News from the Block, Innovate Building Solutions Blog
News from the Block, Innovate Building Solutions Blog
Bathroom, Kitchen, Basement Design & Remodeling Ideas for the Nicest Home or Business on the Block
Bathroom, Kitchen, Basement Design & Remodeling Ideas for the Nicest Home or Business on the Block

Personalizing a Cottage Style Bathroom in South Euclid Ohio

Cottage style bathroom remodel in cleveland ohio

If you’re looking to remodel your bathroom would you prefer to work with a contractor who tells you, “Lady – this is how we’re going to fix your bathroom” or one who asks, “Ma’am – how can we help you make this space fit your personality, style and needs?” Such was the choice facing Catherine Lee of South Euclid Ohio when she decided – for the first time – to contract out a remodeling project (all her previous projects she did on a DIY basis with her husband).

Catherine was looking to not only remodel – but transform – her 1919 main bathroom. This space had a beautiful vintage oversized cast iron tub and her goal was to create an artistically fun and relaxing space with the feel of a seaside cottage (despite being in Northeastern Ohio!).

Learn below how Catherine along with the design (Jeff Merrell) and construction (John Fronek) leaders of the Cleveland Design and Remodeling division of Innovate Building Solutions were able to deliver on her vision at a budget she could afford.

Electronic scrapbooking your vision – What’s cool today is you don’t have to buy expensive design and decorating magazines to show your vision to a contractor – you simply use the best sites to organize your dreams. Researching the Houzz and Pinterest sites Catherine was able to “cut and paste” idea books (on Houzz) and boards (on Pinterest) to capture her desired look. The idea to use clean white subway tiles for the cottage feel was just one of many ideas Catherine captured.

Subway tile in a cottage style bathroom in Cleveland Ohio

Combining the dream with the pocketbook! – Any homeowner or contractor can create a fabulous space with a limitless checkbook – but that is not the reality most of us live in! With the assistance of Jeff Merrell (the Project Design Coordinator) Catherine was shown more affordable material choices which did not compromise the finished look.

The porcelain (marble looking) tile floor and unique glass in-lays gave a unique look and feel of marble at a better price.

Porecelain tile for a marble looking floor in cleveland ohio

The ¼” thick Masonite prefinished 4’ x 8’ sheets provided the bead board style without the cost of ¾” wide separate wood boards.

Masonite bead board for cottage look!

Built to last with function, style, safety and a maniacal attention to detail – This bathroom not only didn’t look very nice in the beginning (the vintage tub was worn, paint and plaster was pealing) but it didn’t “work” well or provide a high level of safety (the existing pedestal sink provided virtually no counter space or storage and getting out of the high tub walls could be a challenge).

Before Remodeling

Here’s how these challenges were resolved with thoughtful products and construction care:

  •  A vanity with a low maintenance, high style solid surface top – Catherine loves her multi-drawer vanity with a solid surface countertop which used the calming “serenity” color and integral white bowl.

Serenity color solid surface countertop

  •  Decorative Moen grab bars, waterproof wall backer board and a fan – Making sure the project will stand the test of time and be safe was critical. Towards that end a waterproof wall backer board was used behind the tile walls, decorative grab bars were installed to assist getting into and out of the tub and an exhaust fan was added to pull moisture.

Decorative grab bars in cottage bathroom

  •  A little bit of OCD – Often the difference between an OK project and an exceptional one are the details. John (the Operations Manager) is so OCD he even made sure the screws on the switch plates all went in the same direction!

Making your special touches work – Catherine (who is also a weaving artist) said, “Making this room uniquely mine was so important. I love how John worked with me to figure out how to install some artistic touches like my re-purposed door knobs (which are used as towel holders) and recycled glass lighting fixtures. Bathrooms can be much more than functional – they can be fun and personal!”

Re-purposed door knobs - how cool!

What do you think about this cottage style bathroom remodel? Which features do you like the best? Please comment below or call us to learn more about bathroom remodeling.


For a Cleveland bathroom remodeling project call Cleveland Design & Remodeling 216-658-1270. For unique nationwide bathroom remodeling products contact Innovate Building Solutions (877-668-5888).

Mike Foti

President of Innovate Building Solutions a nationwide supplier and regional (Cleveland and Columbus) remodeling contractors. Some of our product lines include glass counters, floors, backsplashes, glass blocks and grout free shower and tub wall panels

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