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Convenient and Stylish Shower Storage Solutions for Any Modern Bathroom

October 21, 2016 |

Storage space is hard to come by in a bathroom. Even with a recessed medicine cabinet, a linen closet, and vanity space, I still have trouble storing items for daily use. More storage solutions are hidden right in front of your eyes! Focusing on just one area, the shower/tub, we can already point out 4 points of added storage space: recessed shower niche, in shower bench seating, wire baskets, and corner shelving. Check out how you can maximize your bathroom storage below!

Recessed Storage Niches

Recessed storage niches can maximize storage greatly. While updating your walk-in shower and/or tub in your bathroom, we get so excited over the new finish material opportunities but often neglect to design specified storage within the shower for ease of use. Niches are great at accommodating small and large shampoo bottles, soaps, and anything else one needs in the shower. Compared to any other storage solution in a shower, niches do not take up any additional space. A typical recessed niche is 12” W x 24” H. The 12” width allows the recessed niche to fit between vertical studs behind the wall which are typically 16” apart. The typical depth of a recessed niche is 3.5”, which is the width of a wood stud. Niches can range in width and height but should be discussed prior to starting so as to make sure any plumbing or electrical wires are not in the way as well as supporting of cut stud if make larger in width.

Recessed niches should be installed in interior walls compared to exterior walls. Materiality for these niches have to be taken into consideration as well. Niches can be tiled and can be framed with different edges to retrieve a different look. For example:

Metal edges on a niche vs. bullnose tile.

Metal Edges on a Niche

Metal Edges on a Niche

Bullnose tile

Bullnose Tile

 

Recessed niches can also span to large widths such as:

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Wide Niche

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Wire Baskets

Wire baskets can be installed to either corner of the shower. These are meant to provide secured storage for soaps and shampoo/conditioner bottles without them slipping and falling off shelving. This is an alternative to recessed storage niches and pie shelves. These items are typically finished to be rust resistant. The wire baskets allow for moisture to completely escape, allowing for no moisture build up. Wire baskets provide a more contemporary/modern aesthetic to any shower.

 

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Wire Baskets

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Wire Basket

Corner Shelves

Corner shower shelves are an additional alternative to recessed storage niches and fixed wire basket storage. Pie shelves are meant to be installed in the corner of showers and tubs. Unlike the wire basket storage, pie shelves come in a few different materials such as marble, glass, and stone.

Shower corner shelving can come in the shape of a 1/4 pie and triangle size. Typically more 2-3 corner shelves are installed in a shower to allow for ample storage space for multiple users in the shower. A corner shelf can even be installed as a seat and/or foot rest for shaving. Heights for installation of pie shelves are based on their specific users. If you are designing for clients that are shorter or taller than average, it is recommended you install based on the needs of your client. As a point of reference, the corner shelves should be installed within minimum and maximum reach distance for the user, 36”-60” off the finished floor.

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Pie Shelf

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Shower Benches

Shower benches can become another means of storage within a shower. Typically they need 15” in depth to allow adequate enough space while the seat comes 17”-19” in height from the finished floor. Corner benches are typically installed out of the spray area from the shower head, anchored at 18” from the ground so that feet can be tucked underneath. At this height, this bench can be utilized at a foot rest for shaving or lowered storage for shampoo/conditioner bottles.

Typical materials utilized for shower benches ranges from stone to wood, specifically teak. Shower benches can opt to fold for storage while showering and while not in use can store itself for added space in the shower.

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Stone Shower Bench

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Teak Wood

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Wall Mount Teak Seat

With all these storage solutions possible in just the shower/tub area alone, how can you just choose one? Each offers their own unique solution. When choosing some of these solutions for your bath remodel, don’t forget to consider what you seem to be missing in your current space and what can appeal to all users of the new space!

Modern Rustic Home Décor – How to Get the Balance Right

May 1, 2016 |

While you may not be living on a ranch, and not even considering a rustic overhaul for your home decor, a little country flavor can do wonders if you’re aiming to add character to your dwelling.

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Indigo Kitchen Design Trend

October 22, 2014 |
Blue Cabinets pack a modern punch with sleek cabinets and warm wood tops.

