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Escape the Blues
Anderson-Moore Builders was enlisted to turn an outdated bathroom into a tranquil retreat. The client gave the designer and builder creative control over the project.
|A column-topped mini linen-closet echoes the styling of these shelves by the bathtub and divides the space, giving the illusion of a water closet. Metallic accents and natural stones used in the floor, shower space and countertop - granite, marble and travertine - lend the bathroom an earthy, ethereal air for relaxing.|
When Anderson-Moore Builders was enlisted to turn an outdated bathroom into a tranquil retreat, the company started from scratch, scrapping every aspect of the existing space save the mechanicals for the steam shower. Similarly, many of the project ideas came "from scratch" — things owner and president Tracy Moore and his employees had never done on any other project.
For example, placing the double set of vessel sinks and wall-mounted faucets required a creative solution. The homeowner was not very tall, and the sinks had to be at an accessible height, affecting fixture placement. The owner also did not want a backsplash, opting for a mirror running from countertop to ceiling behind the sinks. Yet both the faucets and the two lighting sconces had to be anchored against that wall.
"You've got the difficulty of the spout and handles, a set for each bowl, the sconces, and an existing wall that's not quite square," Moore says. "Those are a lot of limitations, in addition to simple human error, and there's really no margin for human error." His suggestion for others who find themselves running fixtures through a mirror: plan on purchasing two mirrors.
The custom-designed vanity cabinetry has removable panels that hide the pipes while still allowing access to them.
To determine where the fixtures and controls for the tub would go so they were both within comfortable reach, Erik Anderson and his crew soaked in their surroundings, lying in the tub on numerous occasions to get the precise placement. The $51,000 project took six months to complete.
"When you first walked into that blue bathroom, you kind of laughed," Anderson, owner and vice president, says. "But the customer was very trusting, and she put a lot of trust in us and the designer, and she believed in what we did, so much so that we did two more jobs for her after this."
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