Going modern — and traditional — in dream renovation

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Homeowners embarking on a renovation hope to create the room of their dreams. This primary bedroom and bath remodel went beyond that — it turned into a dream project for the architect/remodeler. “For us it was having the dream client that trusted your design and judgment,” said architect and builder […]

Homeowners embarking on a renovation hope to create the room of their dreams. This primary bedroom and bath remodel went beyond that — it turned into a dream project for the architect/remodeler.

“For us it was having the dream client that trusted your design and judgment,” said architect and builder Michael Menn of Michael Menn Ltd. in Northbrook.

It all started when the clients, who live in Wheaton, wanted to modernize their main bedroom suite while keeping a traditional look in the bedroom area.

After talking with the clients, Menn discovered an oversized bathtub (60-by-48 inches) was a sore point because it wasn’t used and the client was looking for more of a spa experience with the originally too-small shower area.

“They wanted a large walk-in shower/steam shower and a large toilet compartment,” Menn said. “We talked about juxtaposing a more traditional master bedroom with a very modern bathroom. We took the challenge and started to create something very special and unique for this client.”

The materials used made the project stand out, he said.

“The final bedroom design was more formal and the bathroom is one of my favorites we have completed. The materials and products came off spectacular and the tile company has featured the tile in their product material brochures,” he said.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

The tile came from Oceanside Glass & Tile (www.glasstile.com), which specializes in custom glass tiles. “My trade partners worked very hard to complete the project on-time and on-budget without disrupting the homeowners’ daily routine.”

The traditional bedroom features custom millwork in the crown molding and a custom-designed fireplace surround and mantel. The custom plaster medallion on the ceiling comes from Decorator Supply (www.decoratorsupply.com).

“The juxtaposition of a more formal bedroom to the very modern bathroom is very unusual, but comes off very well. Maybe not most people’s taste but the clients love it,” Menn said. “Being able to create a very unusual space is every architect’s, designer’s and contractor’s dream and we were able to fulfill that dream in this home.”

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

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