1939, Two-Story Colonial

On the second floor of this home in St. Anthony Park, the primary second-floor bathroom is remodeled to fit the everyday needs of a family of four.  The blue bathroom design is elevated with an elegant and calming gray and white palette. And new functional features throughout help daily routines easier.


Refreshing & Calming Color Palette

Instead of a traditional white tile, we opted for a Smoke Gray, 4×8 subway tile. To add visual interest, it was stacked vertically in between the accent border tile and laid horizontally below.  Lastly, a vibrant and eye-catching Ancient Cordoba porcelain floor tile elevates the blue bathroom design. 


Craftmanship Details

To match the storage cabinet over the toilet, the medicine cabinet was built custom to create a cohesive design.  Because this bathroom is right off of the bedrooms, it gets a lot of daily use, so the more storage options, the better!

Before & After

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A Focal Point

An old-school console sink is swapped with a Kensington Blue vanity that is more suitable for the space. The curvature in the countertop was added to the sink so we could fit it next to the existing window. It also adds softness and dimension to the space. Compared to before, the family has a lot more counter space and drawer storage. The drawers and door use soft-close hinges which reduce noise and prolong the life of the vanity. 


No Room for Error

In the shower, an unusual ceiling puts our tiling skills to the test, but the team prevails! Due to an existing roof line, we needed to work around the sloped ceiling area in the shower. These tricky angles in the ceiling required a full tile layout mockup and cutting lines at critical angles to fit just right. On the left is a custom shower niche to accommodate larger bottles and perfectly tie out with grout lines.

Before & After

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New Functional Features

In the shower, there is a new recessed light. Adding lighting in the shower is nice for reading labels but is also a great wake-up call when you have a full day ahead. You may also notice that we changed the positioning of the grab bar to a more strategic location to help prevent slipping. A new spray attachment is great for rinsing hard-to-reach places. It’s also great for rinsing the dog off after playing in the mud!

Team Credits

Designer: Valerie Hill
Project Manager: Jack McGrath
Lead Carpenter: Wayne Holmberg

Photos: Troy Thies

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Top-Notch Team

Ben Quie and Sons have done a number of projects for us, one of which was our upstairs bathroom. I love how it turned out. The entire team is top-notch, trustworthy, and show up on time.

~ Katherine Quie