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North Point Joint Final Reveal

Today we wanted to share the final reveal of #NorthPointJoint. This is one of those projects that truly speaks to me… I could see myself moving in if I didn’t love #lugbilllanding so much!   The end product is so bright and fresh. The whole home feels like a peaceful escape from the current world. 

 

Here is a little refresher on what the space looked like the first time we walked in. 

 

Kitchen Before

 

Kitchen Before – 2

 

Dining Room looking towards living room.

 

Guest Bathroom – Before

 

Master Bedroom – Before

 

Master Bathroom – Before

 

As you are about to see, this space had quite the dramatic transformation. 

 

Without further ado, here are the professional photos. *All photos are taken by Andrew Bruah.

 

Kitchen

I love how clean and sleek this kitchen is. The hand blown pendants add the perfect organic touch that keeps the space from feeling too sterile. 

 

Kitchen

Can we talk about that skylight in the center of the kitchen for a second?! Natural light just pours into this space! 

 

Kitchen Sink

We used a simple white tile installed in a double herringbone pattern. I love how this adds interest and a graphic element to the space, but isn’t too loud. The combination of the mixed metals, wood tones and soft gray are perfect!

Desk View 1

This custom home office was the perfect solution to keep the main living space clutter free. Here is a photo of the desk portion in use. I’m in love with the soft metallic wood pattern wallpaper accent wall.

 

Desk view 2

Surprise! When the desk isn’t in use, the custom sliding doors move to reveal beautiful shelving. 

 

Fireplace

The fireplace turned into a beautiful focal point! I love the organic textured tile that goes floor to ceiling. The sleek built-ins to the left finish off an otherwise awkward space and add a ton of utility. 

 

Living Room

I love the asymmetry of the built-ins and the soft drama of the fireplace. Yes, I just made up the phrase “soft drama”.

 

Living Room View 2

It is so important to have a vision when designing an open floor plan. I love how all of the spaces communicate with each other, but at the same time work individually. 

 

Dining Room

This light fixture is one of my all time favorites. The lines are SO GOOD. 

 

Guest Bathroom

The guest bathroom is a beautiful combination of brass, black, soft wood tones, marble and blue tile. I love the way all of these finishes come together for a fresh, interesting look. These wall sconces are another one of my all time favorites. 

 

Guest Bathroom View 2

I love the peek at the marble penny round floor!

 

Master Bedroom

This master bedroom is a monochromatic/textural dream! I love how soft and bright this room is.

 

Master Bedroom Mirror

I love the organic shape of this brass mirror. I couldn’t resist a photo.

 

Master Bathroom – Vanity

In the master bathroom- we selected the perfect soft green for the vanity. The rest of the finishes in this bathroom are neutral. I love the warmth and contrast the wood adds to the space.

 

Master Bathroom – Details

These lights are too cute! We used a mixture of brass and polished nickel throughout the bathroom to add some interest and avoid appearing matchy matchy. 

 

Thank you for following along on our journey through #NorthPointJoint… that’s a wrap!

 

Evanston Change of Pace

Evanston was the scene for one of our favorite projects in 2019. She wanted a change of scenery and purchased an extremely dated condo in a peaceful complex that was removed from the hustle of downtown. We loved this project because we had the opportunity to fully reimagine and refresh every corner of this basic condo. The client was so lovely to work with, and her two grown daughters gave a ton of input which is always welcome. They have great style and wanted the finished space to feel peaceful, bright and airy. This condo was a complete fresh start, almost nothing was brought over from her old condo.

 

Due to COVID, we were just now able to take the professional photographs. We wanted to give you a little background on the project while we anxiously await the proofs to hit our inbox!

 

We made a slight floorplan change that created a huge impact. Our client didn’t need the enclosed bonus room off of the main living space, so we decided to blow out the wall. Here is an overview of the floorplan and changes we made.

 

Original Floor Plan

New Floor Plan

 

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before – Different Angle

 

Dining Room looking towards living room.

 

Guest Bathroom – Before

 

Master Bedroom – Before

 

Master Bathroom – Before

 

New Kitchen – 3D Version

 

Another small change that had a huge impact on the finished space was removing the dreadful popcorn ceilings! We used furring strips and low profile LED lights to integrate recessed lighting into the ceiling and eliminate the track lighting. The existing ceilings were low, but we decided the seamless lighting and clean ceilings were worth giving up 1.5” of height. 

 

Progress Photo – View looking from the living room towards future office built-ins (where walls were removed).

 

Kitchen After Demo

 

Kitchen – Clean Slate

 

Fireplace after new firebox installation and build-out

 

Fireplace after drywall

Our client needed an occasional work space, but didn’t want to dedicate a whole room to it. Her daughters’ request was to find a way to hide the clutter and not let the workspace take over the room. We designed custom built-ins that allowed for a comfortable/bright/functional workspace that could easily be closed off when not in use. There are large sliding doors that can cover the workspace and reveal the decorative bookshelves!

