Rooms for Improvement

Gorgeous Solutions

Rooms for Improvement

Rochester Magazine, August 2013

Rochester-Magazine-08-2013bathSee how five different homeowners came up with gorgeous solutions to their renovation challenges.


The Vision
Little by little, every room was getting a makeover in Brad and Liz Kaufman’s 18-year old Honeoye Falls home. Now they were ready to modernize and expand their master bathroom. Two closets jutted out into the room, making it seem small. They wanted more space but not more square footage, and they wanted something more contemporary and serene.

The Challenge
Going modern would mean gutting the bathroom. The Kaufmans’ interior designer, David Senise, of Spectrum Design Group in Pittsford, worried that updated pictures wouldn’t fit well with the existing plumbing lines.
The builders, Hamilton Stern construction of Pittsburgh, had to open up the floor and work through the second floor to move some of the plumbing lines.

The Approach
Brad had used Senise’s service to redesign his orthodontist office over the years. As Liz says, “David knew our tastes and laid our material choices out on the table. We like to 90% of what he chose. ”

The Hamilton Stern crew installed the new Moen ioDigital system, with a remote that controls water temperature as well as the rain head, traditional shower head and body jets.

For most of the materials, they chose ArtWalk Tile on Atlantic Avenue. The large tiles on the shower wall make the room seem larger, and for flooring they chose a great porcelain tile that ingeniously replicates hardwood.

“It looks exactly like a hardwood floor, but it’s impervious to dents and dings and won’t warp, “says Joe Ventura, co-owner of ArtWalk Tile.
Ventura imports this time from Italy. The 3-D architectural relief gray marble over the Whirlpool tub also came from ArtWalk.

The Results

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Story by Stacey Freed | Photos by Matt Wittmeyer