Sometimes beauty really is only skin deep. Focused solely on surfaces and details, Miami architect Barry Sugerman completely transformed this bathroom without altering the location of a single plumbing fixture or adding square footage.
At the owner's request, Sugerman didn't borrow space from other rooms. Instead, he reapportioned the existing footprint, removing a blocky cabinet and bathtub and adding skylights to create a more spacious feel. New elements, including matching 4-inch tiled wall build-outs and recessed soap niches, add eye-pleasing variations in depth and form. High-end products and materials complete the design, updating the room with a distinctive, contemporary style.
The judges applauded the economy and cost-effectiveness of the relatively affordable design.
"This is a wonderful example," one said, "of how you can improve quality of life without breaking the bank."
Category: Bathroom remodeling, under $25,000
Location: Hallandale, Fla.
Contractor: Rick Gay, Bedrock Construction, Miami
Designer: Barry Sugerman, Barry Sugerman Architect, Miami