Nu'uanu Hawaii, Virtual Master Suite Make Over Part II: The Master Bath

Real Estate Agent with HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 RS-76763

Virtual Master Suite Make Over Part II: The Master Bath 

Virtual Master Suite Make Over Part I

JDS Consulting Before Pic


In continuation of our virtual master suite makeover we move to the bathroom of our Nu'uanu, Hawaii Condo project. Our clients have a tiled water closet in the master bath separating the bath and toilet from the vanity area which is carpeted. For this post and project we focused on the vanity area alone.

Renovating Kitchens and bathrooms traditionally returns the most money on your investment at the resale of the property. As Real Estate Merchandisers we advise are clients to maximize return by economizing on big ticket items like granite and hardwood by searching for on sale, discontinued or remnant products online and locally.

When it comes to the appraisal, granite is granite regardless of how much you paid for it. Spending a little time to see whats on sale can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars both pre and post sale of the property. The same goes for hardwood and fixtures.

Avoid buying the top of the line, most expensive products, instead select quality middle of the road fixtures that are easy to clean and made by reputable manufacturers. There are substantial savings to be made if you check online for close-outs and sales.



JDS Consulting- swatches


Our clients had decided to use Cherry hard wood in the kitchen remodel, and a dark oatmeal Berber throughout the condo. To coordinate those choices We compiled some options for flooring in the vanity area of the master bath to include a strawberry Coral Stone, cream Travertine, Eco-friendly Cork, and asymmetrical Slate tiles.

As they had yet to decide on the flooring for the Kitchen, entry, and hallways we suggested that whatever flooring was decided for those areas we would continue into the master bath vanity in replacement of the carpeting. We suggested a double vanity and Dark Cherry cabinets with granite or coral for a countertop in the Bath but suggested that a lighter stained Cherry could work as well in contrast with the Kitchen Cabinets.

The renderings below gave the client an idea of how the combination of different materials might work with various wall colors.

JDS Consulting: Hawaii Decor Design and Home Staging

When it came to fixtures we suggested brushed nickle for the faucets and drawer pulls and offered some online sale items that could be compared to local pricing(minus the shipping costs to Hawaii). JDS Consulting-Decor Design and Home Staging

The final result was a sophisticated bright and warm space that could withstand both home owners and renters wear and tear without too much maintenance needed. I suggested an Asian Art piece consisting of drooping golden Chrysanthemums by Thai Artist Luo Suya, who specializes in Chinese brush painting.


JDS Consulting-Decor Design and Home Staging

Nu'uanu Hawaii, Virtual Master Suite Make Over Part II: The Master Bath

JDS Consulting- Hawaii Home Staging and Decor Design. Providing Real Estate Merchandising services including: Home Staging, Interior Decor, Turn Key, Landscaping, Remodeling, & Open House Hosting. Diamond Head, Kahala, Waikiki, Kapahulu, Kailua, Makiki, Tantalus, Hawaii Kai, Manoa, Nu'uanu, Ala Moana, Waialua, Haleiwa, North Shore, Kapolei, Makaha, Honolulu.    Kimo Stowell Copyright ©2009

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Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

I like the last photo, it looks very upscale, like a spa bathroom!

Aug 10, 2009 03:41 PM #1
Julie A. Black
KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist - Kapaa, HI
CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker

I  like the asymmetrical slate flooring. I haven't seen it before. The cork is different too.

Aug 10, 2009 05:58 PM #2
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Cindy, mahalo for commenting. The last photo is what we suggested the client should shoot for.

Aloha Julie, thanks for stopping by. Cork has several different grains and colors, is relatively softer than other materials and is renewable and eco-friendly.

Aug 11, 2009 09:13 AM #3
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Kimo -- I love cork floors....recently staged a LEED Platinum home with cork floors on the lower level -- very soft undergfoot, yet sturdy and very easy to maintain.

Aug 11, 2009 03:04 PM #4
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

HI Kimo-Love Cork and it lasts forever!! I've been afraid to recommend Cork for baths because of water issues. How do you feel about this?? 

Aug 11, 2009 03:39 PM #5
Connie Tebyani
Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro - Calabasas, CA
Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County

Kimo, you're amazing. Love these transformations, but I had one question: How does the cork flooring stand up to the dampness and humidity of a master bathroom?  Would it be prone to absorb some of this moisture? 

(BTW - DID YOU GET IT?!?!?!)

Aug 12, 2009 02:08 AM #6
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Maureen, I've just recently started incorporating cork in my designs. It is very durable and easy to maintain and replace.

Aloha Cathy, a moisture barrier beneath the cork will provide the necessary protection from water needed in a bathroom or kitchen.

Aloha Connie, stain and a moisture barrier will take care of the dampness. (Yes, I got it thanks)

Aug 12, 2009 11:22 AM #7
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