 

Office built-in progress photo

 

The bathrooms are small, but we maximized the space and utilized bright/soft finishes to complete the look. The transformation in the bathrooms was dramatic!

 

Master Bathroom after demo

 

Master Bathroom – progress photo

Master Bathroom – progress photo

 

Guest Bathroom – progress photo

 

Fireplace and new flooring sneak peek

 

View From Kitchen looking towards dining room

 

We can’t wait to share the completed space with you. It is so bright and layered with different monochromatic tones and textures. Stay posted to see the reveal!

 

A Master Bathroom Retreat at #LugbillLanding

The master bathroom concept came very easy to me, but the details took a painfully long time to finalize. I was basically flying by the seat of my pants as things were getting installed. I hate feeling rushed on decisions, but it is SO HARD to find time to dedicate to my own project when I’m so busy 9-5+ working on everyone else’s projects. I’m lucky I work great under pressure, I have put that skill to the test during this season of life!

 

As a designer, there is a certain pressure to create something innovative and fresh with each new design. I’ve designed so many bathrooms that I’ve adored and would love to call my own- but I wanted something different than I had done before. It’s a bit scary to have carte blanche and know there is no one to point my finger at if I’m not happy with the results. 

 

I went out of my comfort zone and took several risks in the master bathroom. I wanted to create an elegant, timeless, bright, spa like retreat without being too fancy. I love natural materials and the depth they add to a space. Calacatta marble has warmth and dramatic veining, but is a huge risk as a tile material. Marble is generally considered a final sale item, and you are stuck with what you get. Each lot of marble is dramatically different in both color and veining. Despite the huge risk, I decided to go with a large scale 12”x24” honed calacatta marble on the floor. I ordered 25% overage and hoped for the best. 

 

I have never met a tile installer that truly sees my vision before installation and therefore I never leave it up to the tile installer to select which pieces of stone make the cut. When going with a natural stone tile, I highly recommend going through each box and sorting through prior to installation. I follow a similar process to a hoarding tv show… I make a pile of my favorite pieces that need to be showcased, a pile of pieces that are OK and a 3rd pile that are all rejects (can be used under the toilet, tub or vanity). Depending on the type of natural stone, I have been known to go to the extreme measures of taping out the actual footprint and labeling each tile with North/South/East/West instructions. I get extremely specific when I want the veining to continue through several tiles. It is an annoying (and filthy) process, but it pays off every time.

Sorting through the tile

 

Erica sorting through the tile

 

Part of my vision for the space was a line of chevron that started on the floor and continued vertically onto the vanity wall. I thought this would pull your eye up and add something special to the vanity wall. Tiling the whole wall felt over the top for my style.  I wanted to keep the chevron in the same calacatta material so it was subtle but still elevated the design. I searched high and low for the right size of calacatta to create the chevron with no success. I had my heart set on this chevron, so I was going to make it happen even if I had to cut the tile myself. In the end, I decided to have my countertop fabricator cut the custom chevron pieces to the perfect size on their huge machines. The pieces needed to be precise and it would have taken forever to cut each piece down individually onsite.

 

Creating a template for the Chevron cuts

 

Chevron tile template

 

This installation was extremely complicated, and needed to be mapped out perfectly prior to starting. Getting the chevron to line up perfectly with the center of the vanity and hit the tub where I wanted on the floor took about 4,000 iterations to the design, but it was worth it.

 

Figuring out the exact placement of the chevron detail with a laser

 

Floor tile progress

 

View of the chevron continuing from the floor to the wall, vertically before vanity installation

 

Because I’m a designer and I like to make things even more complicated (ha!), I decided that I wanted the vertical chevron accent to be flush with the drywall. This was another risk, I wasn’t really 100% sure what this would look like installed, and if they would be able to finish it to my liking. I think this risk paid off, it is such a custom look. It is such a subtle difference but I love the way it turned out.

 

Chevron detail after installing an additional 1/4″ drywall to make it flush with the wall

 

Flush chevron detail – after the cabinets and counters were installed

 

I went through all of the tiles individually, but made the mistake of not going through the chevron pieces after they were cut. Of course there was one piece that had to come out. It was bright white and all my eyes saw when I looked at the wall.  Lesson learned!

 

The picture I sent to my tile installer…this tile had to go

 

I could tell my husband, Justin, wasn’t in love with the calacatta when it was first installed. He thought it was too cold and a little busy. I was anxious as the bathroom started to come together to see if my vision would work in reality and I really wanted this bathroom to top our last bathroom. 

