Remodel Reveal: A Spa-Like Master Bathroom Suite

Background:

Our client first came to us a few years ago when they wanted their two guest bathrooms remodeled. Because of their great experience during those remodels and their love of the new bathrooms, they didn’t hesitate to call on us again when it was time to remodel their master bathroom. Once we received their call, we were eager to meet with the couple to discuss their wish list and learn about what they were wanting to do.

The existing bathroom was a suite in that one of the two vanities was located just outside the bathroom door, in the actual bedroom.

Our client wanted to rearrange the layout of the area to make the space function better for how they want to live in their home.

With that being one of the main points of concern, they were also ready to freshen up the aesthetics of the space since it was over 20 years old. Aside from the typical items such as countertops, flooring and cabinets, this bathroom also had lighting soffits, wallpaper and a brightly colored tub all of which they wanted to remove.

Our designer worked with the couple to create a layout and design more fitted to their lifestyle.

Solution:

To get started, we removed everything existing from the bathroom. This included the vanity space which sat outside of the bathroom and the carpet that went along with it.

We then made the structural changes including modifications to wall framing, rough plumbing and wiring necessary to create the new layout.

Once the suite was created, we prepared for the new vanity area.

We installed new Wellborn shaker style cabinets in a cherry color and laid Cambria quartz countertops in “Ella” color.

The main vanity area was for the Mrs. and she wanted her space to be more feminine and slightly different from her husbands. Our designer suggested adding a subtle backsplash around the countertops, so we arranged a beautiful grayish colored mosaic.

She also wanted a seated space at the vanity, in addition to a cabinet where she could store linens, towels and more.

With floor to ceiling storage and generous counter space, there was now plenty of room to get ready and store items she didn’t want out.

The second and smaller vanity, was also updated with the same Wellborn Cherry cabinets and Cambria quartz countertops.

Our clients used and liked having a tub, but the old one was extremely outdated. While they were on board to tear it out, it was imperative that we put in a new (and updated) one. The original tub was positioned directly underneath the window, which left a lot of empty space in the center of the bathroom. To maximize the square footage and layout, our designer suggested positioning the new tub vertically under the window making it parallel to the shower.

Our carpenters installed a Kohler Drop-In Whirlpool tub and framed it with a glazed porcelain tile. They used that same tile to create a platform/bench underneath the window for additional seating, as well as on the surrounding walls for an added touch.

In the old existing shower, our client didn’t have any space to put their soap, shampoo, etc. The remodeled shower included three built-in niches, a soap dish and a hand-held shower. To keep things consistent, the Bedrosians Toscano Classico 12×24 tile that was used around the tub and window was also used on the shower walls. A square mosaic tile in the same color scheme was used on the shower floor.

In completing the tub and shower area, the glass enclosure with a “rain” texture was installed to provide privacy and a spa-like atmosphere. A unique feature of this tub and shower area is that there are two entrances to the shower; you can get in directly from the tub as well as from the main bathroom.

For the flooring, our designer recommended a Luxury Vinyl Plank Tile in a Venetian Marble color, which was a great choice for durability and ease of maintenance as well as a fantastic look. We also installed unique sconces with brushed nickel overlays next to the mirrors and applied modern pulls to the cabinetry.

In the end, our clients were more than pleased with the outcome and couldn’t wait to break in the new space!

Gilbert Design Build Participates in Toys for Tots

Gilbert Design Build Office Staff Proud of Toys for Tots Collections

With the holidays quickly approaching, we couldn’t be more excited to give back to our community again by having both of our design centers serve as drop off locations for Toy’s for Tots collections.

For those unfamiliar with Toys for Toys, it is a 70-year-old charity founded by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Their goal is to deliver a message of hope to the less fortunate by collecting new, unwrapped toys and distributing them for Christmas.

More than 700 communities nationwide participate in this program each year. Last year, more than $280 million was raised, making it their second-best year ever since 1947.

So, what can you do to help? Purchase a new, unwrapped toy (or two) and drop it off at one of our design centers.

Need toy ideas? Children up to age 12 receive assistance, so anything from books to bicycles is appreciated.

We will be collecting toys from November 6th to December 8th.

Our Bradenton design center is located at 816 Manatee Ave E and our Sarasota design center is located at 4049 Clark Rd.

