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Bathroom Remodels: Two 1980′s bathrooms


Seattle and Kirkland Bathroom Redmoels

While many of our projects are larger jobs like new single family homes, or second story additions, once in awhile we’ll take on smaller jobs like these two bathroom remodels.  We started the design process by identifying problems that needed to be solved and understanding our client’s goals. Both of these clients needed more storage space but also wanted to increase the functionality of the space while creating a modern and warm atmosphere.

To gain more storage space we designed the vanity in one of these bathrooms to continue into a blind corner so larger items (like that 24 pack of toilet paper from Costco) can fit under the sink. In the other bathroom, additional storage space for smaller items was needed close at hand. We took advantage of the large wall space above the vanity and broke that down into separate wall mounted medicine cabinets flanking two mirrors. In the vanity below, drawer space was maximized by making the cabinet under the sink as narrow as possible.

Often the first thing that is noticed when entering a bathroom is the tile work. In both bathrooms we choose to accent one shower wall with a particularly special tile. Other tiles were chosen for the vanity back splash, the bathroom floor, the shower floor, and the shower and/or tub surround. TIP! When choosing bathroom tile, there is a fine line between creating a sophisticated appearance and creating something that looks more like a tile showroom. If too many different tiles are chosen that do not coordinate with each other it can quickly start to look like a tile showroom. Try to limit the number of different tiles to about five in a bathroom, and some of these should be similar to each other (like the shower floor could be a smaller version of another adjacent tile).

To see more images and read more about these projects and twenty four other projects visit our project gallery.


Reducing Sound Transmission through Floors


The two best things to reduce sound transmission are to add mass to the floor assembly (be sure floor can hold additional weight though), and uncouple the drywall ceiling on the floor below from the floor joists. This is done with resilient channels attached to the underside of the floor joists, then the drywall attaches to a rubber membrane in the channel. Adding a layer of homasote under flooring may help add some mass and absorb sound.

floor assembly illustration

This may also sound obvious, but recessed can lights allow a lot of sound to be transmitted from floor to floor. So you may want to consider other lighting options if you want to reduce sound transmission.

A layer of UNFACED fiberglass insulation in the joist space will also help absorb sound.

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