This master bath was custom-built to be ADA accessible, which had both pros and cons. On the pro side, it was nice and roomy with 9-foot ceilings, and a gym-style shower that could practically fit an audience. On the negative side, it didn’t keep water inside of the shower area, and was cold and drafty. I hatched an idea to tile the ceiling and enclose the shower, which would essentially make it a steam shower, since no steam could escape unless the window was open.
This home was fun to re-imagine and re-design. Because of the cathedral ceilings, built-in wall shelves, and niches, we decided to keep the current wall and trim colors, so we needed to find flooring that meshed with all the existing elements. We looked at hardwood, bamboo, vinyl, and cork flooring, and decided on Marazzi’s Harmony Note porcelain tile. I especially love wood-look porcelain tile, because you can have the look of wood, with the toughness and resiliency of tile, which was important in this case, because of the large Collie and cat that tear around the house.
These trend-setting faucets will make you want to over-wash your hands, except for the fishbowl one, where the water drains out of the fishbowl as you wash, making you think about water conservancy as the fish’s water is draining rapidly. I guarantee that all the other faucets will make you want to turn on the water and just watch, they are so cool! In the world of faucets, there are so many to choose from. There are LED-lit faucets, 3D-printed metal and glass faucets, faucets that create a vortex of water, faucets that ration your water use, or at least make you realize and ponder your consumption. Regardless of which one you select, it’s bound to be a conversation starter, and just plain fun to use.
The global real estate firm Douglas Elliman reached out to me with a request. They have a fabulous office in South Florida, and wanted to show how the rest of the world brings a bit of Florida into their homes. When they asked for my design expertise, I was excited to assist them in such a fun project.
Flipping a house is an exhilarating way to get your hands dirty, see a vision come to life, and make a quick buck. Before implementing design choices, it is a wise idea to hire an Architect to structurally advise on taking out walls and removing visual obstructions. I would also suggest retaining a skilled Interior Designer to make sure your design vision is spot on (or just hand over the reins if you can afford to). The look and feel of the house is the most important part to maximizing profit and eliminating a lengthy period of time on market. Make sure you find a good Realtor who has a strategic marketing plan for the property, and will invest in professional photography too. Very important!