Peace. Rejuvenation. Relaxation.

When you think about your home, what areas can function as a space for a personal retreat? I personally would love to have an ensuite were I can run a hot steamy bath and melt away from day-to-day stresses. I’ve had the pleasure of working on a few ensuite projects in 2014 and the results were pretty awesome. The one project that I’d like to highlight is a gem in the heart of East St. Paul. Here, the goal was to create an in-home spa that was eye catching & glamorous.

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Design Requirements

  • Design a spa-like retreat that incorporates a new steam shower, vanity with adequate storage, as well as a free standing tub
  • Implement layers of lighting for all differenct day-to-day tasks (bright for getting ready in the morning, dim for relaxation & meditation & a soft glow for wayfinding)
  • Incorporate soft colours & textures for impact and luminescence

Project Limitations

  • Work within the existing space & maintain the existing location of the plumbing
  • Work with the clients budget & timeline

The Concept

The concept was derived from the client’s inspiration of existing spas and hotels. The client also loved soft colors from the ocean & the sparkle of the sand, which we wanted to incorporate throughout the space.

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Since we were working within the existing envelope it was important to keep clean lines & uncluttered flow. The goal was to also blend the style with the rest of the house, so we applied a timeless look to the vanity & the flooring.

Development and Implementing the Design

Our design process always starts with measuring & photographing the existing space.

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The existing steam shower was not working properly & the existing tile was dated so we needed to completely gut the existing space and start fresh. The next step was to come up with some alternative floor plans.

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Once the floor plan was finalized, we moved on to finish and fixture selection, as well as generating the elevations for the project. We used a large format 12” x 24” anthracite tile to ground the floor with a baroque shaped tile for a decorative inlay to add some drama to the space. We used white millwork to keep the space feeling light & spacious. An iridescent glass mosaic tile, luminous wall covering & sparkly quartz countertop gave the space the glamour the client was looking for.

Finishes

The end result can only be described as stunning! The renovation process went smoothly with only a few hiccups along the way. Any time you are renovating an existing space, there is a good chance that you’ll have a few surprises thrown at you. This client was smart and took a vacation while her ensuite was being transformed into the oasis that it is now. I’m thrilled that the client could come back and continue to relax & rejuvenate in peace.

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Hope you enjoyed seeing this space as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Peace,

Carrie

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Renovating this Spring or Summer? Start planning today!

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Has winter already got you thinking of renovating when the snow melts? Well, I’m here to tell you that NOW is the best time to get started on the planning process. But, I bet you’re asking yourself…

Where do you start?  What do you need?  Who do you contact?

I’ve been working in the industry for many years now and I can tell you, without a doubt, planning ahead of time is not only suggested, it’s a necessity!

Here are the steps that I think you should take when starting a renovation project:

1. Start planning early: 

Depending on the size of your project, expect to spend 2-8 months in the planning stages. This may seem long, but it’s well worth the effort.  A poorly planned project will end up costing more time & money (not to mention frustration) in the long run.

2. Create a list of needs and wants:

The more decisive you are about your spatial needs, your aesthetic style and your budget, the more accurately the professionals you enlist can do their jobs. As the designer on your project, I truly want to hear from you. I want to know how you want to function in your space, how you want others to function in your space and, ultimately, how you want the space to make you feel. In the end, it’s all about the experience!

3. Enlist the help of professionals:

Interior Designers | Architects | Contractors | Builders | Electricians | Plumbers | Etc

The list goes on… Hiring a professional will be the best thing you’ll ever do! Bold statement, but it’s true. They can assist you with putting your dreams into visual form, making your dream into a reality.  At our office, Elaina, Annie, Carrie and I are qualified to do everything from the space planning to the final finishing touches. It is up to you, our clients, to decide how much or how little assistance you need. Getting everyone involved right from the beginning allows for problems to be solved before they even begin.

Please see our Design Services on our How We Do It page. 

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Renovating will have its challenges, it ALWAYS does (remember it’s humans you’re dealing with). However, if you allow yourself enough time to plan your project; if you hire competent, honest and hardworking people; and if you keep a positive attitude with the end goal in mind, the results are well worth it!

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So, if you’re looking to renovate that kitchen, that basement, or really anything else, come Spring or Summer, call the S3 Team today to get started on the planning.

We’d love to help you out!

Tracy

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