Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Amount Spent: $19,000
The Blogcast Interview:
My wife Zaida and I are the proud owners of a 3-story brick apartment building that is currently undergoing renovation in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY!!
Our own apartment living space consists of the single 1000 sq. ft. Ground Floor apartment, and TWO 510 sq. ft apartments on the Second Floor. These spaces are going to be joined via a spiral staircase to form our "dream" DUPLEX!!
Our finished bathroom space measures a "cozy" 8 feet X 13 feet, with a 9 foot high ceiling.
The renovation featured in these photos cost approximately $19,000 in labor and materials, and took approximately 3 months to complete. After the original Bathroom space was completely demolished and disposed of, brand new plumbing, and water lines were installed, and a new cement floor was poured and perfectly leveled. The bulk of the construction work was done on weekends from February- May of 2005.
Appointed with as many touches of simple elegance as we could find, this
bathroom turned out better than we both had hoped. From the floor to
ceiling ceramic tiles, to the regal crown and baseboard molding, to the showpiece 50 inch vanity and granite countertop, our bathroom has inspired quite a few smiles!
Visitors to our home who find themselves in need of the use of our facilities are struck with something SPECIAL the moment they walk through that small white door. The soothing, citric aroma of fresh lemons and oranges hangs in the air, produced by a pair of aroma therapy candles sitting atop the vanity countertop. The romantic lighting that illuminates the space speaks of chic, urban sophistication. In a style cue borrowed from New York City art galleries that we have visited, recessed fixtures cast sharp cones of light upon a pair of matted and framed pieces that adorn the walls.
When one moves to wash their hands, they'll find the twin orbs of a Moen faucet fixture fixed atop a beautiful Kohler sink. Of course, when needed, any one of the Ralph Lauren towels neatly draped over the dual-towel rack can be used to dry wet hands.
Even the clear, acrylic, oval-shaped, waste basket (courtesy of Portico) attracts more stares of admiration than actual discarded pieces of trash.
The bathtub and sliding glass shower doors are gracefully obscured by gorgeous royal blue drapes hanging elegantly with chrome hooks, from a chrome rod. Available at Bed Bath and Beyond, these drapes feature a stunning satin edge trim that take your breath away.
While shopping one afternoon at Gracious Homes, my wife and I discovered a beautiful decorative glass corner-round shelf and instantly fell in love with it. We purchased it on the spot and were delighted by the elegance that it added to our bath space.
Special kudos go out to the kind folks over at Home Depot for helping us select our beautiful Bath Vanity, and to our friends at Marino Marble and Tile for fabricating our stunning granite Countertop.
In the end, our general bath is but a small extension of a larger beautifully designed and constructed apartment.