in this episode, i discuss the factors involved in a master bath remodel including establishing budgetary numbers for individual trades and line items.
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i’ve done some revisions to our banyan master bath and i’m thinking it is really looking architectural. the client and i were concerned about the tall storage cabinet being too big so i decided to cut the cabinet and let the counter continue underneath. you’ll notice in option 1, the base cabinet touches the floor, and in option 2 it floats completely making much more a a horizontal statement. i also cut the wall next to the cabinet back as well.
i have a couple ideas on things to tweak further but i want to know what you think. tell me which one you like and why?
here are two options for the banyan master bath project that we are currently considering. these are “rough” 3d computer renderings and they are hot off the press. the difference between the two is the tall piece of cabinetry located to the left of the sink. in option #1 it is floating, and option #2 it goes to the floor.
i’d like to hear from you, which one do you like and why? click the “comments” button above to cast your vote!
here are a couple of “rough” computer renderings of our banyan project.
in the living room, notice the new open stair and how it helps the space feel more open. also notice the new entry way and frosted glass that will allow more light into to the room but maintain the privacy.
in the master bath, below, notice the large sink, selected by the owner and double faucets. also notice the large shower and skylight. this room will be great!
this month’s COOL product is actually one company, two products. the company is caroma and the products are their waterless urinal and dual flush toilet. caroma is an australian company that has been dealing with drought issues for years and they are genuinely committed to the environment and helping the world conserve resources, namely water. you can click to read their eco-statement. you can also review several tutorial videos on their website as well.
i recently installed both the waterless urinal and the dual flush toilets in the westbourne project. the waterless urinal is coroma’s h2 zero model and it really is a waterless urinal. it has a “bio-seal”, a one way air-tight valve to seal the cartridge from the drainage system. it also includes a special tool that allows for hands free periodic replacement of the bio-seal. the manufacturer suggests replacement every 9-12 months. this is a great product and it will save the homeowners 4800 gallons of water a year.
the dual flush toilet is coroma’s caravelle and gives you the option of 2 types of flushes. flush #1 uses .8 gallons and flush #2 will use 1.6, a normal amount for a low flush toilet. from my understanding, a homeowner would be using flush #1 a majority of the time, so there would be substantial water savings there as well. when i combine the waterless urinal and dual dlush toilets installed in the westbourne project, the homeowners would be saving more than 7000 gallons of water per year. now, that may not seem like a lot, but water is a precious resource and every little bit helps. i’d say saving 7000 gallons a water a year without really doing anything different, is a good thing.
i’m going to be on the level with you here. you wouldn’t necessarily install these products to save money. because water is so cheap (that’s another topic) the return on investment is many years. the caravelle sells for about $750 per toilet versus $100 for a home depot toilet and $500-$600 for a nicer one piece low flow toilet. the waterless urinal will cost about $750 and the bio seal kit will cost about $115 once every twelve months. BUT, these are not products you purchase and install to save money. you buy them to save a very precious, finite resource…fresh water. a little bit can go along way. if a family of 4 can save 15,000 gallons of water per year, imagine what that would mean if a these were installed in every home in your neighborhood. assuming 100 houses, that would be 1.5 million gallons of water saved per year. 1000 homes could save 15 million gallons of water. now that, is pretty COOL.
this month’s cool product is ….drumroll please……. yolo colorhouse. what the heck is yolo colorhouse, you ask? well, in a nutshell, it’s environmentally friendly paint with no VOCs (the little volatile organic compounds that keep me up at night trying to figure out where to cut them out next). thankfully, yolo has discovered a way to eliminate them from their paint line. it seems that the big guys like benjamin moore, sherwin williams, and dunn edwards are following suit or are in the process of following suit as some of the bug guys’ paints are still labeled low VOC but i’m sure in the near term the major manufacturers will have no VOC paint offerings.
why do i like yolo? i first met one of the owners, virgina young, at the west coast green expo in san francisco about a year and a half ago (don’t bother calling ms. virginia and saying david doucette recommended your product because that was a well attended expo and i didn’t do anything stupid to leave a lasting impression). i liked what she had to say and really like the company’s philosophy. at the time, no one had no VOC paint, they were on the cutting edge and created yolo for that sole purpose. they also have a great and informative website that describes who they are and what they do and as well as lots of info on their product offerings.
i’ve been waiting for the right project to use the product on and finally found it in our westbourne project which just received the first coat of paint on the walls. it’s looking beautiful and i really like yolo’s color pallette. no, they don’t have a bazillion colors like the big guys, but they also don’t need it. their color palette is diverse and finding a color to suit your needs shouldn’t be a problem.
depending on where you live, finding yolo paint may be a challenge, but don’t let that stop you (we all need a good challenge now and then). if you’re in the los angeles area, you can find them at livingreen in culver city or at cox paint center also in culver city. they also have a retail locator on their website and you can order online (see, that challenge wasn’t so bad).
i’m glad to have been able to finally use their product and very pleased with the results. as i move my business forward i’m looking to align myself with companies that are concerned with the environment and have an environmental message. i’m tickled yolo with yolo and hope you’ll check them out for your next project.
the master bathroom is one of the most important rooms in a home. it can be a place where you wake up and greet the morning or a place to relax after a long day. the westbourne master bathroom satisfies both of these requirements with style.
when you walk into the master bathroom, you’re immediately greeted by an almost six foot wide by nearly eight foot tall built in cabinetry unit that can hold robes, towels, linens, as well as a counter for a coffee maker or espresso machine and a small refrigerator to hold milk and water.
if you move to your right, you’ll see a private toilet room complete with a dual-flush toilet by caroma and waterless urinal by falcon
if you move to the left you will enter the main space of the master bathroom. you’ll find a long vanity with dual undermount sinks. the vanity “floats” above the floor for easy cleaning and is made from FSC, forest stewardship council, teak veneer, and formaldehyde free cabinets. the countertop will be caeserstone.
the shower consists of a steam shower unit which will allow for some nice relaxing time after that long day (or a great way to start the morning for you early morning types). the shower and tub are designed to be one unit by using a caeserstone tub deck that will also become the shower bench.