Today’s Well-Appointed Bathrooms

For some, it’s simply one of the most functional rooms in the home, and nothing more. For others, it’s a refuge; a place to relax and unwind from everyday life. Today’s bathroom is nothing like its counterpart of yesteryear.

At Classic Custom Homes of Waunakee, many of the company’s clients bring “must have” ideas for their bathrooms — inspired by pictures found online, in magazines or sometimes in a home they’ve walked through. As Nicole Hartmann, job operations manager at Classic Custom Homes explains, from that point, one of the company’s interior designers steps in to facilitate the process.

“We assign one of our interior designers to each customer, and that designer works with the flooring reps and the clients at their showroom to pick out the material and discuss the inspirational pictures,” Hartmann says. A big part of designing a space is being able to visualize it. That’s why Classic Custom Homes strives to provide clients with the opportunity to pick out material in person and see 3D renderings of their bathrooms with the material in it. Because the company’s cabinet designs are drawn in-house by their own interior designers, Classic Custom Homes offers a more personalized experience and is able to make a customer’s changes quickly. What’s more, today’s homeowners are gravitating towards lighter and brighter colors when designing their bathrooms, says Jennie Sipple, vice president at Classic Custom Homes. “Since most of the bathrooms are interior rooms and don’t offer natural light, the lighter colors make the space feel more open,” Sipple says.

In terms of tile, interior designer Samantha Conroy explains, ceramic and porcelain are more prevalent now, but she is seeing luxury vinyl tile increase in popularity.

“The tile treatment truly depends on the situation and installation,” Conroy says. “Patterned tiles with lighter and brighter colors, longer subway tile, and the Calcutta and Carrara style tiles are the most popular. Wood grain look is still popular as a beautiful accent trim or backsplash.”

The finishing touches throughout a bathroom add to the room’s overall design. That’s why Brea Bartelt, interior designer at Classic Custom Homes, helps clients select plumbing fixtures and lighting, saying a marble looking tile can look traditional or exude a more contemporary feel depending on the fixtures that accompany it. “These accent pieces act as the ‘jewelry’ in the room and can change the whole feel,” Bartelt says.

Classic Custom Homes of Waunakee
608.850.4450 • • 401 North Century Avenue, Waunakee



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