Today is Saturday, 30th August 2014

Bathroom Bombshell


After View from Door


Before View from Door

Last year when I bought my 1923 home, I knew I was going to have to gut the bathroom.  While the space was actually decent at 8′ x 5′, the layout was horrible and there was no storage whatsoever.

After a year of living with this bathroom, the construction started.  I took the room completely down to the studs, replacing every pipe in the house.  The pipes were all original to the house, so it made it easy for my to move all of the fixtures around.  The back wall was conveniently 5′ wide – perfect for a standard alcove tub.

It was very important to me to keep with the architecture of the home, so I used fixtures and tile that would have been used in the 1920′s.  I used Kohler’s Bancroft tub, which is designed to reflect tubs os the 1920′s and 30′s.  But this is no ordinary tub!  I took it to the next level by including VibrAcoustic technology, which connects to my phone via bluetooth and uses built-in speakers to emit sound waves that envelop and gently resound the body.  The tub also include’s Kohler’s heated backrest, known as Bask.  The technology doesn’t stop there!  I also included a bidet seat on the traditional toilet, making my bathroom quite the experience.  The vanity is Kohler’s new Damask model, and features their Ceramic/Impressions countertop.  For my faucetry, I chose Kohler’s Artifacts line for a timeless traditional look.

Before View from Tub

Before View from Tub

After View from Tub

After View from Tub

I chose two different styles for my wall tile – one inside and shower and one for the wainscot outside the shower.  The tile outside is by Ann Sacks, and gives the look of a traditional wood wainscot.  Inside the tub I chose to use a simple 3×6″ subway tile in a brick pattern.  I am most excited about the floor tile.  The marble mosaics from Elon Tile, and adds a classic yet bold pattern to the space.  The shower curtain was made custom on Etsy from Pamper Your Style.  The wall color is Old Navy by Benjamin Moore.

What do you think of the space?  What’s your favorite element?

Special thanks to Q.C. Construction and DelVecchio Plumbing & Heating for an amazing transformation.


Creating your Custom Space


Are you ready for a bathroom or kitchen makeover, but don’t know where to start? Relax. We have your back, with experts who can guide you through every step of the process. Like any successful project, yours should begin with a plan. Follow these tips and you’ll be off to an organized and constructive start!

  • Explore your style and design options beforehand using a variety of resources. Our website can be a rich source of information and inspiration. Completing our handy “Before You Visit” checklist can also be a helpful tool for organizing your thoughts, ideas, and research. Favorite home and design publications or the Houzz website have proven to be excellent sources for researching specific styles and designs.
  • Understand your space and size constraints. Contact your contractor for help in determining the specific dimensions you’re working with, which in turn will guide the product sizes you’ll need from vanities and cabinetry to sinks to tubs to tile and everything in between. Armed with these important measurements, you will have a much more productive meeting with the pros at Best when it’s time to visit a showroom.
  • Plan ahead. You want to allow ample time to order products and ensure their delivery in the timeframe needed for your project. Many of the products displayed in our state-of-the-art showrooms are in stock in our 137,000 square-foot Somers warehouse.

Time Flies!


Apparently I haven’t written a blog in three months! So sorry for that, I will try to make up for it with a few posts over the next few weeks.

A lot has been going on here at Best! Kohler finally launched their Tailored Vanity Collection, which meant lots of new displays for the showroom. We have put out 7 new displays in Somers over the last month! We just had a photographer in Somers to shoot the new displays, so we will be updating the pictures on our website with those shortly. We’re also going to be putting more showroom pictures on our Houzz page!  Here is a picture of what the Somers showroom looks like now with the new displays!

Somers showroomOn a personal note, I am knee deep in my kitchen and bath renovation!  I talked about my kitchen over a year ago when I first bought the house, and it’s now finally time for the overhaul!  The bathroom will be done in about two weeks, so my next blog will show the progression of that space.  Once the kitchen is done in early August I will post a blog with all of the details of that space.

Come back soon to check it out!