Posts Tagged ‘bathroom’

This one, built by Canivet Construction, was for a pair of architects. The design was driven more in the modern direction by their sensibilities.

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The clients desired a refreshed kitchen and another bathroom. They ended up updating much of the house including a new ducted mini split heating system, new patio and porch, insulation and air sealing throughout, interior and exterior paint, and a lot more storage.

I’ll first give you a few before shots of this little stucco house.

We were all pretty happy with the new layout.

Construction by McBride Construction, Landscape by Hornby Garden Design and Construction, Photos by Nancy Kalter Dills, Engineering by Verdant Structural Engineers

New back of house with covered porch and big windows from bedroom and kitchen
Looking towards back from door to dining room
Cooking Area
Cooking Area
Door to porch & Yard
Looking toward front
Master Closet
Extra Storage
Vanity (Needs some art)
Window Protection for eaveless house

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Photo Credit: Nancy Kalter-Dills

Builder:  McBride Construction



Here are a few before shots. The main impetus for remodel was to get the refrigerator out of the middle of the view to the back yard and to improve the strange, low-ceilinged laundry room addition at the back.

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Contractor: Steve Coleman

Photographer: Nancy Kalter-Dills

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She caught the architect in this one

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medicine cabinet

Photos by Rona Lee, Construction by Ron Tostenson

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Zinc and Fir

Photo credit – Nancy Kalter-Dills

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My Rockridge project is getting finishing touches slowly but surely. These are just quick snapshots of things I am excited about.

Teak Bench, Glass tiles, stone floor

Teak Shower bench with glass tile walls and stone tile floor

Fir Barn Door

Fir Barn Door



Tin Ceiling Tiles


Colorful diningroom

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This small addition is a spa-like bathroom designed to be more accommodating to a person growing older. My client also wanted space for plants in the room, including her large ficus plant that was outgrowing her house.  They are getting close to finishing the project, but I took some photos of the almost finished interior. Most of the interior design elements were chosen by the client…but deedsdesign guided the project in subtle ways.

Some of the collaborators:

Richard Pollack Tile, Peter Renoir Plumbing,  Semolina Design (Provided and fabricated the Richlite remnant), Angress Construction

Tiled Shower

Tile Sink and Ficus

addition almost finished

addition almost finished

renoir plumbers

Peter Renoir Plumbing (Blake and Modesto) Finishing the Plumbing Installation – Blue Richlite Countertop is a remnant fabricated by Semolina Design.

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Henry and Ruben ponder the floor framing

Marcia and the house before

Marcia’s Ficus

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drawers with cut out pulls

I have always liked this simple and affordable way to open cabinet drawers. This is a bathroom cabinet for a project here in Berkeley, CA.

Remodelista just posted a collection of some other nice examples (follow the link)

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My client would like a surface mounted track light over her bathroom vanity.  I wanted certainty that code would allow a fixture rated only for dry locations in a bathroom.  I found this article written by Mark Ode, a staff engineering associate at Underwriters Laboratory Inc on the website for the UL Company.

According to Mark, a dry location luminaire must be installed in a location that is not normally subjected to dampness but may be subjected to temporary dampness. With the proper ventilation, above a bathroom vanity fits this qualification.  Inside the shower of course, where water can easily splash on a fixture, a fixture must be wet rated.

His article also explains the difference between wet, damp, and dry UL ratings, as well as a few less common ratings for light fixtures.

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