Chicago (Elmhurst) Bathroom Remodel Complete

I apologize for not posting these Chicago bathroom design pictures earlier. Things are really picking up for the summer season. I didn’t realize how time consuming being a small business owner is. Although, I’m not complaining- I am loving life!

This post is a continuation of the last few in which I went through the bathroom design process, so feel free to look back over the before pics and details to see the transformation. Let me help refresh your memory with one before picture- ugly green bathroom tile, oak vanity- ringing any bells?

Chicago Bathroom Design Before

Elmhurst Bathroom- Before

Now for the final reveal of the bathroom…

Chicago Bathroom Design

Elmhurst Bathroom Vanity Area- After

Chicago Bathroom Design

Elmhurst Bathroom Shower Area- After

Chicago Bathroom Design

Elmhurst Bathroom After

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Details

Chicago Bathroom Design

Elmhurst Bathroom After

After 3 weeks on construction… I’d say it turned out pretty good! Isn’t it amazing what having a bathroom designer can do to transform the space? We accomplished the classic, clean, light and airy feeling that we were trying to achieve with the new bath design. Below is a video slideshow if you are interested in seeing more bathroom pictures

If you need help with your Chicago bathroom design, let Lugbill Designs help.

I’ll try not to wait so long in between posts next time. Until later… Erica

Chicago Bathroom Remodel Progress Photos… post #4

As I said in my last blog, I wanted to post some progress pictures from the bathroom remodel that is going on in Elmhurst (a Chicago suburb). I’ll keep this short since I just blogged yesterday.

View looking towards the master closet wall

View looking towards the master closet door

Tile shower- grouting in process (linen closet doors to the right)

Tile shower- grouting in process

Vanity wall- framed out for medicine cabinets

After the second coat of paint is complete and the shower is grouted, the vanity will be set. After the vanity is set the plumber will come back to install the fixtures and the electrician will be back to hang the lighting fixtures. This is one of my favorite stages of a project, things will come together very fast this week! My site visit today reminded me of why I love what I do. It is so great to see the vision that I have had of this space for weeks now, turning into a reality. Keep posted for the final after pics.

Chicago Bathroom Remodel… fixtures (post #3)

Hello everyone, sorry it has been awhile. Justin and I just got back from a trip to Los Cabos with our great friends. We had an awesome trip! Keep posted for trip pics and the design inspiration that came from our travels.

I will be making a job site visit tomorrow to see how the bathroom is coming along and drop off pendant fixtures. I will try and snap a couple of progress photos so that you can all see how the space is coming together. Today I wanted to show you the fixtures we picked out for this bathroom.

Here is the double vanity we are using from Pottery Barn:

Who would have thought you could find such a great piece at Pottery Barn?! This vanity fit our size requirements and we loved the open airy concept. The carrera top and chrome accents fit perfectly into the design of this room.

Here are the Price Pfister faucets in chrome:

Price Pfister is a great plumbing fixture brand to go with if you are looking for quality at a great price. Their fixtures are well designed for a fraction of the cost of the leading designer fixtures. You don’t always have to sacrifice great design when working with a budget! These are not your grandma’s traditional faucets…

We are having two James R Moder clear crystal pendant fixtures above the vanity area:

Wait until you see how these sparkle! I just finished trimming these mini crystal chandeliers tonight. These will definitely be a focal point in the space.

This job is scheduled to be complete by the end of this week. Hopefully I will have “after” pics up for you next week. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and if you would like more design inspiration, check out my interior design portfolio.

Money Saving Bathroom Remodel Tips… post #2

I thought it would be fun to share the more technical side of this project today and talk you through the layout. After reviewing several different ideas, we decided to eliminate the huge tub area and turn that into the master closet. In order to keep the natural light and the detail of the vaulted ceiling as part of the main bathroom space- we separated the closet off with a partial wall. This allows the light to pour into the bathroom from the skylights, while at the same time hiding the closet clutter. See the drawings below…

New floorplan for master bathroom

New tile pattern for master bathroom

Closet wall elevation

Elevation of the new shower

New electrical plan for master bathroom

Money saving tips to consider while planning your new bathroom:

1. Keep all plumbing fixtures in the same location wherever possible- this will DRASTICALLY cut down on your plumbing bill! In this project- we kept all main plumbing supplies in the same location to help with the budget. When remodeling a bathroom, let the original layout guide you to your new bathroom layout. In most cases, it is better to invest in better plumbing or lighting fixtures than to pour needless money into extra plumbing.

2. Get creative with stocked tile sizes of natural stone. This client loved the look of a white carrera marble, but hated the look of plain 12″x12″ tiles. Her budget did not allow for the smaller hexagons or the special cut brick pattern tiles. 12″x12″ tiles are around $7.00-$11.00 per SF depending on the quality of the stone, while fancy cut carrera ranges from $35.00-$55.00 per SF. To solve this problem, we ordered 12″x12″ tiles and are having our tile installer cut them in half and lay them in a brick pattern. Ta Dah!!! All of the sudden we have a high end look at less than 1/3rd the cost!

3. Install a semi-frameless shower door instead of a completely frameless European glass door. You can use a semi-frameless door with a lower finish grade (we are using chrome in this bathroom) to create the same custom look without the high-end price tag.

4. Use a standard finish on decorative bathroom hardware. The industry has led everyone to believe that oil rubbed bronze hardware= high end. You don’t always need an upgraded hardware finish to create a high-end look! In this space, chrome works beautifully and helps shave hundreds of dollars of the final bill when all is said and done.

5. Install a free-standing vanity, instead of large cabinetry. We are using an open, free-standing piece in this space to create a clean, airy look. This look is refreshing and cost effective at the same time. Bulky cabinet vanities aren’t right for every situation and you should always consider your options before making a final decision. We will add a couple of cute storage bins to the budget that will finish off this light, minimalist look.

Construction starts this weekend on this project!! Check back later to see the lighting and plumbing choices and the space evolve…

Until later,
Erica

Master Bathroom Remodel… post #1

I am currently working on a bathroom remodel project in Elmhurst, IL. This client recently purchased the home, knowing that they were going to update this space. I have had a great time over the last couple of weeks dreaming what this space could be and creating a clear design vision within a budget. Here are some before pics:

View looking into the bathroom: Before

Vanity Area: Before

Tub Area: Before

Shower Area: Before

It is a fabulous space, but in desperate need of an update. There is plenty of square footage to work with, natural light that is to die for, and architectural interest in the vaulted ceiling. Can you see the potential?! The complicated part of my job is balancing what I would like to see in the space and what the client needs. After meeting with the client, together, we decided on the following goals…

Goal #1: GET RID OF FOREST GREEN AND OAK.
Goal #2: Find a spot for a walk-in master closet.
Goal #3: Create a classic, but updated space to keep the bathroom consistent with the rest of the home.
Goal #4: Keep costs down!!

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Erica

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Hello world!! I have wanted to start an interior design blog for a loooooooong time, so here we go… I am a young interior designer located in Chicago who is just going through the process of starting my own design company. After three years of working for 2 interior design firms, I am ready to have the creative freedom and flexibility of working for myself. I am thrilled to be starting my own book of clients and ready jump into the Chicago market. I know this road will be long and challenging, but I am up for the task.

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