Remodelers Corner – Jan/Feb 2012

0001Karen and Joel Eikenhorst’s 1980’s master bathroom was outdated. “It was dark, the sink was low, we had a whirlpool we didn’t use and we wanted a more contemporary look to blend with the rest of the house,” said Karen Eikenhorst.

    It was an easy decision to contact Karen Blissenbach, ASID, owner of Design Studio B. Blissenbach was familiar with the Eikenhorst’s taste since she’d worked with them on remodeling projects in the past. “There are so many wonderful touches that come from working with a designer,” said Karen Eikenhorst.

    Blissenbach presented the Eikenhorsts with several options for their remodel. Once the decision was made, she did the space planning, cabinetry design, material and color selection and coordination. Karen Eikenhorst worked with a set of subcontractors Blissenbach recommended.

    The remodel replaced the dated oak vanity, small shower, gold fixtures and whirlpool. The result was a large soaking tub highlighted by mosaic glass tile in soothing, spa hues, an updated replacement toilet, a large, open shower, porcelain floor and wall tile, and a floating vanity with two lavatories.

    “To divide the shower from the vanity area, we used a product called 3form, a polycarbonate material, and incorporated a fossil leaf design,” said Karen Blissenbach. “We then repeated the design from that in the cabinetry.”

    One of Karen Eikenhorst’s favorite makeover “afters” is the open, walk-in shower with no curb or step featuring a linear drain. The drain was strategically placed along a grout line of tile so it’s somewhat concealed. “I also love the custom mirrors that match the glass tile accents around the tub, as well as the floating vanity.”

    Both Karens agree that before the remodel, the room didn’t have the feel of a master bath. “Now the look from the master bedroom flows into the bathroom and it looks complete,” said Karen Eikenhorst.

Penny Marshall is a Rochester freelance writer.