Archive for 2013

We recently completed this bathroom remodel in Sammamish.

November 18th, 2013

We recently completed this bathroom remodel in Sammamish. The homeowners made great use of accent pattern trim with TruStone Crema Bordeaux shower and vanity area with a very contemporary Moen “Level” fixture suite in chrome.



A little “Toilet humor”

September 6, 2013

A little “Toilet humor” thanks to one of our customers. Don’t ever expect one of these “faux pas” from one of our remodels!!





We often receive Thank You letters

September 25th, 2013

We often receive Thank You letters from our customers expressing their pleasure with our products and service. However, it is unusual to receive a note from the customer of one of the contractors we work with!

A customer of Johnson Bros. Construction sent us this Thank You following the completion of their shower and vanity top. “Just a note to thank all of you at Designers marble for your patience and quality product. We visited your showroom several times and you answered all of our questions and made excellent suggestions. The product delivered was perfect and Don did a superb job with the installation. We are extremely pleased, and will recommend your firm when we can. Thanks again”

I wanted to share

June 26th, 2013

I wanted to share a recent project showing the BEFORE and AFTER photos.

As you can see, adding color can make a dramatic and elegant impact in your master bathroom.




I am often asked “How much will my bathroom remodel cost?”

April 20th, 2013

I am often asked “How much will my bathroom remodel cost?”

Having worked in the bathroom remodeling business for the last 20 years, I can tell you that there are a number of issues that will affect your budget which don’t really fit into a sf cost basis. I would definitely recommend working with a licensed contractor that specializes in bathrooms as they are a different beast from Kitchens and there are often unforeseen issues with mold and dry rot which may not be initially apparent. Anyway, in my experience an average Guest Bath remodel will run about 10k and Master Bath closer to 20k. Things that will affect your budget significantly: are you changing the footprint, moving drains, building or removing non structural walls and/or doorways? Heated tile flooring vs vinyl (some of the new vinyls are great alternatives to tile cost-wise and maintenance)? Spa/jetted tub vs soaking tub? Heavy glass enclosure vs std glass (Heavy glass is a beautiful look but probably not worth the extra expense for a guest bath), cabinetry is usually a big chunk of the budget- your wood choices and choice of door facings, whether custom or not could double your cost for the same size, shower and countertop surfaces: you can use a solid surface type product for about the same price as tile and have greater durability and easier maintenance. Some of the new surfaces, like TruStone look like slab stone but are actually engineered, Finally your choice of plumbing fixtures will affect your budget- if you want quality don’t buy through the big box stores..,the national brands provide a lower quality product (plastic vs brass parts) to the big box stores than those you purchase thru a plumbing wholesaler . Also, don’t forget to upgrade your fan and lighting. Just some things to consider in order to have a realistic budget for your bath remodel.

For a check list on planning and budgeting for your bathroom remodel, check out our
Planning Your Bathroom Remodel info packet.

In our effort to source locally

March 29th, 2013

In our effort to source locally produced materials for our bathroom remodels, Strasser Woodenworks of Woodinville is one of our favorite suppliers. Their line of bathroom vanities and cabinet accessories represent the finest in locally available non-custom cabinetry with several solid wood finishes and styles to choose from. Moreover, we offer 25% off retail on all cabinet purchases through our showroom and the quickest delivery possible.

I had to showcase

February 4th, 2013

I had to showcase one of our favorite recent projects completed for a couple living in a houseboat on Lake Union. It was a pleasure to see the stunning bathroom transformation using TruStone Rainforest Green for their Spa Tub and Shower Surround.


Just wanted to share

January 6th, 2013

Just wanted to share a recent testimonial from one our customers:

“It was a pleasure to work with you. We are so happy with our remodeled bathroom. The new layout makes the room seem so spacious. Love the enlarged shower, love the frameless enclosure, love the heated floors and especially love that there is no more tile. The TruStone is beautiful!

Peter – thank you for listening to what we wanted, offering suggestions and helping us put together a wonderful master bath.

Heather – thank you for your friendly help, answering questions, and keeping us posted on the work schedule.

Steve and Don – thank you for “making” our bathroom. From demo to rebuild – you are hard, conscientious, and courteous workers. You are truly craftsmen.”

Here are some pictures of their beautiful new bathroom. We used TruStone in Vanilla Travertine for their new shower, bath and vanity area. Looks amazing!