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Two restored bathrooms, gutted and redone in the original style of the early 20th century fraternity house

Retro floor and wall tile, handmade mirror frame, cherry vanity table, Quartzite tops and backsplashes.  For the Acacia Fraternity house at RPI in Troy, NY.

Extensive Facelift of an Albany Kitchen , circa 2011

This kitchen from a 1970's renovation was solid but dark with it's stained oak cabinets, and clunky as well.  See the photo below of the old cabinets.  We removed the old doors and ordered new ones in a shaker style inspired by an original built-in cabinet in the dining room, and hung them with nickel plated hinges (to match the existing stainless steel stove hood) complete with ball tops like other hinges in the house.  The transparent multi-faceted knob pulls match the old glass doorknobs in the house.

The drawer fronts were cut down and the glides adapted to allow the fronts to be flush with the frames.  3 coats of brilliant white latex paint coated all the existing oak cabinets and the new doors.

Between the white paint, the new white oven and sink and the contrasting new black stone pattern laminate countertops, a lighter and sleeker room emerged with a less claustrophobic feel.  Subway tiles in three colors plus the black granite cap dress up the walls adjacent to the sink and the stovetop.

The old oak floor was reclaimed from under 2 layers of other flooring and was stained and finished to match the dining room.  Baseboard and trim were added in proportions found throughout the house.

The owner found two sets of glazed french doors and a cafe door in his crawlspace, all of which fit into the existing openings flanking the entry, with the dining room on one side and the living room on the other and the cafe door fit between the kitchen and dining rooms.. These items can be seen on the "Interior Projects" page.  

Here are the old cabinets with the new countertop and sink but before tiling.  The solid old oak doors gave us material from which to fashion 5 of the 24 new doors that were beyond the size limits of the door manufacturer. 


A Seattle kitchen renovation, involving complete gutting, incorporating a former mudroom, and new french door access to back yard.  Completed around 1993.

Cabinets were trimmed at tops to match Craftsman details of existing windows and doors.  Maple butcherblock countertops, along with white-painted wood and pale yellow walls, enhance the light and openness of the new kitchen. 

The new french doors are in the location of the former pantry, a cramped little room in its day, and it provides sorely needed access to the back yard.  The new window facing the back is trimmed to match existing windows.


This Chatham bathroom was cramped and dark, with the tub enclosed between two high walls.  The lowered wall opened up the space nicely. The owner applied her touch to the tile work, which at first concerned me as she wanted 3 different tiled areas not matching each other.  And different walls of different shades of color, plus unique features like the cherry tub wall cap with inlaid tiles. But I had seen her other work (she's an artist who works in quilts) and figured she knew what she wanted.   Sure enough, as the finished product emerged, I loved it.  Turns out also that I was happy to have the design input of someone else with a different approach, for a change.

The countertop tile is glass, and translucent, so we set it in white mortar and grouted in white.  Conveniently, the individual tiles had smooth finished edges, so we were able to plan the size and layout of the substrate to allow the tiles to hang over a smidge for a finished edge and add one row below that for "thickness", while meeting the wall with a full width and continuing with a three-course backsplash.  Our customer made a rough sketch of how she wanted the three colors mixed together. The only tile that had to be cut is right there at the corner on the left.

The floor tile is two sizes of tile in four colors.  Blue 6 x 6 highlights were conceived as keys, reminiscent of Nakashima's butterfly inserts in his famous table tops.


A new bathroom added in a long master bedroom.  Two new children required a second bathroom for this family.  Framing the walls and taking up the flooring, we were faced with the daunting task of placing drain pipes within the 8 inch floor space and with running the large drain right through those existing joists.  At one place we had to add steel angles above and below the pipe because the joist had been cut completely through.  A glass corner shower with tiled walls kept from visually crowding the space.  Tile floor, pedestal sink, toilet, medicine cabinet, and open shelving completed the space.  A custom door was ordered to match the style of the existing 1940's house doors. That would be finished with a glass knob latch after painting.


Not shown is a Panasonic "'Whisperlite" wall fan, much easier here than going through the roof.  We also managed to route a plumbing vent out a wall rather than through the roof, and never had to go up on the high roof.  This fan is so quiet you'd hardly notice it running at all.

At left we tied in to an existing drain and vent.  Careful measuring and fitting were required here, since the new toilet was several feet away from the drain going down.


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Steve designed and built these cabinets for his grandparents' new house during a break from college studies around 1980.

Doors are oak plywood with overlaid "frames" for economy, and Steve designed and crafted the pulls from oak lumber.

His grandfather's shop was perfect for building the cabinets, as it had been for his grandfather when making all the doors in the house, including that shown, where the oak door frames were filled in with panels fashioned from parquet flooring.