Category Archives: Bathrooms

CREATING A MASTER BATH RETREAT IN ARIZONA CUSTOM HOMES

Planning and Creating A Master Bath Retreat

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A master bath retreat is a dream come true for many homeowners.  More and more homeowners are recreating the luxurious atmosphere of a spa in their own home.  As custom home builders, at Woodridge Custom Builders LLC  large  bathtubs and Jacuzzi-type jets, large master showers with multiple sprays, large closets off the master bath area, full length three-way dressing mirrors, morning coffee bars, and sitting areas in the master bath area are just a few features incorporated into a master bath retreat.  When building a custom home, our customers benefit from advance planning.  Designing the master bath takes time, thought, and a lot of different ideas that eventually culminate into one terrific master retreat.

At Woodridge Custom Builders LLC, our customers begin in many different ways when planning their master bath area.  Continue reading

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CUSTOM HOMES AND THE OVERSIZED SHOWER!

Multiple Sprays, Larger Spaces, and Frameless Shower Doors

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As Arizona custom home builders, at Woodridge Custom Builders, LLC our luxury home buyers are very attentive when designing and accessorizing shower systems.  Shower areas have become larger and taken a more prominent space in the master bath of our custom homes.  Out, is the narrow shower stall where elbows may hit the wall while showering.  Long gone are the flimsy, opaque, metal-framed bypass doors of a shower/tub combination.  New, are larger shower spaces, frameless shower doors made of heavy glass, multiple sprays, snail showers, shower sitting areas, coated glass, and a wider variety of finishes for the fixtures. 

Luxurious showers now seem to be the new status symbol.  Larger than ever, some are large enough that shower doors are not required.  Others are built in a spiral shape eliminating the need for shower doors, (snail shower).  Eliminating the need for shower doors also eliminates the need to clean all of that glass.  In a new or model home, clear glass showers seem so inviting, but once the homeowner moves in and actually begins using the shower, those once lovely glass walls and doors quickly get covered with soap scum and water marks.  Now there is a coating available for glass shower doors and glass walls.  This coating helps prevent permanent spots, stains and soap scum.  Several brands now offer shower doors protected by this coating. Continue reading

CUSTOM HOMES AND POWDER ROOM TRENDS

The New Powder Room Vanity… Forget the Pedestal Sink!

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Tired of the pedestal sink often found in standard powder rooms?  Why not consider the wide variety of alternative sink options?  These include antique pieces of furniture transformed into vanities.  There are also many reproduction pieces including a vanity sink.  Glass or stone bowls that can sit atop a vanity have recently become popular.  At Woodridge Custom Builders LLC, some of our custom homebuyers have scoured antique shops looking for just the right piece to transform into a vanity.  Others have designed the powder room vanity around a specific glass bowl.  With a bit of imagination a powder room can reflect a custom homebuyer’s personality and chic. 

 Many of these newer style sinks are not expensive yet add a high-end flare to any powder room.  The stand-alone furniture vanity shown in photo 1, fit perfectly in the niche designed for the sink.  The color and details of the vanity’s base went well in this Spanish Colonial home.  The vanity included a small brass sink and surface-mounted fixtures.  The mirror, lighting and accessories enhanced the vanity and created the complete old-world look.

In photo 2, these custom homebuyers found a glass bowl they treasured.  Finding the stand-alone piece became part of the fun creating the powder room.  The vanity is actually a piece of furniture modified to hold the sink.  Modified to hold and hide the plumbing fixtures underneath the sink, in some cases, the top drawer becomes unusable, though the bottom drawers remain functional.  The additional storage space these stand-alone furniture pieces offer is one of the reasons why customers appreciate these pieces so much, a pedestal sink, on the other hand, offers no additional storage.  As both of these photos show, the furniture pieces are larger than a pedestal sink, but offer counter space and under-counter storage, storage always at a premium. The fixtures in this home were installed on the wall to extend over the sink as opposed to the first photo where the fixtures were also installed on the furniture’s deck.  These are typical options the custom home buyer makes when creating the desired look.

Other trendy vanities include a sink placed on custom-made counter surfaces with wall-mounted fixtures.  In this Tuscan style home shown in photo 3, the homeowners had this vanity custom made to hold the glass bowl they had found.  The material is strong yet opaque enough to reveal the under-counter lighting.  The wrought-iron support system complements the Tuscan style of the home and the wall-mounted fixtures extend over the beautiful glass bowl.

There are so many new styles for stone and glass bowls that opportunities for creating the perfect powder room are endless.  Cheryl Koteita at Westar Kitchen and Bath, assists our customers at Woodridge Custom Builders LLC’s, to select the perfect bowl and fixtures.  Westar carries a wide variety of manufacturers, yet Cheryl Koteita’s expertise helps our customers simplify this, sometimes overwhelming, process ( ). www.westar-sw.com

 For a short video on powder room trends click here…  Powder Room Trends YouTube VideoTo enlarge the photos below, click on each photo and use the ‘back’ key to return.