Our design center hours are as follows:

Monday: Noon-5pm
Tuesday-Friday: 9am-5pm

For help with directions and general questions, give us a call at 941-757-3395.

For more information about Toys for Tots, visit toysfortots.org.

Remodel Reveal: The Outstanding Open Concept

Background:

Our client came to us when they had finally had enough of their outdated kitchen and knew it was time for a change. They had been researching kitchen and bath remodelers online when they came across our seminar and decided to RSVP. After attending the seminar, they decided that our company was a good fit and talks about their new kitchen began.

Bradenton Kitchen Before Remodel

Kitchen Before Remodel

Bradenton Kitchen

Outdated Kitchen

Kitchen Table by Window

Solution:

While our client’s current kitchen was outdated and seemed boxy, there was a good amount of space for us to work with once some walls were removed.

In getting started, we removed the existing cabinets, countertops and appliances; however, we held onto the refrigerator because we were planning to reuse it in the remodeled kitchen. With our goal to create an open-concept feel, we tore down the existing walls and arches, which framed in the kitchen from the living room. Lastly, we removed the existing tile flooring throughout the main living area.

With the main areas were cleared, we focused on modifying the plumbing and electrical to accommodate for the new layout of the appliances and an updated lighting plan. The fridge did not change position in the room, however, the stove top and oven while still on the same wall, moved over to the left a bit. The dishwasher was incorporated into the island, as well as the sink, garbage disposal and additional electrical outlets.

Once that was complete, we framed a knee wall for bar seating and began laying the new vinyl plank flooring in a light oak color.

When it came time to install the cabinets, our designer suggested one color and style for the island and another color and style for the main wall. We are finding that this is becoming a common trend and for good reason because it gives off a custom look with little effort. We incorporated a variety of standard cabinets as well as pull out drawers to maximize storage.

With the dishwasher being built into the new island, we used the same island cabinetry to cover the face of the appliance, therefore blending it in. Another unique feature to the island is that we included a pop-up electrical outlet. This is convenient for plugging in portable appliances such as a blender, as well as serving as a charging station for electrical devices.

Our client rarely used their kitchen table, so we used that existing space to create a built-in window seat with additional cabinetry and a wine cooler. This was a great way to highlight the window while providing useful storage and seating in the kitchen.

Once the cabinets were installed and ready for countertops, we installed a Ceasarstone quartz color called Nougat. Instead of your typical backsplash, our client liked the idea of having more of a feature wall. With that being said, we laid a linear glass mosaic, which added interest and height to the space.

In completing the final touches to this kitchen remodel, under-cabinet lighting was installed along the back wall, three pendant lights were hung above the island and a new fixture was placed above the window seat. We attached hardware to the cabinets and painted the main living area a soft blue color.

With the kitchen remodel now complete, the homeowner is more than pleased with the outcome and especially loves the aesthetic of the two-toned cabinets. They can’t wait to entertain in their new open-concept kitchen!

Remodeled Kitchen on Longboat Key

Remodel Reveal: A Chef’s Kitchen Comes to Life

Background:

Our clients are a professional chef and his wife who run a local restaurant on Longboat Key. The existing kitchen was very compact and out of date, and not suitable for the gourmet meals he often cooked. For this clients kitchen remodel, it was imperative that the new space be spacious enough not only for preparing and cooking, but also entertaining. They enjoy hosting dinner parties, so it was important that their new kitchen was open to their living room and included a bar for additional seating.

White Kitchen on Longboat Key

Small Kitchen on Longboat Key

Old Longboat Key Kitchen

Solution:

Throughout the duration of this remodel, from the planning to the layout, design and product selection, our clients were very hands on, as they knew exactly what they wanted.

In designing the new kitchen layout, our client along with the designer, decided to incorporate an open seating area next to where the original kitchen sat to make the new kitchen much larger. This would allow for additional countertop space, providing the homeowner with more room for food prep and providing a bar area for seating. Using this extra space in the new layout would also allow for the appliances to be properly positioned to the chef’s liking.

Longboat Key Kitchen Remodel

As previously mentioned, the original kitchen was compact, so we first started this remodel by tearing out everything including cabinets, appliances, drywall and flooring, which extended through to the living area.

