Reader's Bathrooms: Katy's Complete Lowdown

Reader's Bathrooms: Katy's Complete Lowdown

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Maxwell Ryan
Mar 12, 2007

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Welcome to Katy!

We just finished our bathroom renovation...and it happily coincides with bathroom month at AT! I wrote up a lotta stuff down there, complete with a lotta pictures...enjoy the long read :)...

The directory of images

*BEWARE the "Bathroom Before" Image...it's HIDEOUS!*

This is our new bathroom! My brother and I own an apartment passed down from our mother. He does high-end renovation, but had never tackled our own apartment in Brooklyn. Over the last few years, we did the kitchen, living room, and dining room (which can be seen here: //www.petermaslow.com/Apt6G.html). We still have the bedrooms to do, but now, FINALLY, the bathroom is DONE! And we love it! The crisp white of Daltile Subway Tiles and the many gray tones of the 1x1 floor tiles create the perfect backdrop for a collection of polished chrome fixtures and accessories. (Sadly, we searched high and low for gray hexagonal 2x floor tiles, but it seems no one in the Tri-State area likes gray anymore...unless it's MARBLE...nuh-uh!)

The "Before" bathroom is ancient 1960s mildewed moldy narsty crap and original to the building (which isn't so old, but sure is fugly!). We gutted to the studs, sistered the joists and studs for strength, insulated the hell out of it, installed an exhaust fan to prevent mold over the years, and sealed up any holes we could to avoid bug infestation (we did this in the kitchen, too...and can proudly say we're the only apartment in the building that has NO ROACHES! Two years runnin'! God bless spray foam!)

The renovation was done in a 3-week whirlwind before my brother left to paint in the Czech Republic for 6 weeks on a grant. The poor guy even had the flu while renovating! Thankfully, all got done and looks super sharp! Showering no longer involves keeping all limbs from touching the mildewed walls. Now, it is luxurious and bright!

The American Standard "Ravenna" pedestal sink was a true find...it's one of the only sinks under $500 that has AMPLE counter space, and a very cool attached towel bar. The Ginger & Co. shower baskets are super strong (I was worried at first) and are proving to be perfect for holding all my girly crap.

We stuck with simple colors in the bathroom because we know simple = long-lasting. Anything that gets a bit too "designy" will eventually be tired of. The simplicity of white, gray, and chrome means accent colors can be added at any time for changing moods. Everything is easy to clean and polishes to a super shine.

Sources:

Our fixtures and accessories were purchased at Simon's Hardware in the city. The Ginger products were purchased through Home & Stone in Brooklyn, which has great prices! The sink, tub, medicine cabinet, and toilet were purchased through a plumbing supply company (and through a friend) for a great price (hardly any mark-up!) Overall, the project came together and now it's just a matter of enjoying the final product!

Products:

Cifial "Techno" Single-Lav Faucet
Jado "Glance" Pressure Balance Valve
Jado "Borma" Tub Spout
Jado "Borma" Shower Head
Valsan "Porto" Double Towel Bar & Toilet Paper Holder
Ginger & Co "Hotelier" Shower Baskets
Robern Medicine Cabinet w/ Light
American Standard "Ravenna" Pedestal Sink w/ Chrome Towel Bar
Gerber Toilet, Kohler Tub, lots of chrome plumbing...


Recommendations:

Tile Expert: Warren William, www.dazzeltile.com (his site will be up this week with GREAT portfolio photos!) did a super job. He has worked with my brother for years now. He is a fine tile installation expert and specializes in glass tile mosaics. And, he's a swell guy!

Renovation: Peter Maslow, www.petermaslow.com, my brother! He does great work, and has a serious eye for detail. Check out his renvations portfolio. Apt 6G is ours! He designed and built the dining room table and media credenza, not to mention all the built-ins! What a fella!


Thanks!
Katy

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