Saturday, February 22, 2014

Bungalow Bathrooms

At Artisan Remodeling we do A LOT of bungalows, and we love them. This next project was a Bungalow purchased by a couple looking to breathe some new life into an old home with a great downtown location. As with many bungalows, there was no downstairs bathroom. Our task was to enlarge a downstairs closet to create a new half bathroom as well as remodel an existing bathroom to jive with the existing Arts and Crafts theme throughout the house.

Adding a bathroom is not always as easy as it was in this home. An unfinished basement and ample space made the transition relatively painless. This client had a great sense of style and she knew what she liked and didn’t like. This always makes the decisions much easier, as there are always many decisions to make!

Thanks for visiting! Mike

Monday, February 17, 2014

Bungalow Bathrooms

A safe work environment is key when working in older homes. Artisan Remodeling is properly licensed in all aspects of our profession, as are our subcontractors. One of those licenses is for the safe removal of lead paint. By creating a clean work environment, following the proper lead safe removal protocol, and the use of a HEPA filtered negative air machine, our clients know that their home and family stay safe and comfortable throughout their projects.

This Bungalow bathroom project shows our commitment to keep the job site clean and organized, even on small projects.

Thanks for visiting! Mike

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Victorian basement #3

The stone shower. These clients’ tough work schedules often mean that they are in and out of the house at different hours. As is the case with many old homes, the upstairs bathroom was shared by the family, leaving the basement bathroom as a sanctuary for whomever is getting ready for work.

As is with all of our work, our showers are waterproofed and crafted to last a lifetime. This particular shower is made of a high quality Indian slate with decorative accents, a bench seat, an LED light, and a high quality kohler fixture. Just because you have a tight space doesn’t mean you can’t make it

Thanks for visiting! Mike

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Victorian Basement #2

How do you make a utility bath a little less “utility” looking? We do it by doing our best to shield certain components in the bathroom from the sightline. In this particular project the client did not want to see the toilet from the adjacent room and wanted to keep the laundry hidden when not in use. The result was dividing walls and half walls for the toilet and sink, and the laundry sink, washer and dryer tucked away behind bi-fold doors. The center floor was pitched the the center drain for proper drainage if needed.

The side area where the chimney was is now a simple set of shelves and the exit for the laundry chute. A small narrow cabinet works as a welcome countertop and much needed storage. The overall composition allows for the door to the utility room to remain open the majority of the time, allowing the natural light from both rooms to mingle and making each space feel larger.

Thanks of visiting! Mike

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Victorian Basement

We are back at the Victorian basement to talk HVAC and designing around specific eye sores, like HVAC. This home, being 100 years old had very uneven heat throughout. The new homeowners wanted to have the project completed before they moved in and also had little ones to think of in terms of overall comfort.

The HVAC system in the back utility space was gutted and the ductwork reorganized. This allowed for more usable space for the new laundry and bathroom, as well as a storage/workspace (not shown). The system was zoned for each floor to be on its own thermostat, which in turn gives the homeowner more control over each space and evens out the home in terms of comfort. By removing the chimney - all 4 stories of it - we created new heat and A/C runs to the attic (for future projects) as well as a laundry chute.

You may be asking where is the ductwork? This brings me to the next task, hiding the existing ductwork that could not be moved completely. The basement ceiling was riddled with low hanging, sharp ductwork that did not allow the ceiling height to meet code. By rearranging the ductwork we were able to fit it into a smaller space without compromising on air flow. Sometimes there is only so much you can do, as is the case here. The bookcase was added as a functional compromise to the lowest hanging ductwork. The front is a functional bookcase, the back is a desk set up for a tv or computer. As always we also used every possible space available for storage.

The clients now enjoy a much more comfortable home throughout for them and their kids and plenty of space for relaxing, without the low hanging ducts!

Thanks for visiting!