Transformation From Shed to Tiny House
Our client had an existing outbuilding—essentially a shed with a living area—on his property, in the Upper Queen Anne area of Seattle. Rents in this area can fetch a premium, and our client wanted to transform this space in order to offer the carriage house as a short-term rental. A property like this one is sometimes referred to as an Accessory Dwelling Unit—#ADU—or a Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit—#DADU. J & M Remodel worked with the Seattle based architectural design firm Atelier Drome for the project design and best use of the space. The addition of a kitchenette was a critical need. Despite the limited amount of available space, we were able to incorporate the necessary utilities necessary for a well appointed short-term rental property. The bathroom space was maximized by way of an enclosed glass shower. Existing wood paneling was salvaged from the interior demolition of the original structure, and was reused to incorporate a warm, rustic feel. We added a sleeping loft accessed via a modular ladder along with skylights and additional custom windows to match the existing home.
Basement Bathroom Addition
Our client’s second project was a finished basement that was to incorporate a kitchen, bath, and laundry area. However, due to budget restraints, we agreed to complete the bathroom addition in the first phase of the project. However, the J & M Remodel team was able to rough-in the electrical and plumbing for the kitchen and laundry rooms, so when the client’s budget permits, the remainder of the project will go smoothly, without any rework. As you can see from the photos below, the bathroom addition turned out beautifully. The use of a light gray and white color scheme really helped to brighten the basement area. The walk-in shower features a custom-built bench and recessed niches that offer a luxurious feel while adding to the practicality of the smaller space for the bathroom. The classic look of Carrara marble will stand the test of time and is period-correct with the home. The herringbone layout of the flooring offers a nice modern pop to the overall look of the space.
As the J & M Remodel team worked steadily around our client’s home to complete the Carriage House and basement bathroom projects, our client asked if we could tackle one more room. The main house guest bathroom included only a powder bath with a small vanity and toilet. The bathroom has direct access from the guest bedroom, and needed a shower as well. The J & M Remodel team found that there was quite a bit of wasted space that could be reused. The enabled the J & M Remodel team to add a stand up glass-enclosed shower without having to change the overall footprint of the bathroom. Classic white subway tiles were used for the bathroom wall, and complementary hexagon tiles were used for the shower pan. The J & M Remodel team replaced the existing vanity with a small white vanity with a quartz countertop that ties in well with the white shower.
Our customer contacted J & M Remodel to discuss some great ideas about enlarging their main floor bathroom by taking some square footage from an adjacent bedroom closet. We determined that this could be done, and that the expansion would made a huge difference in the aesthetics and functionality of the bath.
After opening the wall to use the available closet space, we relocated the tub and shower to accommodate a larger vanity. The new vanity provided a dramatic increase in storage space than the original pedestal sink.
Our team added Wainscoting that extends halfway up the wall, offering a rich, dramatic effect. Encaustic-look art porcelain tiles stand out as the showpiece of this space, and go well with the classic subway surround. A large niche with glass shelving offers generous space for shower products, and the directional change of the tile is a great touch.
Here’s a portion of the five-star review that our customer left about the project on our Google listing. You can access our reviews on Google and other sites on our Reviews page:
“We had the very best bathroom remodel experience with J & M [Remodel]. We received a handful of bids, with theirs right in the middle as far as price, but way above the rest as far as detail and professionalism. From beginning to end, this was painless. The final invoice was very close to the original bid, and the job was finished in exactly the amount of time promised.”
Update in May, 2019: J & M Remodel’s work on this project won the coveted REX award for bathroom remodel projects in our entry category! There are more details on our Reviews page.
The gallery below contains two images before the bathroom remodel in addition to the images after J & M Remodel completed the project. Click an image to view the image at its full size, then use the arrows to advance through the images:
Each of these two bathroom remodel projects feature unique upgrades and special custom touches by J & M Redmodel. In the case of the existing standard size and layout bathroom, our client wanted to eliminate the bathtub and add a spacious walk-in shower. As you’ll see in the photos below, the custom vanities and granite countertops blend seamlessly with the 12 x 24 floor tiles. The shower features two vertical glass mosaic accent strips, bringing additional visual interest to the room. The large mirror spanning the length of the vanity is backlit with LED lighting. The high-end Hansgrohe plumbing fixtures ensure that this bathroom will stand the test of time.
