Secrets to Luxurious Bathrooms

Home improvement television shows often feature bathrooms that are the stuff of dreams. Luxury bathrooms every one of them. Whether they are master bathrooms, guest baths or powder rooms a little bit of luxury is worth the investment.

Waypoint's style 650F in Cherry Java

Photo compliments of Westminster Design Center

Luxury Finishes are the obvious part of a luxury bathroom. From high end countertops to upscale plumbing fixtures and fittings and beautiful cabinetry, it all makes a difference. A difference that will take a bathroom from ho-hum to one that is truly spectacular like the one above by Westminster Design Center of Westminster MD.

Heated floors are available in both electronic and hydronic systems. Besides the delicious feeling of a warm floor underfoot, they are quiet and don’t generate dust like a forced air system and so they are great for people with allergies.

Oversized Showers are what most desire these days.  They can be made luxurious by the addition of elegant tile work, frameless shower enclosures, a seat and lots of niches to hold shower toiletries as well as good lighting. And what about adding steam to make the space multi-purpose?

Photo compliments of Premier Floors, Inc.

Soaking Tubs have risen in popularity and while day-to-day we jump in the shower nothing beats a nice hot soak in a deep tub. The trend today is free-standing tubs like the one shown above in a project designed by Premier Floors of Sterling VA. They are elegant, create a focal point and are just plain beautiful.

Abundance of Storage in the form of beautiful cabinetry looks like built-in furniture but add a a sense of calm too because it allows easy organization. Glazing, crown molding and a detailed door style add to the sense of luxury in the room below created by Zelmar Kitchen Design & More of Orlando FL.

Waypoint's style 720R in Maple Hazelnut Glaze

Photo compliments of Zelmar Kitchen Designs and More

The final touches are thick towels, upscale lighting proper ventilation and enough counter space to make the space work easily. Perhaps the ultimate luxury would be adding a sound system to the room. There’s nothing like taking a bath to beautiful music.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces

10 Interesting Things about this Problem Solving Kitchen Design

The owner of this New York City property wanted a change from the undersized, dark room that she called ‘the cave’. High on the list was a space that would allow her to cook, entertain in style and… with ease. Working around structural columns and chases Lifestyle Space Design opened up walls allowing for natural light flow into the kitchen.  Then they added the counter space, amenities and interior cabinet features that made the kitchen really work. Let’s see just how well things worked out.

Waypoint's style 410 in Maple Mocha Glaze

Photo compliments of Lifestyle Space Design of New York City

  1. A pull out base spice storage is just one of the handy interior organizational accessories in this style 410 kitchen.
  2. The refinished wood floors blend beautifully with the Maple Mocha Glaze finish of the cabinetry.
  3. A slim pantry with roll out shelves adds convenience and gives the refrigerator a built-in look.
  4. A clever message center was built onto the side of the pantry giving a wonderful place to post schedules, notes and menus.
Waypoint's style 410 in Maple Mocha Glaze

Photo compliments of Lifestyle Space Design of New York City

5. Opening the wall behind the sink allows for conversation to flow freely between cook and guests.

6. The wall behind sink is raised just enough to hide the clutter and the ledge adds landing space.

7. Glass door, two sided peninsula wall cabinets are great for glass storage yet let the light pass through to the kitchen.

8, The countertop extends into the revamped space. It’s great for setting up buffets and with an overhang on two sides… it’s also perfect for stools making the space truly multi-purposed.

9. A convenient outlet is well placed at the end of the peninsula which makes this a great space for food prep.

10. Extra cabinet storage below the countertop is a welcome addition. It’s the perfect place to store serving pieces for all those wonderful parties the homeowner likes to give.

It looks another successful project for the people at Lifestyle Space Design!

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces

2013/2014 NKBA Student Design Contest Offers Challenges and a Chance to Do Good

Waypoint Living Spaces again sponsored the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) Student Design Contest.  The competition is near and dear to the heart of Waypoint as it challenges the future leaders of our industry with real-life projects. The contest is open to NKBA student members; the prizes include scholarship money and a trip to the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show which was held last month in Las Vegas. A winning spot in the contest is also a great addition to their resumes!

Student Design winners 2013/2014 NKBA contest

Winners: Front L-R: Wade Everhart of Indian State University (Honorable Mention-bathroom) Shannon Miller of Portland Community College (Honorable Mention-kitchen), Katherine Lensmire of Seminole State College of FL ( 1st- bathroom), Lindsey Merrill of Sullivan College of Technical and Design (3rd-bathroom) and Jason Waas of San Diego Mesa College (2nd-bathroom), Winners: Rear L-R: Amy Ash of Arapahoe Community College (Honorable Mention-kitchen), Jan Satterfield of Arapahoe Community College (3rd place-kitchen), Susana Alzamora of Joliet Junior College (2nd place-kitchen) and Victoria Frentzel of Joliet Junior College (1st place- kitchen)

The design assignment this year was to create a kitchen and bathroom for Enchanted Makeovers which has been transforming homeless shelters for women and children since 2007. The end result is a secure, warm and comfortable home that allows the families to thrive while rebuilding their lives. What a wonderful opportunity for this year’s entrants.

If you’d like to see the projects done by this outstanding group of students, click here.

Judges for the competition were industry leaders including David Newton, CMKBD, Peter J. Albanese, CKD, CBD, Claudia McCabe-Cort, CKD, CBD, and Shelley Rubino, CKD, CBD.

The winners, their guests, college representatives, contest judges as well as NKBA staff and Executive Council were treated to a celebratory evening at the Mandalay Bay during the show. Congratulations to each one!

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces

Laundry Room Gets a Fresh Update for New Life Phase

Waypoint's style 720 in Maple Hazelnut Glaze

Photo compliments of A Kitchen by Design LLC

When retirement came rolling along for the owners of this Louisiana home, they decided to update several rooms at one time. The utility room was high on their list. So many people enter the home there and they wanted a fresh, clean and bright room to welcome them and their guests.So it was A Kitchen by Design LLC of Lafayette LA to the rescue.

Gone is the soffit and dated wallpaper border. The soffit didn’t quite seem to fit the space anyway. In its place are taller cabinets in Maple Hazelnut Glaze that provide more storage. The cabinets now extend over the freezer which gives a built-in look. New flooring and a fresh coat of paint give the room a whole new feel.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces

Open Floor Plans Still Preferred by Homeowners

Almost everyone seems to like the concept of open plan homes. Closed plans…those that primarily separate the kitchen from the rest of the public spaces still have their own fans. Closed kitchens are great for those who are not naturally tidy cooks, prepare highly aromatic foods or just like to be left alone while cooking.

The rest of us like to be integrated into the home while preparing meals like the magnificent project below by The RockAway Company. They opened up the wall to the adjacent room as a major part of the remodeling of this home.

Waypoint's style 510S in Maple Auburn Glaze

Photo compliments of The Rockaway Company Haltom City,TX

What started this trend? About 15 to 20 years ago there was a lifestyle movement called cacooning. People found staying home was preferable to going out to eat and to the movies. Home theaters took root and while they have morphed to large flat screen televisions all over the house; the idea remains popular today. Cacooning meant staying close together as a family unit.

The other major factor in the popularity of open plan living is the increase in the number of homes where both adults work full time. That makes family time especially precious. With open plans parents can supervise homework, throw in a load of laundry while preparing the evening meal.

Waypoint's style 610D in Maple Auburn Glaze

Photo compliments of UNI Design Greeley,CO

Talk about open floor plans, this kitchen above by UNI Design is open left, right, up and down. What fun it would be to attend a party here!

Open plan homes have several good things going for them. They are great for people who like to entertain no matter the size of the family. Fewer walls make it easier for people to circulate. They also allow the flow of light from one room to the other making spaces brighter. And everyone loves more light….like the light-filled kitchen below by WS Solutions of Toledo Ohio.

Waypoint's style 650S in Maple Linen

Photo compliments of WS Solutions Toledo, OH

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces

10 Interesting Things about This New Master Bath

This master suite by City Cabinet Center of San Diego CA was part of a new addition. The homeowners wanted a touch of the Craftsman look and chose style 420S cabinets in Maple Auburn Glaze. Let’s take a more in-depth look at this great new space.

Waypoint's style 420S in Maple Auburn Glaze

Photo compliments of City Cabinet Center

1. Separated vanities are so practical in a shared bathroom. Here, the room is large enough that the users won’t even be bumping backsides when getting ready at the same time.

2. The faucet and controls to the tub are placed at the end of the tub. Nothing is worse that installing them right dead center at the entry of the tub where you have to be a gymnast to get in without injuring yourself.

3. The lowered sit-down make up area is making a comeback. This one is wide enough to hold all kinds of grooming needs.

4. Differing vanity heights make the back splash a bit tricky but this is the perfect solution: strike a line with tile and make in continuous. Easy to clean and gives continuity of line.

5. Side lights are the best kind of light for bathroom mirrors. Light coming from both sides fills in the contours of the face and makes shaving and applying makeup easier.

6. Banks of drawers on either side of the sink base give a total of six spaces to organize bath necessities.

7. Shallow vessel-style basins have crisp square lines that contrast with the rounded lights and mirrors.

8. A cheek wall gives a bit privacy at the entry to the bathroom.

9. Light neutral colors make the room feel bright and contemporary.

10. Tile flooring is classic, elegant and easy to clean.

To see another view of this great bathroom, check out City Cabinet Center’s website gallery by clicking here.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces