is a focal point when walking into this portion of the bathroom.

The other design challenge was the sea of doors that were in the entrance to the bath. There were mirrored closet doors, an oak door from the bedroom, an oak door to the closet and double oak doors into the bathroom. By removing the double doors and building a thickened arched opening we were able to open the space up. Double pocket doors were installed at the entry tot eh shower and toilet room. They can provide privacy and then be tucked away to keep the space open.

The finishes were all selected to create a space that would be relaxing for both owners. A soft, creamy palate was a key component and continued to appear in the homeowner’s inspiration photographs. It had to be coordinated with the exterior dark oak trim that was already installed throughout the home. Neutral tile flooring with an electric heat mat, linen white cabinetry and white plumbing fixtures all contribute to the aesthetic appeal of the space.

The Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago Key Awards were created in 1972 to recognize excellence in housing design, architecture, interior merchandising, remodeling and landscaping. It has since evolved into one of the premier housing programs in the country.

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