Remodeling a bathroom around existing layout, plumbing and windows requires surgical precision and laser focused design. The designer must carefully extract what’s broken, awkward or dated and insert elements that elevate function and feel without creating a patched together space.
Designer Cheryl Kees Clendenon did just that for owners of a getaway home in Perdido Key, Fl, a barrier island community at the tip of the panhandle near Pensacola.
Sea breezes and natural light flow through existing windows now highlighted by cool grey porcelain tiles.
More storage, better layout and the ability to age into the space were some of the clients' requests for this master bathroom project. The challenge for Clendenon was to achieve those goals while keeping focus on her overarching objective: Revitalize the space with a fresh and environment-appropriate palette, and inject a punch of character, while maintaining keen attention to existing elements.
It was a design directive that could only be achieved by the most detail oriented of professionals. (Maybe that’s why her firm is called In Detail Interiors).
Clendenon started her design with the vanity top selecting Vetrazzo’s Emerald Coast recycled glass countertop for that fresh and environment-appropriate palette (and the punch of character).
“My team brought the countertop sample to our initial meeting and once we showed it to the clients it was a done deal. We designed the whole bathroom around it.”
Made with bits of American marble from Georgia, pieces of South Carolina oyster shells and chunks of recycled glass from architectural windows.
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“I am inspired by the coastal community I live in obviously, but I also travel a lot, so I get inspiration everywhere. In this case I wanted to do the coastal color palette, but without a riot of color,” Clendenon said. “Clean lines, gorgeous tile, and a saturated hit of color did the trick.”
Clendenon worked to make the space safer by removing a step to the tub and adding a sitting ledge.
In Detail significantly expanded the shower footprint and visually opened the space with a glass enclosure.
Tiled walls that wrap the room in color and soft texture transition to a mosaic accent in the shower. Fixture by Hansgrohe. Tile by Porcelanosa.
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The sink cut outs reveal the contents of the Emerald Coast countertop, bits of American marble from Georgia, pieces of South Carolina oyster shells and chunks of recycled glass from architectural windows. Custom cabinetry by Paulk Woodworking was made with textured wood for a tactile experience.
"We have nothing but successful results with Vetrazzo," Clendenon said. "Our fabricator Solid Design is excellent!"
In Detail selected the combination of lighting to offer more original overall elevation and ample light for the client. Countertop material sourced from UMI, Florida's exclusive Vetrazzo distributor.
To visually connect the bathroom to an adjacent walk-in closet, Clendenon used the same Emerald Coast recycled glass to the top of cabinetry. The two spaces flow together nicely now, she said.
“With this bath remodel the goal was to set it apart as a coastal luxe design. The recycled glass countertop made sense with the hint of color and sparkle.”
Photos by Riegler Photo
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