2015 REX Award Winner

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We are so honored to receive an award from the Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties, naming Nip Tuck Remodeling and Slater Interiors winners of the Remodeling Excellence (REX) Award for Bathroom Excellence for the $30,000 – $50,000 range.

The REX Awards are held each June and celebrate the quality work done by the Association’s remodeler members. This year they choose Nip Tuck Remodeling and Slater Interiors among four entrants for this category.

We had so much fun and latitude to explore new design possibilities. Our design focused first on imagination – then matched our clients’ budget to their inspiration. We encouraged our client to imagine their perfect bathroom and then worked with them to make their dream a reality, creating an open, luxurious, spa-like bathroom for their home in Mill Creek, Washington.

The Situation

Our clients came to us with a set budget in mind – explaining that they just wanted to replace an old shower. However following initial discovery, the project turned into a redesign focused on fulfilling their desire for a more open, luxurious, spa-like bathroom.

The Challenge

Additionally, the existing bathroom was cramped and, with little aesthetic appeal, it was merely utilitarian. And there were several space issues including a leaking shower, an unused soaking tub, and a small, closed off toilet / shower room. Finally, the wife wanted to be able to sit comfortably in front of the mirror (in the old bathroom she had to sit on the edge of the tub at an awkward angle). So the challenge was to open up the space while fulfilling the clients’ desire for something unique, beautiful as well as functional.

The Solution

We addressed these challenges by removing the tub and taking out the wall between the two spaces. We then surrounded the new shower with glass, creating a more open, light and luxurious experience.

To address the space’s functionality challenges, we designed an entirely new countertop and sink area. The clients wanted a countertop that was suitable for sitting at, however they wanted to stay away from the traditional “dip” (varied heights) that is found in the majority of double-sink countertops. We resolved this challenge by installing a 10’ slab of beautiful walnut to act as the countertop, then designed customized sinks to sit on top of this slab to add height and dimension.

We complemented these new designs with a beautiful, multi-dimensional, stone tile wall adjacent to the countertop to build depth and add another natural element to the space as well as artistic, airy pendant lighting.

  • Melinda Slater is the best interior designer we’ve ever used and we look forward to many years of collaboration on various projects. We recently completed a master bath remodel and are currently working together on a powder room remodel. Initially, Melinda took the time to know us personally and our design tastes. She’s a great listener, on time and on budget, and loves the creative process. She goes the extra mile to find just the right color, tile, rug, or chair to satisfy our wishes. I have complete confidence in her ability to design the perfect project to meet our needs and wants.

    Al & Chris Massena