Our clients chose a two-toned look for the cabinets by selecting one color and style for the uppers and another for the bases. A Showplace plywood “slab” door style in a grey wash color was installed for the base cabinets, which also included soft-close drawers, and a soft cream color with a brushed texture was chosen for the upper cabinets.

Once the cabinets were installed, we attached the brushed nickel hardware and installed energy efficient LED under-cabinet lighting. Our client chose a stunning granite for their countertop with lots of movement. For the bar top, a curve was incorporated to return the top back to the column near the front door. This also created a nice flow into the main living area as you walk into the home.

Remodeled Longboat Key Kitchen

Renovated Kitchen on Longboat Key

Directly off of the kitchen, there was a door that led out to the garage. To provide additional storage, the designer recommended opening up that area and connecting it to the main living area to create a pantry storage center with tall cabinets. So, we removed the existing door, poured concrete to raise the floor to the same level as the kitchen, and installed the same soft cream cabinets that were used for the base cabinets in the kitchen.

Built-in Hallway Cabinets

Additionally, we made a few improvements in the main living area. Our carpenters installed tongue and groove on the walls, as well as new wood-look tile on the floor of the kitchen and living room. Our client desired more height and interest at the ceiling, so we removed the original drywall and popcorn texture, exposing the bottom of the trusses and installed tongue and groove boards up between the trusses. We then wrapped the trusses for a beam look and painted them white to match the tongue and groove on the walls.

As if looking into the new kitchen was not aesthetically appealing enough, looking out of the kitchen provides a beautiful view of the water while cooking.

Remodeled Longboat Key Home

 

Floating Bathroom Vanity

Shattering the Stigma: How Implementing Universal Design Can Improve Your Home at Any Age

Let’s face it, no one wants talk about getting old. In a society obsessed with youth and vitality, it might seem out of place to extend conversations about aging with your contractor or interior designer. But as recent studies have pointed out, the majority of baby boomers are not only ready to retire but are considering making certain modifications to their existing homes in order to age in place. Although the term “aging in place” might bring about not so pleasant thoughts or connotations, the term Universal Design is now catching on and making headway in recent design trends.

Universal design is a concept which focuses on making your environment usable for all people of all ages. People with disabilities and without. Universal design helps individuals prepare for the future while it improves the quality of life today. Implementing universal design elements doesn’t have to be a complicated or costly.

Floating Bathroom Vanity Simple solutions might include:

  • Adding grab bars in the shower, by the toilet and the tub
  • Installing a handheld shower or an adjustable shower seat
  • Replacing an existing conventional sink with a pedestal sink accessible to someone in a wheelchair
  • Widening the doorways to create the feeling of spaciousness and accommodating a wheelchair
  • Improving lighting and brighten up the room with night lights and well-lit pathways

Universal Design is about increasing the client’s usability and enjoyment of their home, it does not have to feel “institutional” or be “unattractive.”

Longboat Key Shower Remodel

While most consumers acknowledge their changing needs as they age, it’s the designers responsibility to suggest potential alternatives in making their home more comfortable, keeping their clients more independent as they age. Although designers can not anticipate their client’s mobility or living needs 20 or 30 years in advance, designers can create opportunities and solutions that adapt to the client’s requirements.

No one wants to think about getting old, or having a sudden physical limitation, but all individuals regardless of age, should prepare if those circumstances should occur. The way we need our home to function today, might not be well suited for the way we need it to function down the road.

Remodeled Bradenton Open Concept Kitchen

Remodel Reveal: A Bright and Airy Kitchen

Background:

Like most remodels, most homeowners make the decision to move forward with a renovation when the space is completely outdated or doesn’t function as well as it might have when they first moved in. For this client, in addition to updating the aesthetic appeal to their kitchen, it was important to lighten up the space to feel bright and airy.

Outdated Bradenton Kitchen

Outdated Bradenton Kitchen

Outdated Breakfast Bar Bradenton

Solution:

In fulfilling their dreams of a sunny and inviting kitchen, we created a lighting plan, which consisted of removing the existing soffit and fluorescent lights, and installing new drop pendants, can lights and LED under cabinet lighting.

