Archive for the 'Baths' Category

A room with a view

After living in her 1950s Woodland Hills ranch home for 14 years, Cathy Nordlund set out to do something she had never attempted before –completely gut and redo one room to her heart’s desire. But because of her pragmatic disposition  — after all, she was trained as an engineer — Cathy was mindful not to [...]

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Shower takers win round one, but there could be a price to pay . . .

When I posted my bath vs. shower poll a couple of weeks ago, I assumed it would be a 50-50 split and I would prove my point: that we bathers are a powerful voting block. I was wrong. We got whooped. The totals so far on this question: Which is more important, a great shower [...]

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Designer to pedestal sink: Goodbye and good riddance!

In response to our lively discussion about the pros and cons of pedestal sinks (I’ve pretty much decided against it for my bathroom, thank you all), L.A. designer Enid Harris sent in before-and-after photos of her own recently remodeled guest bathroom. Here’s the story, in Enid’s own words: I recently remodeled my Westwood townhouse and [...]

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Ask a Realtor: How important is master suite in upscale area?

Question: I am buying an older home with four smallish bedrooms. (actually two are very small and two are OK). I can either keep all four bedrooms or use one to expand the current master bath (which is a 3/4 bath). To add a tub to the master suite, I need to sacrifice the smallest [...]

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Weekly poll: Shower or bath most important?

When a reader suggested recently that nobody takes baths anymore, I had a serious reaction to that. My morning bath is almost like a religion. I get to read and soak and brush my teeth and moisturize and all kinds of neat activities that help me “peace out.” I can’t stand showers. How can you [...]

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It’s not just a shower, it’s an experience

You know what’s needed during a stressful remodel? A shower experience! This new offering from Kohler is so over-the-top decadent that, well, it demands to be tried out. The Kohler DTV custom showering experience combines water flow and temperature, chromatherapy (colored lights), sound, and steam mist with aromatherapy to create individual showering experiences. Let’s say [...]

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Green alternatives for countertops

Astute eco-reader David sends in this helpful missive: “We just found a great posting on green alternatives for countertops. The list includes Richlite (used in a new green house in Claremont, pictured at left) and others. It also talks about why other materials are not so eco-friendly.” The list is at Get With Green, which [...]

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Pedestal sinks: Faddish, fabulous or folly?

I’m considering a pedestal sink for my 40-square-foot bathroom and I wonder if it’s a mistake. It’s exactly what I want for the space, and it’s consistent with the vintage look of the house. But I’ve been warned by a designer I respect that I will regret installing that sink and that I will eventually [...]

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Is this a good-looking tiled shower, or what?

This is the master bath shower in a house that was rebuilt after the tragic Cedar Fire of 2003, which Wikipedia says was the second-largest wildfire in California’s recorded history. But from the ashes of the San Diego County fire came this opportunity to rebuild, and thus this shower. The flooring is slate, and the [...]

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If you had an extra 10 grand, this would be the tub to get

I saw this deep bubbling baby at the International Builders Show in Orlando and all I can say is: Oh my. I want it. It’s called the “Sok” overflowing bath for two by Kohler, and it has effervescence (bubbles) and chromatherapy (colored lights). It’s deep enough to submerge your shoulders, and if it overflows, well [...]

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No window in your bathroom? Quick, call an artist

When Cathy Nordlund decided to remodel one room in her Woodland Hills home to heart’s desire — the powder room — she began by looking through “millions” of decorating magazines. Eventually, she decided on a Victorian theme. But during her contemplation of fabulous Victorian bathrooms, it finally dawned on Cathy that they all shared a [...]

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Rate This Remodel: Wide open spaces (in the bathroom)

The cool thing about this story is that one of the homeowners who remodeled this bathroom, Deb, grew up in this house. But after her family sold the house, it declined over the years. Deb avoided driving past her childhood home, even though she lived nearby, because it was so depressing. Then, two events happened [...]

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Knob snob?

I drive all over Southern California looking at remodels — from Los Angeles to San Juan Capistrano to Lake Arrowhead to Santa Barbara and all points in between. And here’s a curious thing I’ve noticed. Half the time when I see really great cabinet knobs, the homeowners got them from the same source: MyKnobs.com. So [...]

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Kitchen and bath trends: What are homeowners choosing?

What determines trends? Is it what the manufacturers are selling? Or what the designers are designing? Professional Remodeler magazine asked a different question: What are the homeowners choosing? A recent article, Kitchen and Bath Trends, is based on a survey of remodeling contractors across the country, who revealed these trends: — Oak cabinets are out, [...]

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His and hers bathrooms

Are women and men really so different? The marketers for Manhattan West, a new condo development in Las Vegas, seem to think so. As was reported on the Inman News blog, Manhattan West is offering his and hers units. The Diva series includes a jetted bathtub with temperature hold, which maintains the water temperature for [...]

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Dear Contractor: Any tips for building a ‘wet room’ in So Cal?

Reader Kara Noble from Manhattan Beach wants to turn part of a large walk-in closet into a “wet room,” which is where you have a shower, sink and toilet all in one waterproof space with a floor drain. This is similar to what you’d find on a boat or in a motorhome. Kara is from [...]

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