This was the first time that remodeler Mark Daniels had illuminated a sink. The homeowners chose an onyx countertop in a honey tone and matching pre-made sinks for the two master bath vanities. Daniels wanted the sinks to sit inside the counter. “Then you donít have them perched up high with a dust-collecting area underneath,” he says. He looped a 12-foot length of rope lighting around each sink base and used clips and clear silicone to prevent them from shifting.
Mark Daniels This was the first time that remodeler Mark Daniels had illuminated a sink. The homeowners chose an onyx countertop in a honey tone and matching pre-made sinks for the two master bath vanities. Daniels wanted the sinks to sit inside the counter. “Then you donít have them perched up high with a dust-collecting area underneath,” he says. He looped a 12-foot length of rope lighting around each sink base and used clips and clear silicone to prevent them from shifting.

Subtle lighting adds a touch of drama to functional rooms such as baths and kitchens. Remodeler Mark Daniels of Mark Daniels Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling, in Manassas, Va., says that light and water are a natural combination. For one master suite project, the homeowner wanted twin vanities with onyx sinks. Daniels used trial and error to find the best placement for the rope lighting to illuminate the sink.

For his own powder room remodel, Daniels used the same granite for the floor and the countertop. To light the floor, he placed a strip of three xenon lights below the vanity, which is mounted on the wall. Though he first placed the lights on the floor under the vanity, he moved them to the back wall because the lights were visible due to the reflectivity of the shiny granite floor. The two hanging pendants and the sink and vanity base lighting are all controlled by a $30 Lutron dimmer. “When you hit the switch, it gradually comes up to power, which is classy,” Daniels says.
Mark Daniels For his own powder room remodel, Daniels used the same granite for the floor and the countertop. To light the floor, he placed a strip of three xenon lights below the vanity, which is mounted on the wall. Though he first placed the lights on the floor under the vanity, he moved them to the back wall because the lights were visible due to the reflectivity of the shiny granite floor. The two hanging pendants and the sink and vanity base lighting are all controlled by a $30 Lutron dimmer. “When you hit the switch, it gradually comes up to power, which is classy,” Daniels says.

To add drama to his own powder room, for both the countertop and floor, Daniels selected a granite slab that had a lot of movement. A black toilet and lighted glass sink complete the look. Instead of rope lighting, he used dimmable xenon lights under the sink. Because the glass sink is more transparent than the onyx sinks in the previous project, Daniels experimented to find the optimum distance for the lights from the sink base. He then set the lights in a metal mount inside the vanity. Paul McClorey of Paulson’s Construction, in Howell, Mich., also had to experiment to create this lighted glass block detail in a kitchen project. The rope lighting was visible through the glass, but since he could not move the lighting, McClorey sandblasted the backs of the blocks to make them more opaque.

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—Nina Patel, senior editor, REMODELING.

Setting the Mood

Paulsonís Construction

When these homeowners decided to update the look of their kitchen from rustic to contemporary, they asked remodeler Paul McClorey to add a “conversation piece” to the design. His idea was to cap the end of the white thermofoil wall cabinets with a lighted glass block tower. “It’s near an opening that overlooks the eating area that flows into the family room,” McClorey says. The blocks are supported by a steel plate that is attached to the cabinets. McClorey chose blocks that curve at a 22 degree angle, which leaves a gap to house the rope lighting. The lights can be accessed from inside the cabinet for maintenance.

The kitchen also has undercabinet lighting and rope lighting in the toe kick.