From Drab to Fab

Published July 20, 2012

Transforming a very ordinary powder room into something quite extraordinary was no easy task for homeowner’s Sandi and Ammad Shorbaji. However, it was a challenge they were more than willing to embrace.

“We wanted to do the powder room first because we love to give dinner parties”, the Sandi remarked.

The couple hoped for a stylish yet functional powder room in their West Vancouver home. A room to impress their guests but still be efficient for everyday use.

To begin, a vanity was purchased from Countertops on West 1st. Avenue in North Vancouver. The company was extremely helpful with the design and suggested brushed chrome hardware for the handles. A “vessel” sink from American Standard was then added along with a brushed chrome “Rhythm” faucet by Delta. To tie the look together, the couple chose a beautiful granite countertop from Valley Master Mason in Abbotsford.

A sink template was given to Valley Master Mason ahead of time to ensure that the granite was cut around the exact size of the sink basin.

“We had a week before the vanity and granite were to be installed and so we tore everything out. We then mudded and sanded the walls and took a sample piece of our granite to Home Depot in order for them to match the tan brown hues for the wall colour”, she remarked.

For the floor, the couple chose and installed Byzentine 14 x 14 faux marble floor tiles over the existing tile and used a coloured “Brandy” grout.

To complete the classic look, the couple wished for a small mirror over the vanity and were able to purchase an inexpensive wood framed mirror from Linen and Things.

Perhaps one of the most intriguing features of the bathroom is the brushed chrome and Alabaster style light fixture, from Robinson Lighting, that sits over the mirror. “We chose this light fixture because we had the option of placing it upright or downward and we could return it if it did not work with the mirror”, she added.

Pictures and other accessories that now hang on the walls were gifts from friends and the couple felt it appropriate to hang them in the guest powder room.

In the end, the Shorbaji’s are very pleased with the results. The room now has a modern update with all the necessary requirements to be fully efficient.