Remodeling

NakNak Numbers.

One of the things that happens when you remodel your house is, you find all sorts of cool stuff on the internet that are house related. Like these cool looking house numbers from Taiwan’s NakNak design. The Wire Number series was designed by Kyuhuung Cho & Erik Oloysson in collaboration with NakNak’s 30-year-old metal workshop. Each number is bent by hand and then powder coated for the finish. The forms create sinuous lines that have such a wonderful fluid flow to them. Visually they are a stark contrast to the ever popular Neutra House numbers, and they feel so visually fresh as well. It is easy to see how these were inspired by the bent glass tubing of neon signs.

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It’s Amazing What a Little Tile and Paint Can Do.

The headline of this post is deceiving. A ton of hard work went into remodeling our bathroom.

Starting about a year ago, we began planning the bathroom remodel here at Modular 4. Being a rather frugal guy, I sourced all of the fixtures, and then bought them online through Faucets Direct. That move saved me about 50% over the retail cost here in Kansas City. Really, I averaged a 50% savings on all the hardware, and tile that went into the bathroom.

The actual job has been done for about a month but I just haven’t gotten around to taking photos, and posting anything about it. The work was done by the same guy that put in our driveway, Mike Raimo of Universal Services Construction, here in Kansas City. I want to say straight out that Mike and his crew did an extraordinary on the bath remodel. His tile guy, also a Mike is unbelievable. The images shown below don’t really do justice to the work that was done. They do give you an idea, about the attention to detail, and quality of craftsmanship that went into the project.

The work we had done for the most part was pretty straight forward. The plastic shower and tub enclosure was pulled. The cheap IKEA medicine cabinets were replaced with a Robern unit, as well as the IKEA shelves being replaced with flush mount shelves from Smart Furniture. New lighting was installed on both sides of the cabinet. Kohler hardware was installed in the shower along with new tile.

Mike and his crew went above and beyond by repairing substandard framing they found in the walls after the shower was removed, and by repairing wiring that had been run on the outside of wall studs instead of through the centers. The most complex and time consuming part of the job was the tile work. The combination of subway tile, and the colored tile from Mod Walls required days of intricate cuts to get all of the pieces to fit and look so good. There are individual pieces of tile cut to a width of less than a quarter of an inch to make the fits even across the walls.

So Many Choices, So Few Rooms, So Little Money.

Our master bathroom remodel starts next Spring. All the parts and pieces have been purchased, we are just waiting on a date that works with our contractor and our schedules to start. As is often the case, once you have all the parts purchased, and you are set on a specific look, you often find something that makes you want to rethink the whole project or at least parts of it. Case in point this series of drainless minimal sinks from Giquardo.

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Carved from black granite, Belgian blue stone, or formed from white composite quartz the sinks are simply understated and elegant. Subtle minimal forms create beautiful round shapes and clean look without a visible drain. I really like the look, and in a smaller sized bathroom like ours, the thin wall mounted sink would visually open up the space below to help create a larger feel for the space. Now I just need to come up with even more cash, and see if I can just convince Kristy that we should get one of the double basin models, and re-think our remodeling plans yet again.

Tile Shopping

One of the things about our bath remodel that needs to be addressed is the tile for the wall. Originally we were going to go with Heath Ceramic tile, but it looks like we might have to pass on that due to cost, and the time it will actually get the tile we want. What we are looking at is on back order, so today we are tile shopping locally to see if we can find something that looks as good as the Heath tiles do.

So after two hours at the tile warehouse in Merriam, and having looked through about 500 sample of various tiles, we narrowed it down to a specific look and pulled the trigger. Semi-gloss white subway tile that will rise 48 inches, to a band of warm gray glass tile with a 4 inch insert of rectilinear glass tile, followed by more gray glass, then semi-gloss subway tile.

The pattern, and combination of materials work well together. A series of warm muted tones combined with the semi-gloss white. The opaque vs the transparent of the glass. The tile will surround the entire shower enclosure running across three walls, floor to ceiling. On the wall that extends behind the vanity, the longest wall in the room, the tile will run the full width of the bathroom filling in behind the vanity and mirror.

The only thing left to purchase is the mirror, medicine cabinet and lighting. We have a number of items on the short list, so the next step will be drawing up a perspective rendering of the bathroom and trying on the remaining fixtures virtually before pulling the trigger. Right now, it looks like the remodel will start at the end of March, and take about two weeks. Should be a fun spring.