Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Serious Style

There's this rumor going around that "Aging in Place" has to have an industrial appeal. That walls have to be white to match the shoes and belt, and that the feel should be that of a santarium. Well I beg to differ. 

In designing a space that increases functionality and ease of use for the client, the result doesn't need to be sterile. Incorporating elements of design that wow the senses can create a bath remodel that looks good - and FEELS good. I very much believe and practice the Japanese sensibility of bringing the outdoors in. A tactile experience complimented with a soothing color scheme can create a customized space that simply allows a sigh of contentment. And what a better retreat than in a bathroom - where our day starts and ends.   

By utilizing natural elements like a wispy soft porcelain tile, pebble stones, teak and granite this recent bath remodel allows for accessibility with some stylish assistance. Oil rubbed bronze grab bars, taller vanity cabinets and ADA compliant comfort height commode assist in creating user stability without giving up fashion. The door was removed that enclosed the WC, the existing tub and shower replaced with a walk in glass enclosed shower. A hand held shower wand as well as a shower head on the opposite wall creates options and good looks. 

Streamlined and functional, two niches were created to house necessary soaps and shampoos and are treated with the same pebbles for visual appeal. Plenty of counter space and a framed mirror to reflect the window on the opposite wall expands the space and mind. The unusual pop of khaki green on the ceiling brings warmth, soothes the spirit and softens the hard surfaces. 

I feel an "ahhhhhhhhhh" coming on.  My client said she couldn't ask for anything more.

To hear a client say that at the end of a project - well, neither could I. 

Project partners' websites are below. How wonderful to work with succinct professional people that know how to have fun.  I love it when a plan comes together....

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