#JKID Project | Custom Bath Mosaic FloorThursday, March 20, 2014
It’s not often I get to design custom flooring made out of mosaic pieces of marble and granite, but when I do you bet your bottom dollar this baby is going to be so over-the-top FABULOUS you’ll have Robin Leach on the line begging for a home tour and MTV Cribs on call waiting.
I’ve been working on this home in Huntington Harbor for over 2 years now (yikes!) and while the owners are happily settled into their long-overdue investment, I’m using this opportunity to take y’all on a Behind the Design tour of what it takes to design a luxury estate from the ground up, starting with one of my FAVE features of the home: the master bath.
If you follow my Instagram HERE, I gave y’all a sneak peek into this insanely detailed design drawn up at the concept phase of construction. The client wanted an elegant and sophisticated master bath suite complete with a shower/steam spa combo, an oversized 4-person soaking tub, a double sink lavatory, a separate vanity area, a hidden water closet, all the while anchored by a one-of-a-kind custom mosaic floor design you see below. I got to working and devised a timelessly chic black and white color scheme of abstract acanthus leaves to suit their Mediterranean-inspired abode.
I go back and forth with the client, draw up many drafts until we finally settle on the perfectly proportioned pattern then I’m off to shop for the finish materials and meet with vendors to execute the design. I’ve been in this game for almost a decade now so understanding materials is the first step in custom-making any type of design. I knew I wanted granite for the black portion since by nature, granite is one of the toughest stones to specify and can take a bit of a beating. The white portion was a bit more evasive since marble is the most brittle and softest of natural stones but I was determined to source it since it screams high-end luxury and definitely the direction I had in mind.
You can see the pieces starting to formulate the entire pattern here; each contractor working daily over the course of a few weeks to smooth out all the edges and get the constructed cuts to lay flat and just right. After the final sections are laid out, sealed and ready for inspection, I come back in with my designer’s hat and ready to reject the work or approve it and move on.
So back to square one for the fabricator to devise a better plan to install this intricate design in a flawless manner. I weep for those materials bludgeoned to death in the demolition of this floor. Can you imagine? Months of work met with a sledgehammer in the aftermath. But you know what guys? That’s not my problem. That’s the fabricator’s problem and not one my client’s should have to deal with! I’m the type of designer that will fight tooth and nail for what I believe is fair in this very subjective world of design. If it’s completed in a manner that I see unfit for what was agreed upon, you can bet I’ll take the matter all the way to the courts if not complied. Luckily for us, the owner of the company took one look at the end product and was just as horrified as I.
So here we are again on the next phase of installation, this time with a better team and better prepped materials.
And drum roll please….
So moral of the story? Noah didn’t build his ark in one day, ya dig???
Great design happens with thoughtful detail, a team of experts, an extensive length of time, and loads of TLC <3!
What do you think? Worth it in the end???
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