Neil Kelly Company
Portland, Ore.

Byron Kellar
Project name: Japanese Inspired Spa Bath
Project location: Durham, Ore.
Square footage: 130
Project cost: $118,000


The wife grew up in Japan and had wanted a true Japanese bath for some time, and the husband enjoyed using his in-law’s bath during visits there over the years. Providing the same experience within the confines of a traditional western-style home, while also meeting current building and plumbing codes, became the primary challenge in bringing the two very different styles together.

A custom cedar tub affords him enough space to stretch out and gives her the ability to get in and out easily. A stand-up shower on an adjustable slide bar accommodates the big difference in their heights as well. Japanese baths have a space to sit on a bench and wash before getting into clean water in the soaking tub, so a bathing shelf and independent handheld shower were incorporated in the project.

Products installed

Bathtub: Zen Bathworks Kyoto Ofuro Japanese Soaking Tub – Red Cedar
Cabinets: Huggy Bear Cabinets, African Ribbon Mahogany
Countertops: Perla Venata Quartzite
Faucets/fittings: Hansgrohe Metris C; Brizo Vesi Roman Tub trim; Kohler Margaux shower
Flooring: United Tile, Century Kosmos
Sinks: Icera Muse
Tile: Pental Stone Box, Lumber Liquidators Elegant Wood, OTM, Ch. 7 Crossroads
Toilet: Toto Washlet Vespin II Connect S300e, 2-piece 1.28 gpf
Windows: Milgard Ultra
Floor heating: SunTouch
Medicine cabinet: Glass Crafters

Photos: KuDa Photography


HighCraft Builders
Fort Collins, Colo.

Project name:
Zen Master Bathroom
Project location: Fort Collins, Colo.
Square footage before: 200
Square footage after: 400
Project cost: $90,000


A Colorado couple traded the stress of big city life in Denver for quiet rural living in Northern Colorado. They purchased a spacious, yet dated, 4,900-square-foot home north of Fort Collins in Larimer County. Inspired by zen philosophy’s commitment to meditation, contemplation and balance, the couple embarked on a whole-house remodel to remake their home into a calm oasis.

One room that best exemplifies a true Zen-like sanctuary is their 400-square-foot master bathroom suite. The sliding shoji screen doors, his and her hidden water closets, exquisite floating mirror, chromatherapy and aromatherapy steam shower, and deep soaker tub demonstrate careful attention to Shibui design. Meticulous sourcing of authentic materials and mindful craftsmanship during its build make it a true zen master bathroom.

Products installed

Tile: Ottimo Ceramics; Happy Floors
Lighting: Restoration Hardware; Hubbardton Forge
Doors: Pella
Windows: Pella
Locksets/hardware: Emtek
Paint/stain: Sherwin-Williams
Cabinetry: Schroll Cabinets
Countertop: Caesarstone
Tub: Diamond Spas
Toilet: Kohler
Shower: Steamist
Shower faucet: Kallista
Sink: Greyrock Concrete
Sink faucet: Kallista

Photos: CassiHise Photography


LaMantia Design & Remodeling
Hinsdale, Ill.

Project name:
Long Beauty
Project location: Clarendon Hills, Ill.
Square footage: 120
Project cost: $85,000


The 6-foot by 20-foot bathroom may have been created in an unorthodox form, but then came its reinvention. By creating a wet zone where both the tub and shower live in harmony, the bathroom was reborn into a marble beauty.

With the creation of the tub and shower wet zone, there were major revisions required to the existing floor system. The window change required a search for matching exterior brick. And the new and enlarged shower placement created the need to revamp the bathroom entry into the barn door approach.

Products installed

Tub: Victoria & Albert, Amiata
Tub faucet: Delta, Cassidy
Shower faucet: Hansgrohe Ecostat, Universal and Raindance
Sink: Kohler Serif
Sink faucet: Rohl Perrin & Rowe
Toilet: American Standard Champion
Cabinets: Decor, Cloud White
Countertop: White Carrara
Cabinet hardware: Kohler Artifacts
Tile: The Tile Shop, Carrara
Tile accent: Terra Bella, Mugwort Gray

Photos: Jody Kmetz

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