Blue Cabinets pack a modern punch with sleek cabinets and warm wood tops.

 

 

 

Indigo has been showing up in interior design trends as of late, and paired with the ever popular crisp white cabinetry, rich wood tones, or even contemporary grey tones, this color can really pack a punch!

Depending on what it’s paired with, it can range from traditional farmhouse styles to posh contemporary interiors. Navy blue has always been considered somewhat of a neutral closet to its black color cousin, just check out every professional’s closet. Indigo blue brings a more trendy approach to the classic blue tone,so you can feel assured that using this color won’t be seen just as a fashionable trend that has come and gone, but a sophisticated and modern color choice.  Studies show that as homeowners feel more confident in the economy and housing market, color trends for homes interiors tend to be more mature and carry a sophisticated palette, something that they can grow with years to come. Gone are the days of bright and bold fleeting colors, in with the long lasting colors of black, white, grey, and blue, that can be added to over the course of their lifetime.

Check out a few of our favorite kitchen designs using this deep and intriguing amazing color of Indigo Blue!

 

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Using Metal Tile Edge Trim in Modern Bathrooms

October 6, 2014 |

A current client is looking to achieve a fresh modern look and when it came to the shower bullnose – we explored our options from the traditional tile bullnose. A bullnose is a tile that has one finished edge, typically with a gently rounded edge and used to create a transition between the tile and the wall.

 

Contemporary Bathroom Shower with Metal Edge Trim

Contemporary Bathroom Shower with Metal Edge Trim

In today’s contemporary baths, we often see the large scale 12″ x 24″ tiles that offer a more modern look. Just like our client, we wanted a clean edge, so we suggested using a metal trim to give the 12″ x 24″ tiles a beautiful, clean, and modern edge. You can use this edge trim where the tile meets the wall, where the two outside corners meet, or even between tiles that acts like grout and as a detail accent.

Recessed Shower Niche with Metal Edge Trim

Recessed Shower Niche with Metal Edge Trim

We used this simple and cost effective solution using a profile from Schluter in a recent project. There are many brands who offer a variety of edge-protection profiles in different shapes, finishes, and thicknesses – perfect for any project! Feel free to stop by our showroom today so we can show you the variety of options out there.

Renovating a 1920’s Normand-Style Kitchen

October 6, 2014 |
Original Floor Plan of a 1920's Normand Style Kitchen

Original Floor Plan of a 1920’s Normand Style Kitchen

An outdated kitchen in a gorgeous 1920’s Normand-style home was in desperate need for a total revamp to bring it into the 21st century. The hexagonal terra cotta floor was uneven and the ceiling light boxes made the short ceiling seem even more oppressive. Fresh white cabinets and streamlined design brought this once dark and crowded space into a modern arena great for entertaining.

A peek at the original plan drawn in 1920 shows the traditional servant quarters kitchen complete with a hearth for cooking, a pantry for dishes/cleaning, a cold cellar storage, and servant stairs. This original layout had been modified by the previous owners, but the structure still posed some issues for this renovation. The old stairs created problems when installing the recessed lights as the structure limited even positioning of the lights. 5” recessed cans were used instead of the standard 6” diameter when the lighting plan grew to include 4 extra lights. The once was cold cellar was framed with the one-and-a-half foot thick exteriors walls to help regulate temperature, which limited options for storage in this area. Keeping the existing walls as is, a shallow pantry was created with a sliding barn door painted in an accent color that acts as pantry storage in a new modern way.

Before and After Modern French Country Kitchen

Before and After Modern French Country Kitchen

With 4 entrances into this kitchen, the cabinetry lines became chopped up with distinct areas for cleaning, prepping, storage, and cooking. A large central island topped with a blended walnut butcher block, accommodates informal dining for 6, and provides plenty of room for prep work.

With the crisp white lines of Shaker style cabinetry, modern stainless steel fixtures and appliances, with a warm grey large scale tile underfoot and a light washed out grey on the walls, this kitchen sets its foot firmly into the modern day and age but lends a touch of its French Country Farm style into its architectural features and accessories.

Before and After of new 48" wide range

Before and After of new 48″ wide range