With the goal of bringing the outside, in, which is not at all unusual in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, I recently worked on the update of a kitchen and two baths. The homeowners’ rural backyard abuts conservation land. The clients didn’t want to change the footprint of any of the rooms; the scale was just fine in their home. They wanted new bath and kitchen finishes, fixtures and cabinetry to create a clean and updated look that would coordinate well with the style of the rest of their home, its furnishings and with their secluded surroundings.

Thanks especially to Ryan-Regan Ladd, contractor, tiler-extraordinaire, painter and finish carpenter and Scott Anderson, kitchen design manager with Cowls Building Supply. Thanks to fellow IFDA New England board member Bob Grossman at Wolfers Lighting in Waltham, MA for supplying the decorative light fixtures, to Katya Savenkova from Degrees of Comfort in Northampton, MA for the plumbing fixtures and details, and to Arrow Tile for the great tile!

To see my design work on the kitchen, go to “Same Footprint, Brand-New Kitchen…”

Here are the baths!


Before Photo of Clients’ Main Bath – KDZ Designs

Before photos of the large bath…vanity and…tub-shower.

The large upstairs bath had a typical bathtub-shower combination. The location of the vanity and toilet weren’t changed, but the bathtub-shower, became an open shower with an angled wall. I worked with Nancy Schwartz, a local architectural designer, on determining the size of the new shower. The clients also wanted a window added in the shower, and no glass surround. The porcelain tile has a slate-like appearance,and has a color range including gray, green, blue and brown.


New walk-in shower with porcelain tile and rain shower head

The vanity coordinates with the blue tones of the tile; the small tiles run from the vanity all the way through the shower, along the walls above the larger tiles; Hubbardton Forge “Dune” sconces flank the beveled mirror above the vanity.

The downstairs bath, similarly, kept its footprint, but has a new tiled shower with glass door, instead of the shower stall with its wall and a vanity instead of a pedestal sink, and has a greater presence!

Before shot of downstairs bath

Downstairs bath vanity with Hansgrohe faucet and Kovacs sconces…”bubble tile” as a backsplash. Photo by Corey Fitzgerald