I recently finished a bathroom project which I’ve referred to as “(bath)room with a view.” I’m hoping to get pictures of the finished project soon but in the meantime I wanted to share some insight on glass options that we decided on during the design process. In designing and specifying the frameless shower enclosure, I informed my client that he had an option between “starphire” and regular glass. Starphire glass is a lead free, low iron product that although not clear enough to be called “crystal” is much less green than regular glass. This clarity comes at a premium but for some like my client who have already invested in gorgeous marble for the shower walls, it’s worth it. See the difference for yourself below (photos courtesy of google).
Daisy, one of my client’s dogs clearly prefers the starphire. She’s pictured here with the starphire that’s just been installed, (the duct tape is temporary!). Another option to consider is the “clamps” as shown here vs. channels to hold the glass in place. I feel that the clamps help with the “frameless look” so I prefer them.
We choose a shower door pull with a very square look to coordinate with the rest of our “Italian modern” aesthetic including square style hardware from Top Knobs (shown below). The shower door handle is combined with a towel bar since this bath is mostly windows with little wall space for towel bars.
What would you choose? Do you think it’s worth paying extra for the starphire?
Big questions I know but here’s the simple answer – it’s been just over a month since my last post and a lot is happening. I am preparing to move to Northern Virginia in just under 6 weeks. I’ve been traveling a lot – visiting family including my new niece in Michigan, house hunting in Virginia and sightseeing in the Eastern Sierras. Here’s a short recap of what I’ve been up to design wise as well.
We at HSK have been working on some interesting projects this month including, a “color” display for one of our cabinetry manufacturer’s Quality Custom Cabinetry that will debut in Pennsylvania where they are located in October. Below are some of the finishes we’re considering, the objective is to work with a palette of new “hot” colors that have been forecasted for 2014. Since we’re the “west coast” design firm that’s participating along with other designers in Chicago and New Jersey we wanted our design to feel “California cool.” We’ve chosen a palette of cool toned colors and beachy feeling materials that create a subtle richness and sophistication inspired by elements that are popular here in LA. The deep blue countertop material is “dumortierite,” a semi-precious stone called “Concetto” made by Caesarstone. The cabinetry shown is a wire brushed rift cut oak, along with porcelain tile that looks like driftwood and a Knoll wallcovering.
We’re also working on a Spanish meets Glam kitchen in Bel Air. The perimeter cabinets will be in the off-white painted finish with glazing and brush strokes shown below by Crystal Cabinets. The island and peninsula will be in a stained cherry with a black glaze accented with pewter hardware and countertops. The perimeter will feature antique mirror inserts, circle mullion accent doors and the new piatra grey marble look-a-like countertops by Caesarstone.
Peter and I stopped by a jobsite yesterday in the Hollywood Hills to decide the best look for a built-in wood and gas pizza oven in a kitchen we designed. While there I took some photos of a gorgeous ceiling design in the client’s living room and metal passage doors throughout the first floor. Since this is new construction the clients are working with an architect and interior designer as well as their contractor and HSK. The house has European, Mediterranean and Moroccan influences.
Below on the left are the main entry doors into the kitchen. The doors left and right of the range wall lead into the wine cellar on the right and the pantry on the left. The butler’s pantry we also designed is on the far left across the hall. To the right is the breakfast room which will get a custom designed hand carved hutch. The picture on the right shows the large skylight over where the island will be.
I am very excited to see these projects finished, but I’m afraid with my move I won’t be able to see them in person. I am sad that after many many months of working on projects like these I won’t be able to see them to completion. I have loved working at Hollywood Sierra Kitchens for the past seven years and will be very sad to leave my clients, family and friends. I look forward though to the opportunities and challenges that living and designing in Northern Virginia will bring 🙂