Hitting Refresh

A dated bathroom gets a much-needed modern makeover.


SHOWER POWER: A black slate tile floor, white tile walls, plus all new fixtures, lighting and paint, gave this bathroom remodel a modern update. Photo By David Lauer

The rising popularity of offerings from HGTV and the DIY network, as well as websites such as Houzz, One King’s Lane and Apartment Therapy, has resulted in a crop of home remodel customers who enter a new project armed with ideas and inspiration. In addition to doing his homework, the owner of this midcentury home in Centennial, an experienced creative director for area publications with a luxury home design focus, approached Greenwood Cabinets & Stone with a pretty good idea of where he wanted to take this master bath.

Greenwood’s Neil Maday says any new project, large or small, starts with a discussion of the client’s vision. “Most people already know if their look is modern, traditional or transitional,” he says. But because Greenwood provides both design services and product selection, the company is equipped to offer alternatives that perhaps even the most Pinterest-savvy client may not have considered and is able to be clear about what can—and can’t—be done in the space.


Photo By David Lauer

In this case, the homeowner wanted to maintain a little bit of retro style while also bringing the look into the 21st century with a clean, modern design. Maday says he asked for a black slate tile floor, white wall tile with a subtle wainscoting detail, a floating vanity and polished chrome fixtures. The team at Greenwood then helped the owner navigate the sea of options for all the other details and narrow down his choices.

Maday says this full bathroom remodel was fairly typical in terms of the scope of the work. Greenwood gutted the room down to the studs and added new plumbing, electrical and drywall; a heated slate floor; and all new fixtures, lighting and paint. And although he estimates similar projects to take approximately five to six weeks to complete, this one stretched to eight weeks as a result of a delayed shower rod and curtain (and a very relaxed approach on the part of the homeowner). Being asked about the timeline, however, did prompt Maday to offer some advice: “Order your products in advance,” he says, “and don’t start work until everything is in the garage.” He adds that a detailed plan will keep everything on track and notes that most cabinets have a six-week lead time—something to keep in mind before you demolish your bathroom.

The result in this case is a beautiful room that takes advantage of new access to natural light, reflective surfaces and muted colors for a light and livable space.


Paint: Benjamin Moore Wales Gray, at area Guiry’s locations.

Walls: York and Fascia Slide white ceramic 4.75-inch by 14.5-inch tile, both at Capco Tile & Stone, 5800 E. Jewell Ave.

Floors: Ebony Gauged Slate tiles with sealer/enhancer, at Capco Tile & Stone. Ditra heat system, at Capco Tile & Stone. Chameleon floor register.

Vanity & cabinetry: Eclipse Cabinetry thermally fused laminate in Arizona Cypress, at eclipsecabinetry.com. Top Knobs polished chrome bar pulls in Pennington.

Countertop: Caesarstone in Quartz Reflections.

Sink: Matt Muenster Collection rectangular semi-recessed vitreous china lavatory, at Decolav, decolav.com. Brizo wall-mount lavatory faucet in Odin.

Sconces: Restoration Hardware adjustable sconce in Royale.

Mirror: Restoration Hardware traditional pivot mirror in Sutton.

Shower rod & curtain: Restoration Hardware shower rod set. Crate & Barrel pebble matelassé curtain, at area Crate & Barrel locations.

Glass wall: Five Star Glass & Mirror custom ¾-inch sandblasted glass.

Tub: Hydro Massage soaking tub in Zen. Brizo tub faucet in Odin.

Toilet: Toto in Drake. Cool feature: Under-cabinet LED nightlight with motion sensor activation.

Special thanks:
Jose and Nate Farias
Tile and plumbing installation, Farias Inc.

Amy Capra
Designer, Capco Tile & Stone

Dustin Hanson
DS Lighting Electric