Recently BUILD finished up a nice little condominium interior which introduces several new products to the palette. We’ve put together a brief roster of several materials, products and methods that may be of interest. With the condominium boom here in the northwest, several of these items seem to lend well to a kit-of-parts for condominium upgrades. As with any project, a successful end product can largely be credited to extraordinary homeowners and a contractor that slaved over the details.
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1. Henrybuilt VGC bamboo cabinets with under-mount puck lights at uppers
2. Henrybuilt d-pull stainless steel hardware
3. Sub-Zero 700BC 2-drawer under-counter refrigerator/freezer with integral panels to match cabinets.
4. Light shelf with painted wood valiance and concealed Juno TL102 on Juno Trac 12 system
5. Juno Trac 12 system with Juno TL112 adjustable heads. This is a clean, low-profile track system for a concrete lid where it’s not possible to recess the track into the ceiling.
6. Caesarstone 2430 “Tequila Sunrise” countertops, 3mm thick at counter, 2mm thick at backsplash. Be cautious of the local distributors and installers of this product. We found that the Caesarstone recommended local supplier wasn’t detail oriented enough for a project of this precision.
7. Kahrs “Genua City” 2-strip maple wood flooring over Dura-son acoustical pad. Acoustical pads are typically required in high-rise condominiums; so far the “Dura” line of products has done a good job of meeting these requirements.
8. 1” x 1” solid maple base to match flooring. We find that in smaller spaces the smaller trim helps with the overall scale of the room.
9. Grohe Single Spray Pull-out, 32 170
10. Raeco concrete skim coat on existing concrete column. The original idea was to leave the existing concrete shear walls of the building exposed. Because of the poor finish quality of the existing walls they were enveloped with ¾” Wonderboard and topped with a Raeco base coat. Two Raeco skim coats were then applied and sanded to achieve the finished product.
11. Raumplus S3000 aluminum sliding door system with 6mm diffused white glass – these “sliding walls” hide all of the various closet functions (washer, dryer, furnace) behind a continuous run of sleek, sliding glass walls. The doors are backlit with Alkco fluorescent ceiling mounted strip lights for that glowing look. The doors include a double top track and a recessed routed floor track flush with the floor. The local rep here in Seattle is Pedini.
12. Schluter aluminum edge profiles between wood floor and tile.
13. Pental Lagos Blue limestone
14. Custom frameless glass enclosure & glass door with minimal chrome hinges by Distinctive Glass here in Seattle.
15. Robern recessed flat mirror door cabinets.
16. Alkco LIN40 150 watt linear incandescent wall mount lights. The Aamsco Alinea line is also a good option.
17. CR Laurence BM series Chrome towel bars. These also come in a trim-less version that can be mounted to glass shower enclosure walls.
18. Toto CST414 toilet
19. Lacava Aquaplane #5066 box sink. Be cautious with porcelain sinks from Lacava – the dimensions on their website specs don’t take into account the inaccuracies and tolerances of fired products like these sinks; subsequently dimensions were off by as much as ¾”. For dimensional accuracy we recommend looking into some of the hybrid plastic products out there like Wetsytle.
20. Omnia 025 passage stainless steel lever with (3) Stanley 4 ½” x 4” stainless steel hinges
21. Grohe Essence 32 216 Chrome faucet and 28 871 shower faucet
22. Pental ES#19 5/8” tall x 1-7/8” wide matte finish glass tile with 2% clear finish mixed in at random pattern, mounted horizontally. Glass tiles are more brittle than ceramic tiles and break easily, it takes an accomplished tile setter to work with the product and get the tile grid in alignment with the geometry of the space. The perfect alignment of the recessed shelf and the tile grid takes a great amount of coordination between the carpenter and tile setter (one of the same on this project).
The general contractor on the project is Keith Griffin of Griffin Construction.