Crane Builders, LLC
Nashville, Tenn. | cranebuilders.com
Designer: David Kidd | Location: Nashville, Tenn. | Square footage: 180 | Project cost: $127,529
Photos: Emily Green
The clients wanted to open up their home and extend the useable space by raising the ceilings in the family room. They also wished to add a library that would provide abundant natural light and access to their landscaped backyard and patio—they absolutely love books and needed plenty of shelves for their collection—and convert their standard fireplace into a new, two-sided fireplace.
Creating a two-sided fireplace that fit well became a challenge because each of the floors sits at different levels. The company strategically demolished the existing fireplace to below floor level and reconstructed the fireplace with a flush hearth on the family room side and a raised hearth on the library side, which allowed for a solid masonry center column to support all the roof loads.
Windows/doors: Quaker Brighton Series
Chandelier: Quoizel Eons Chandelier
Ben Quie & Sons, LLC
St. Paul, Minn. | benquieandsons.com
Designer: Amy Rynerson Markus | Location: St. Paul, Minn. | Square footage: 126 | Project cost: $166,800
Photos: Troy Thies Photography
The clients’ three-bedroom home was built in 1921. It had one bathroom upstairs, which had already been updated. Now, they were ready to add a private, master bath. They wanted to honor the home’s early 20th century character and architectural style. The addition had to be congruent and seamless, inside and out.
The design team planned to build the new bathroom above the sunroom and around the chimney (to preserve the fireplace in the bedroom.) They also included a separate tub and shower, a generous amount of storage, in-floor heating, and a washlet seat for the toilet and incorporated era-specific details. The room should feel “like the rest of the house.”
The chimney made the new bathroom layout challenging. A freestanding tub and separate shower were a must-have. The linen closet in the upstairs hall was too far away, so extra storage for linens was important. Despite the chimney, the layout was a success. It provides all the functionality the client wanted without feeling cramped. The shower is snugly tucked between the chimney and custom vanity. And there’s enough clearance between fixtures to move around safely and comfortably.
Bath accessories: Restoration Hardware
Bathtub: Victoria and Albert
Toilet/washlet: American Standard
Light fixtures: Restoration Hardware
Tile: Olympia; Datile
Exterior trim: TruExterior
Ourso Designs, LLC
Baton Rouge, La. | oursodesigns.com
Designer: Richard Ourso and Logan Wheeler Ramirez | Location: Baton Rouge, La. | Square footage: 381 | Project cost: $100,000
Photos: Collin Richie Photography
These clients found their “forever home,” but now that they are getting older, they needed some help transforming their space into one that is mindful of aging-in-place practices. Originally, the master suite was located upstairs, so the team decided to bring it downstairs, closer to their day-to-day activities. They were able to take the existing guest room, turn that into the master bedroom and add on the master bathroom and closets.
The design team added a beautiful curbless shower and a separate decked tub the clients really wanted, which are better features for aging in place. Based on an inspiration photo the client found, they decided to choose a decorative backsplash tile to serve as a focal point in the room. The countertops nicely correlated with the focal tile without taking away from it. They also used the marble countertop in the deck tub and shower seat, which tied the space together perfectly. Now, these clients have a timeless space that they will be able to enjoy for many years to come.
Countertops: Daher Triton Stone
Main bathroom flooring: Olimpia Caruso
Shower floor: Topcu, Calcutta
Vanity backsplash: Stone Impressions, Oasis Winter Blue on Limestone
Sink: American Standard
Tub fixtures: Delta