For the second bathroom, the client wanted to incorporate a steam shower. However, the existing bathroom had limited square footage for the job. We expanded the bathroom footprint to accommodate the steam shower by moving a wall and by making use of some available space previously used for storage. The ThermaSol steam unit we installed for this project is the preferred steam generator used by J & M Remodel. The fold-down teak bench was hand crafted by J & M Remodel to fit the available space perfectly. The floor tile selected by our client is unlike any we had previously seen, and turned out great. Both bathroom remodel projects feature LED backlit mirrors.
There’s a recent update to this project! Justin Schuder, co-owner of J & M Remodel, was interviewed about our use of a Thermasol Steam Generator for this project by Pro Remodeler magazine in their November 2018 issue. Click to read the article to learn more about the project and why we chose a Thermasol Steam Generator.
The gallery below contains four images of the kitchen before the remodel in addition to the images after J & M Remodel completed the project. Click an image to view the image at its full size, then use the arrows to advance through the images:
As you can see from the before pictures in the gallery below, prior to the completion of the kitchen remodel project, the original kitchen was truly dated. Our client wanted an updated look that was not too modern while retaining warmth.
The glass tile that you’ll see in the after pictures of this kitchen remodel project is truly a show stopper. The kitchen features quartz countertops with blue specks that are brought out by the tile accent wall. The pendant lights continue the blue theme as well. The open wood shelving also features matching blue ground-up glass filler.
The built-in entertainment shelves feature a custom birch wood countertop and plenty of storage. The cabinets used in both the kitchen and entertainment area feature soft-close hinges and drawers with dovetail joints.
Our customer was pleased by the results. Here is a portion of the review on Houzz:
“I was pleasantly surprised at how well the remodel went over all. Brandon was a champ at the house every day. Cleaned up so we could live with the mess each night. He was helpful with design ideas and his carpentry skills are awesome (see shelves!) Justin and Mandy kept us on task with the needed supplies and directed me what to get next. It turned out great. I would use them again!”
The gallery below contains three images of the kitchen before the remodel in addition to the images after J and M Remodel completed the project. Click to view each image in its full size, then use the arrows to advance through the images:
J & M Remodel created a spa-like bathroom, and a pet friendly pool deck, for a couple whose project was featured on the Animal Cribs show on cable TV’s Animal Planet channel. The couple and their chocolate Lab Turf were featured in the 2017 season. Turf goes to work with his owner Sergio at the Seattle Seahawks training facility in Renton, the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC). Turf’s job is to keep birds off of the field while Sergio attends to the condition of the Seahawks practice field.
After a hard day at work, Turf is smelly and dirty, and needs a bath. The existing bathroom was cramped and not well equipped for washing a large dog. In addition, the indoor and outdoor space in the home wasn’t very dog friendly, nor was the yard conducive to having neighbors over for backyard gatherings.
Enter the Animal Cribs crew. J & M remodel was contacted by Animal Cribs with the agreement of the homeowners to oversee the implementation of the design in order to address the requirements for the spa-like bathroom, laundry room relocation, and the outdoor deck aspects of the project. As a result, Turf now enjoys a larger shower where his owners can bathe him more easily, and the backyard now features a deck area for relaxing after work with neighbor friends and their dogs.
The full episode of Animal Cribs on Animal Planet that features J & M Remodel can be viewed here.
The first J & M employee can be seen at around the 9:50 point of the episode. Construction of the new shower starts at the 13:50 point. J & M can also be seen at the 19:38 point, and the deck and pool materials arrive at 31:05. The final results are shown to the customers at the 33:09 point, with the Bathroom at 35:16, and the deck and back yard at 36:29.
As you’ll hear in the customer’s reactions during the reveal portion of the show, they are very happy with their new bathroom and deck. Sergio also left a review about this project on Houzz that you can read here.
Here are still images of J & M Remodel’s portions of the project. Click to view each image in its full size, then use the arrows to advance through the images:
J & M Remodel created a spa-like bathroom and a pet friendly pool deck for a couple whose project was featured on the Animal Cribs show on cable TV’s Animal Planet channel during the 2017 season. The couple's Chocolate Lab Turf goes to work with his owner Sergio at the Seattle Seahawks training facility in Renton. Read more about the project and view the TV episode.