We ask a lot of our bathrooms. Get busy couples efficiently off to work in the morning. Provide a locked-door, day’s-end escape from the kids. Balance naked privacy against a desire for natural light, water and electricity without shocks or slips, and ventilation without loss of personal comfort. And accomplish it all with a sense of style.
Fortunately, Legacy Building Company has Pappas Design to blend aesthetics, functionality and conservation into custom baths that are certain to please. While pretty is enough for some designers, Mary Jane Pappas makes sure Legacy bathrooms work every bit as good as they look.
New Study Touts Bath Remodeling Value
According to a new Remodeling Impact Report by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR), improving and adding baths is a good investment.
The groups teamed up to analyze the personal satisfaction and payback of 12 interior remodeling projects and 8 exterior projects.
Adding a new $50,000 bath had the highest “Joy Index,” a perfect 10 score. The $112,000 master suite project placed third with a 9.7 joy score. Meanwhile, a $2,600 bathroom renovation was the second most recommended interior project by Realtors advising sellers how to improve their home’s appeal. A $30,000 kitchen facelift placed first.
The report will be featured in this month’s Qualified Remodeler magazine. It was based on input from nearly 500 contractors and more than 2,000 Realtors and 4,000 recent remodeling clients. It assumed the projects were done to a 2,450 sf home built after 1978 using standard quality materials.
Recent Edina Bath
Here is an Edina bathroom that Legacy recently completed with Pappas Design. The master suite remodeling included a spacious bedroom and walk-in closet. It features many of the details Pappas Design favors.
Mary Jane Pappas, CID, ASID
The large shower is all tile, including the ceiling, with an integral bench and clear glass enclosure. A bar-mounted hand shower is adjustable for any height user and for rinsing down walls. The second, low-mounted hand shower bracket near the bench is perfect for seated bathing, shaving legs or washing the dog.
Consider a curbless design and linear drain for maximum accessibility. Tip: Treat the glass with RainX and squeegee after showers to prevent water spots.
“Installing a handheld shower with two brackets provides versatility and reduces costs. It only requires one showerhead and one control while providing maximum water volume and pressure where you need it,” Pappas said.
Pendant lights provide balanced, shadow-free illumination in place of cramped wall sconces. The sleek single-lever faucet permits effortless, open–hand mixing of hot and cold streams and easy cleaning.
The comfort height, custom rift sawn cherry vanity reduces bending. A narrow, side-access drawer is ideal for bottles, while the tall cabinet keeps towels and linens handy.
Pocket doors ensure obstruction-free access to the bedroom and the walk-through closet that leads to the hall.
Pappas notes that it is inexpensive to add an electrical outlet near the toilet when remodeling and serves as a positive selling feature.
A bidet seat is wonderful as people age or become infirmed and find it more difficult to bathe, she said.
Pappas favors Japanese toilets, such as those made by Toto, for their superior low-flow performance and styling.
You can’t beat heated tile for winter comfort in Minnesota. Plus wet footprints dry faster. Thermostat-controlled electric in-floor heat is great for small spaces such as bathrooms.
Windows with internal mini-blinds provide privacy without inviting condensation issues like interior-mounted window treatments. Because the glass stays warmer condensation and ice are less likely to form on very cold days.
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