 

 Last week he told me that he has loved the bathroom more and more as each new finish/fixture is installed. He said each new layer adds a new dimension to the space. It felt like one of the best compliments I’ve ever received on a design, coming from my spouse. I had so much fun (and anxiety) creating this master bathroom retreat for us to share! If you need me, I will be in my new bathroom for the rest of 2020…

 

I love the contrast/warmth of the walnut combined with the calacatta marble…two of my favorite things

 

Tips for a marble tile bathroom:

  • Always order more overage material than normal so you are able to be selective in the pieces installed (this also ensures you aren’t stuck with a different lot if you run out of tile). I recommend 25% overage while the standard is 10-15%
  • Sort through the boxes prior to installation
  • Don’t forget to seal your tile!
  • Select a honed finish for a more casual/lived in look and polished for a more elegant look

In Need of a Free Bathroom Remodel???

Is it time for an upgrade to the room where you do your most important business? Are you fantasizing about a bathroom with all the bells and whistles? Do chandeliers and heated seats sound like the perfect fit for your personal sanctuary?  If you have big ideas and a love of the luxurious or outlandish, you may be a fit for a bathroom remodel paid for by a major cable network.

West Loop bathroom remodel completed by Lugbill Designs.

West Loop bathroom remodel completed by Lugbill Designs.

To apply, please email the following information to
mybathroomtransformation@gmail.com

* Name * City & State * A short description of your
bathroom renovation vision * Approximate budget* * 3 -5
photos of your current bathroom * Recent photo of homeowners

*Please note that Lugbill Designs is not affiliated with the above request.  We simply received it, and thought some of our readers may want to apply.  After all, who wouldn’t want a free, professionally designed/remodeled bathroom!  Best of luck 🙂

 

West Loop Bathroom Remodel… post #3

Here are a couple of pictures after the demo work was completed. Next on the agenda… put the bathroom back together!!

Vanity wall- during construction

View into shower- during construction

Stay tuned for the reveal of the new bathroom!

West Loop Bathroom Remodel… post #2

Today I wanted to share some of the design elements that are going into this Chicago bathroom remodel I am doing for a client in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. The bathroom uses bathroom tile and finishes that are some of my favorites. If I were to remodel my own condo’s bathroom right now, it would turn out very similar to this modern loft bathroom remodel!

The main bathroom tile that was used for a majority of the floor is from Daltile. We are using large 12″x24″ pieces in a brick pattern on the floor. We are also using the large pieces on two walls in the shower, as well as on the shower floor. This creates a clean, consistent look throughout the entire bathroom. If you are ever working on a bathroom remodeling project and you have a small space, remember that it is best to keep all of your finishes unified. If you chop up your tile work, it will make the space appear smaller.

Modern Bathroom Remodel Picture

Daltile Fabrique in gris linen

In the coming weeks, one of LD’s bathroom tile contractors will tile the shower’s back wall with exceptionally beautiful glass mosaic tile. I love the linear quality to this tile and the soothing color palette.

Glass Mosaic Bathroom Tile

Mirage Glass Mosaic Tile- Cane Series

The plumbing fixtures are all Hansgrohe, set in a brushed nickel finish. I love the quality and the design of their fixtures.

Hansgrohe Faucet

The sconces that will flank the custom medicine cabinet are from George Kovacs. I love the vertical lines and the simplicity of these fixtures! We needed something very narrow to work with the design of the medicine cabinet, and these fit the bill perfectly.

George Kovacs Sconce

The counter top is made from honed Lagos Azul limestone and has a 3″ face. Our counter top installer mitered the top portion of the limestone (at the edges) to give the appearance of a thicker stone. This is a great bathroom remodeling tip for those involved in their own remodeling projects!

Limestone Bathroom Counter top

Lagos Azul Limestone

Below, you’ll see an elevation view of the bathroom vanity wall. The tile behind it is a 2″x16″ solid gray glass tile.
BathroomDrawing
Stay posted to see the progress and updated photos!

West Loop Bathroom Remodel- Post #1

One of my current projects is working on a bathroom remodel for a previous client. He started the kitchen remodel without me, and then hired me to pull everything together and finalize the finishes. The previous owner of his condo sold the unit with no kitchen appliances or cabinetry, so that was first priority. Now we have moved onto the rest of the condo. I love working with this client, because his style is very similar to mine. He lives in a modern loft-style condo and loves contrast and clean lines. When this bathroom is done…. it will be hard to leave!

Here are a few before pictures:

View looking at the shower

View looking from the hallway

View looking at the closet

Notice the “pinkish” porcelain tile and cheap white vanity that I am Oh so excited to get rid of!

We have big plans for this space, I will fill you in on my next post! Demolition started last week, and tile work has officially begun.

 

 

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

Chicago Bathroom Design

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… 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

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