We recently completed this master bath renovation for a client’s waterfront home on Casey Key. Their existing bath design was feeling bland and its shotgun floor plan wasn’t working for these homeowners. So we reconfigured the layout, removing the existing corner tub in favor of a large, luxurious shower and increased closet space. Since the footprint is narrow, we replaced some solid walls with translucent glass to afford privacy while allowing a sense of openness.
Concept floor plan presented to client
Concept rendering presented to client
Before + After
New design features of this tropical spa-inspired retreat include teak “stepping stones” over a field of black river rock and a floating white stone vanity between custom teak and glass storage towers. The new ceiling is lowered slightly to conceal indirect lighting to lightly graze the walls in the evening, and a central raised area finished in backpainted glass to be reminiscent of a skylight.
In Interior Design, great restrictions can demand great creativity. Looking back at recent renovations I have had the pleasure of being involved in, this one really shows how a few small- but smart- changes can make a BIG impact even when a budget is tight. This steakhouse located within a big, chain hotel received a desperately needed makeover thanks to some minor, but very strategic cosmetic changes.
There were some unique challenges in designing this restaurant renovation:
- Tight budget
- No major construction allowed
- Work within design guidelines of a strongly branded hotel
^ Before, this lobby did not set the kind of mood a patron would expect upon entering a high-end steakhouse. The pink and green ceramic tile floor and yellow walls also lacked a unifying color scheme. With minor cosmetic changes and limited budget, the restaurant lobby now hits a more sophisticated note and primes guests for the dining experience. The new flooring is a wood-look porcelain tile, which combines the warmth and character of a wood floor with the durability of easy-to-clean porcelain tile. New club chairs invite guests to relax in comfort while they wait, and earth-tone walls with an accent color below the chair rail tie the updated color scheme together.
BAR & LOUNGE :
^ Before, this bar and lounge area looked shabby and mismatched. The chairs were worn and begging to be replaced, and the old, patterned carpet automatically dated the entire room. The budget did not allow for a complete renovation of the bar millwork at this time, so the solution was to focus on other elements that we could change and would pack the biggest punch. The wood-look porcelain tile was continued into the bar area from the lobby for a sleek, updated look that is easy to maintain. The bar chairs were replaced in favor of a more contemporary style.
- DESIGNER’S TIP: Sleek, faux leather on the seat and inside back of a bar chair is durable, easy to clean, and won’t break the budget. The outside back of a chair can be a great place to incorporate an accent fabric like this one, creating visual interest without sacrificing durability on the inside surfaces that get the most wear.
BAR AREA DINING :
^ Before, the bar area included a few scattered dining tables that just didn’t feel like a part of either the bar or the dining room. Now, the scattered dining tables in the bar area have been removed and replaced with exotic marble, high-top tables that can either be separated (as shown) or pushed together to create a long, communal table.
^ Before, the booths and banquettes that defined the dining room were having a bit of a design identity crisis in this fine-dining steakhouse. Without having to spend a cent on millwork, the banquettes and booths throughout the restaurant have been refreshed and refined. A change of upholstery contributes to the modern steakhouse atmosphere the client wanted to achieve with this renovation. In the next phase of renovation, marble tabletops will be added in place of the existing, linen-covered wood tables.
- DESIGNER’S TIP: By identifying and prioritizing which items would make the most immediate, dramatic impact, we were able to phase this renovation into stages. Sometimes, if we wait until budget allows for the ultimate, grand design vision, it is likely nothing will happen for a long time. But if a renovation is planned, organized, and managed carefully, the owner and users of a space may start enjoying and benefitting from the changes much sooner.
Pool and Patio Renovation for Tampa Bay waterfront home
Space as Art broke out of the air-conditioned box for this Clearwater, FL pool and patio renovation. This newly renovated pool, spa, and patio by Space As Art features all new finishes for an artistic and inviting outdoor space that enhances the exterior of this beautiful waterfront home.
BEFORE: Visually, the patio area seemed to fade into the house while the dark blue tile was too much of a contrast.
BEFORE: The chipped, dark blue pool tiles did nothing to accent this beautiful home. The white streaks on the tile were probably caused by mineral deposits and really stood out against the dark, glossy backdrop.
BEFORE: Since it is in direct view from the home, the homeowners wanted the tile on the face of the spa and adjacent walls to become more of a focal point to properly frame the stunning view out to the intracoastal waterway.
All new finishes featuring amber, wheat, and honey tones and iridescent accents complement the colors of the existing home and enhance the naturally stunning waterfront setting.
AFTER: A simple grill area for frequent dinners cooked and enjoyed outdoors is refaced in new materials cohesive with the rest of the new patio and pool.
AFTER: The redesigned spa area feels like a part of this naturally beautiful setting in shimmering earth tones.
AFTER: The steps now feature porcelain and glass tile with recycled content and create a welcome entry into the swimming pool.
AFTER: As day turns to evening, the glass mosaic tiles reflect on the water's surface in the changing coastal light.
AFTER: View from the home looking out to the pool area and waterfront beyond
AFTER: Detail view of the newly refinished poolside benches featuring mosaics made of recycled glass.
We ♥ Renovation
Interior renovations are a specialty of Space as Art. In this interesting time we find ourselves in, when tight budgets meet eco-consciousness while aesthetic standards remain high, thoughtful renovations are finally getting their time in the spotlight. No longer overshadowed by sprawling, brand spankin’ new construction, creatively renovated interiors are flexing their innovative muscle and basking in some well deserved limelight. Follow this section of our blog and let us show you why We ♥ Renovation.
Here, Space as Art presents some of our favorite interior renovation projects from our portfolio and new ideas on what’s to come.