Our client felt that the existing wood panel on their island peninsula was also darkening the space, so they asked us to remove it and apply new drywall. While this isn’t a request we get often, we have to agree that it was the right move in this situation.

Remodeled Bradenton Open Concept Kitchen

Moreover, we removed all of the old cabinets and installed new Showplace cabinets, including multi-level uppers to convey more visual interest. This aesthetic feature was especially important to our client, as the kitchen opened up to the living room.

To maximize all storage opportunities, our client chose pull-out shelves in their pantry closet, a trash pull-out, as well as a designated bread drawer.

Granite Breakfast Bar

After the cabinets were installed, we laid a Kashmir Gold granite counter top with a half bullnose edge and arranged a biscuit-colored subway tile backsplash. In completing this project, new stainless steel appliances were put in their place and Amerock hardware was fastened to the drawers and doors.Kitchen Subway Tile Backsplash

 

remodeled master bathroom

Remodel Reveal: Cookie Cutter to Custom Master Bath

Background:

We met this client at a home show back in 2015; however, they had been thinking about remodeling their master bathroom for quite some time. With the home being built in 2001, it was over ten years old and cosmetically outdated for our clients taste.

Aside from the aesthetic changes that our client desired, they also wanted to modify the size of their existing shower to accommodate for a larger bathtub.

In planning the new bathroom, it was important to our client that we incorporated interior design elements they desired, such as gray and blue tones and glass accents.

White Vanity

master bathroom

white soaker tub

Old Framed Shower

Solution:

In starting the remodel of our client’s master bathroom, we removed everything original to the space, except for the flooring in the main area and private water closet. This included the vanity cabinet area (countertop, sinks and mirror), the tub and tub surround, the shower enclosure and tile, as well as the vanity light.

Once demo was complete, we got to work on the shower area. We poured new concrete, framed a knee wall to add a separation between the tub area, molded a new shower curb and prepped for tile. Our client chose a ceramic floor and wall tile that coordinated with their existing floor tile, as well as transitional mosaic tiles for a custom framed box on the showerhead wall.

glass mosaic shower tiles

In completing the shower portion of this project, we installed a frameless glass enclosure and a brushed nickel handheld shower.

With the shower good to go, we moved our attention to the tub portion of the room where we had to re-frame the deck area and run wiring to accommodate the new larger jetted tub.

upscale master bathroom with shower and jet tub
white jet bathtub

Once the tub was put in place, we laid granite on the tub deck and extended the wall tile from the shower onto the wall surrounding the tub. We also incorporated the same mosaic tiles from the box in the shower, and installed them as accent around the tub.

Moving on to the vanity area, we installed a custom gray toned Wellborn Select vanity cabinet, positioned two porcelain rectangular undermount sinks and laid the granite countertop. The client chose the same granite which was used on the tub deck, and also incorporated the glass mosaic backsplash from the tub and shower areas as well.

Amerock knobs and pulls were placed on the doors and drawers, and Moen Eva widespread faucets were installed on the countertop.

Spacious Master Bathroom

remodeled master bathroom
gray and blue master bathroom

With the existing vaulted ceiling, we wanted to do something special above the vanity versus the plate glass mirror that was there previously. To tie the vanity and mirror area together, we added cabinetry components to create a backdrop for the two specialty mirrors and scone lights.

Furthermore, we also installed lighting above the backdrop crown molding, which could be dimmed at the touch of a button within the vanity cabinet. Our client liked this feature because it was not too bright, but bright enough for her to use as a night light.

These custom details were a great touch to the overall look and feel of the bathroom, providing a spa-like, transitional vibe.

Shower Remodel

Remodel Reveal: From Builder Grade to Bright and Blue

Background:

Remember the Java Kitchen remodel we shared with you back in November? Well, that same client had us simultaneously remodel their master bathroom during that project. Similar to their wish list for their kitchen remodel, which consisted of keeping the overall layout but updating cosmetically, they too liked the layout of their bathroom, but wanted to update the materials to reflect their beachy taste and Key West community they lived in.

Bathroom

Bathroom Shower

Double Sink Vanity

Outdated Bathroom

Solution:

In starting this master bathroom remodel, we removed everything in sight. This included the existing vanity area and flooring. We also tore out all the shower tile, backer board and glass enclosure.

Once the demo was cleared and we were working with a clean slate, we installed concrete backer board in the shower, molded the new shower curb and prepped for tile. We laid a unique river pebble on the shower floor and placed large 8×20 subway tiles on the wall with a ‘whisper green’ glass listello for a beachy accent.

Shower Remodel
With the shower tile complete, we installed two corner shelves, a Moen rain shower head and attached the new frameless shower enclosure.

Following the completion of the shower area, we moved our attention to the vanity area. Previously, our client only had one electrical outlet that was situated directly under the medicine cabinet. Because this was a double sink vanity, they had asked us to re-wire the electrical to add an additional outlet on the opposite end of the vanity, which we did.

Double Sink Vanity

Once the electrical re-wiring was taken care of, we prepped the bathroom floor for new tile. Our client chose a wood-look porcelain tile, which we laid in a staggered horizontal pattern. With the flooring set, we then put the new double sink vanity in place.

Per the request of our client who desired additional storage, this vanity cabinet included four medium sized drawers in the center to be shared, as well as the typical door storage on each side. Amerock bronzed nickel knobs were installed on the door and drawer fronts, followed by the installation of the new granite countertop.

With the countertop in place, we installed Danze Antioch center set faucets and hung a new mirror, which extended the full width of the vanity. We also installed a new light fixture and comfort height toilet.

In completing this project, instead of attaching the original swing in door, we hung a brand new sliding barn door. Because the bathroom was tight already, this was a great alternative to give the client more room.

Barn Door

Granite Countertops

Remodel Reveal: Open Concept Kitchen With Endless Storage

Background:

Our client lives in the River Club community in Lakewood Ranch and has lived in their home for over twenty years now. Over the course of that time, they have made numerous updates to their home, but had never gotten around to remodeling their kitchen as they wanted. When they finally felt it was the right time to do so, they did the necessary research and stumbled upon us (and we are grateful for that)!

With everything in the kitchen being original to the home, it was noticeably cosmetically outdated, but functioned okay for how they were using it.  They came to us wanting to gut the entire thing and start new.

Outdated Soffit in Kitchen

Kitchen Pantry

Before Bradenton Kitchen Remodel

 

Solution:

In starting this kitchen remodel, we removed literally everything aside from the flooring and knee wall of the breakfast peninsula. This included the soffit light box, cabinets, countertops, appliances and island. We also modified the existing pantry area to accommodate a built-in pantry.

Once the demo debris was removed from the area, we modified the existing electrical above the breakfast peninsula for new pendant lights, as well as above the kitchen island area to accommodate a large chandelier and a built-in microwave.

By choosing to move the microwave into the kitchen island as opposed to above the stove as it was before, our client was able to incorporate a range hood.

Remodeled Kitchen

Once the electrical was modified, we repaired and textured the ceiling where the soffit was and began installing Showplace full-overlay cabinets in maple with shaker style doors throughout the kitchen. A custom, angled left corner wall cabinet with a glass insert was incorporated to be less streamlined and give off more of a texted and dimensional feel.

Once the upper and base cabinets were in place, we focused our attention to the new pantry area, which included matching maple Showplace cabinets with 93” tall double doors with full extension roll-out drawers and two double door cabinets.

Kitchen Island

The new island area also incorporated Showplace cabinets, however in a gray shade. By incorporating two different colored cabinets throughout the kitchen, the room felt light and open. The island cabinets also included a built-in microwave base cabinet and drawer bases for easy storage.

Following the installation of all the cabinets, we added panel molding to the backside of the breakfast peninsula knee wall. This gave off the appearance that the peninsula was one large cabinet and provided a high-end feel, as opposed to of just painting the wall.

Once all cabinetry was in place, we laid a grey Bedrosians tile from the countertop to the ceiling on the range hood wall. This installation was unique in that it extended up the entire back wall, giving off a 3-D effect.

Granite Countertops

In completing this project, we laid sparkling granite countertops and positioned brand new stainless steel appliances. We also installed Hafele pull outs in a few of the base cabinets and mounted Amerock pulls on the drawers and doors.

Sarasota Grand Opening Recap

In case you missed it, we held the Grand Opening of our SECOND location in Sarasota on November 2nd. We had a great time filled with new friends, old friends, live music and food.

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening