Rise & Shine: Building a Better Bath

{the man's man}
Juan Pisani and Val Marmillion created the look of a sleek, men's club with their Coral Ridge master bath. Wall-mounted medicine cabinets bring the mirror just a little closer for shaving, while the bamboo floors - so impervious to water - give the room a warm, spa-like feeling.
Porthole window wall sheathed in slate tile from CLAD Tile & Stone. stacked, horizontal tile in matte glazed ceramic from CLAD Tile & Stone.
Photo Myro Rosky

Rise & Shine: Building a Better Bath

Text Tropic Magazine

The Florida bathroom of days past, whether in a 1950s ranch or a 1970s high-rise condominium, were not always bastions of fine design. And while some beg to be completely restored, others beg to be tossed in a dumpster. Both of these are valid solutions, but when the option is simply to start over, what do you do? We found design professionals with some great answers - and who were willing to share. On the following pages you'll find baths with individual personalities. On the last two pages, we've included source materials we like now. So draw yourself a bubble bath, sit back and take a closer look.

{the movie star}
This revamp of a penthouse on the Galt Ocean Mile by Retro Interiors and contractor Charlie Lustik included the gutting and refurbishing of a dated master bath. The design team at the aptly named Retro used soft celadon green tile in an eggshell finish and combined that with a custom double vanity with detail work evoking a pared down version of 1930s Chinoiserie.
A full height mirror is inset with a bullnose surround, and light fixtures by Fine Art Lamps. Handmade tile and marble mosaic floor tile, Walker Zanger. Custom cabinets by Euro Design. Wall sconces and pendant light, Fine Art Lamps through Judith Norman at DCoTA.

{the architect}
Freddy Andrade of CLAD Tile and Stone helped the owner of this guest bath find just the right materials, including a textural wall tile in large 10" X 20" size. The dark of the walls is offset by the absolute white quartz material chosen for the countertop.
Floor tile is a 24" X 24" Filander Sabia beige, while wall tile is silk cashmere from Cooper. Accent mosaic is in 1" X 2" Nautili bricks from Cooper in a pearly gloss finish.
Photo Myro Rosky

{the pragmatist}
Ana Donohue Interiors gave a watery feel to this mid-city highrise bath with stacked, pale blue glass tile from Ann Sacks. Statuary white marble floor tile adds a bit of luxury to the European exactitude this bath evokes. A bit of whimsy is added with the stainless steel and tempered glass "barn door" shower enclosure.
Glass tile: Lucian Collection at Ann Sacks. Wall hung toilet is manufactured by Laufen. Faucet set is Hansgrohe Cigno in polished chrome and the vanity all-in-one sink is by Duravit. Shower door: Surpolusdecor.com
Photo Michael J. Lee

{the perfectionist}
A couple from Toronto wanted crisp and clean design for their waterfront home redesigned and expanded for them by John Garra of Square One Architecture and finished by Zahn Development. This spare aesthetic extended to the 1960s-era home's bathrooms as well. A clerestory window fills the space with natural light while the double vanity with rectangular, undermount sinks is cantilevered. Walls are sheathed floor-to-ceiling in Calcatta gold marble.
Custom vanity with polished chrome hardware by Downsview. Vanity top is white Caesarstone available through CLAD Tile and Stone while Calcatta marble is available through Opustone. Single piece toilet is Duravit and faucet in polished chrome is a Axor Starck for Hansgrohe. Recessed medicine cabinets are from Robern.


JOHN SPEAR, Associate Publisher

JOHN T. O'CONNOR, Editorial Director At Large

HILARY A. LEWIS, Senior Editor


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