As the pandemic continues, our need for good news has never been greater. It is my hope that the stories I write for you might provide inspirations and help you cope with current times.
One of the most rewarding aspects of being a designer is when a customer asks me return to their home to help them with another room. Randy and Bonnie were so extremely happy with the final results of their kitchen renovation, that they consulted me to update their guest bathroom. If you’d like to see their amazing kitchen transformation, read “Dramatic Redo” that I posted on April 8, 2020.
This room was one of the rooms in their house that gets a lot of use. It is located right off the great room and down the hall from the guest rooms. Even though the existing bathroom had absolutely no personality, the homeowners couldn’t simply shut the door, to keep the room out of sight. So until there was enough time and money to deal with it….they had to live with the dated and lackluster bathroom. I am certain this room drove Bonnie nuts, because she once told me there were times she was embarrassed with the way the room looked. Take a look at the “before” picture. It’s a reminder of what the bathroom looked like before. It was builder basic. The “after” photo shows the room is now full of personality.
The new-improved bathroom’s layout would remain the same because the floor plan wasn’t a problem. This project was a DIY as Randy is an amazingly talented handyman. An outdated and short vanity was replaced with a taller one. Simple updates turned this bland room into a calming space. The new beach-inspired shower curtain gives the bath a trendy look but can easily be switched out to change the room’s style.
So, when Bonnie wanted to have a countertop material that mimic the look of stone I suggested she use a solid surface material. Solid surface countertops (such as Corian and LG Hi Macs) are smart choices when you want an affordable and practical option. Made from nonporous acrylic, solid surface countertops are easy to clean and disinfect and resist stains and bacteria. It comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns and can be easily repaired if scratched. Bonnie selected a “sand colored” solid surface for the new vanity top.
I’m a big fan of fairness and giving credit where credit is due. Gary Shaffer and Aaron Shaffer, a father and son team, at Just Counters & Other Stuff fabricates in-house all of our solid surface countertops. Incidentally, Gary was the first employee hired at Just Counters. The two skilled fabricators can create easy or incredibly complicated countertops. They both have the knowledge that it takes to use machines and tools, keen math and measurement skills to work from patterns, blueprints or verbal instructions. Not to mention quality control and technical/mechanical know-how and critical thinking skills. I’m always amazed with their keen eyes for details. They often exceed customer’s expectations, just like they did with this one.
While I was taking “after” pictures of the small room I felt calm and relaxed. The newly remodeled guest bathroom felt as if the room was filled warm sunlight and a cool breeze. I could have sworn there was a sandy beach and azure waters nearby.
It is always my pleasure to share with you the amazing transformations that I have been part of, over the years. While these blogs are not intended to drum up business, please feel free to reach out to me and let me know if I can help you create a space that’s just perfect for you.
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