By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub
Designers are stretching creatively – and using new technologies – to make the bathroom the new star of the home. Check out these ideas and innovations for updating bath and powder rooms.
TROY DEAN IPPOLITO,
TROY DEAN INTERIORS
Contemporary style is replacing traditional in bathroom design. Troy Dean Ippolito, a master of contemporary, perfected the clean concept for an attorney’s Trump Towers condo in Sunny Isles Beach.
“The client is very particular,” he says. “He wanted the design to be very minimal, very modern. The color palette and materials used are very consistent.”
Ippolito used only a few materials in the entire apartment, including gray millwork, high-gloss white flooring and ceiling, a white quartz countertop, chrome details and clear or smoked gray mirrors.
The design may look simple, he adds, but getting it was not without its challenges. The 9-foot-long trough sink, for example, weighs about 800 pounds and took six men to lift. (It barely fit in the elevator). The sink installation took architectural savvy because it was cantilevered off a structural wall. The mirrored wall, which opens underneath the doors, opens for storage of everything, including electric toothbrushes and hair dryers.
Following another trend, the bathroom opens directly into the master bedroom without a separating door. Frosted glass provides privacy for the toilet area.
Susan Rocco’s client, a businessman who lives on the Middle River in Fort Lauderdale, wanted his bath and powder rooms to resemble the clean, contemporary style he’d seen in hotels throughout his world travels. He also wanted an Asian flair.
To get the look, Rocco used zebra-wood veneer on the cabinets and a vessel sink surrounded with wicker in the bathroom off the media room. Other details include a stone countertop, travertine floors and glass tiles she coordinated in neutral brown tones.
She picked up the theme again in the powder room, with zebra-wood veneer and a rectangular marble sink. The mottled tile on the wall is hung vertically and resembles stone. Instead of designing another door that would hit the toilet when opened, she left the space open to store towels.
The client was an active participant in the design, Rocco says, selecting the mirrors, vessel sink with wicker and the tile. “We like our customers to have a personal touch in their homes,” she says. “It is nice that they feel they had a say in selecting things for their home.”
SUSAN LACHANCE OF SUSAN LACHANCE INTERIOR DESIGN
Afootball player client asked Susan Lachance to design his and her bathrooms for his family’s new home on Hillsboro Mile.
“The color of the wood is different so he has a masculine look and she has a feminine look,” Lachance says.
In the wife’s bathroom, the white woodwork with circle motif wraps entirely around the bathroom including a skirt surrounding the Jacuzzi. The blue and white floor looks like it has an area rug because the perimeter is done in blue Damasko marble and the center is done in a circular mosaic marble. The translucent countertop is white crystal marble.The Aquabrass faucets are nickel with crystal. Her shower, highlighted with marble mosaic on the wall, features a rain shower and traditional showerhead.
His bathroom is done in dark wood with an “X” pattern on the cabinet, which has legs to make it look more like furniture. The crown molding matches the cabinet. The faucets are solid nickel from Rohl. The marble floor features a black border that matches the countertop. His shower has steam, a rain head and sprays.
Both bathrooms have frosted glass doors that let in light while maintaining privacy.
ALLIED KITCHEN & BATH
The first thing visitors notice in this luxurious Fort Lauderdale powder room is the dramatic 3-inch high Concetto stone countertop from Caesarstone.
The eye-catching countertop is a natural gemstone made into slab form in Israel, Bill Feinberg says. “It gets the glow because it is lit from underneath. Lighting up a countertop is very complicated because the technology of LED lighting is changing every day. The reason it is raised is to allow light between the top of the cabinet and the base. The open space is 1.5 inches. Otherwise, you would see the dots of the LEDs.”
Since the high countertop made the vanity too tall for comfort, Feinberg lowered the cabinet. The cabinet is highlighted with elegant Swarovski crystal-studded hardware from Edgar Berebi.
A vessel sink is a perfect choice for a powder room, he says, but not in a master bathroom where you would wash your face and brush your teeth. (This one has a matching bronze faucet).
“You cannot hurt the finish on the sink and it will last forever,” he says. “It’s just used to wash your hands and a little water may spill onto the countertop. But it splashes less than a typical vessel sink with a clean rim. This one is rounded.”
Feinberg completed the design with Venetian plaster walls that blend with the travertine floor. He also selected the chandelier and sconces to go with the mirror that the owner already had.
“This room is to show off,” he says. “It’s special.”
Bill Feinberg: Allied Kitchen & Bath, 616 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-564-1611, alliedkitchenandbath.com.
Troy Dean Ippolito: Troy Dean Interiors at Trend Design + Build, 23 NW Eighth Ave., Hallandale Beach, 954-458-6075, troydeaninteriors.com.
Susan Lachance: Susan Lachance Interior Design, 1001 Clint Moore Road, Suite 100, Boca Raton, 561-241-3800, susanlachance.com.
Susan Rocco: The Kitchenworks, 1808 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-764-1482, thekitchenworks.com.