While the Kohler Signature Store showroom at 7 Tide was under construction last winter, and Kohler designer Ron Smith was working out of the Kohler Signature Store in Burlington, a young couple walked in needing some help with an urban bathroom. Their single-family Queen Anne Victorian home in the Spring Hill area of Somerville was built in the 1800s, and their tiny downstairs bathroom hadn’t been updated in decades. “I assisted them with questions they had about a specific product then offered our design services as an option,” says Smith. “That immediately piqued their interest as they seemed a bit overwhelmed as to where to begin and how to pull everything together.”
The husband and wife, who have one young child, knew they wanted to have a walk-in shower instead of the tub/shower combination, and they hoped the space could feel bigger. But they wanted guidance beyond that, so they opted for the Kohler in-home design service. Smith and a design assistant went out to the clients’ home to take measurements, consult about appropriate product for their project, and discuss different color schemes and finish preferences. Smith then put together a mood board, collected finish samples, and produced a product spec book, while the design assistant created 3D renderings of the space. “We then scheduled our design meeting back at the showroom to go over everything,” he says.
Smith’s plan turned a small, outdated bathroom into a contemporary open space. “The most challenging part was the size of the space,” he says of the room, which measured 5 feet by 5.5 feet. In order to utilize every precious square inch, Smith focused on incorporating Kohler product with smaller profiles, such as the Parigi pedestal sink and the Veil wall-hung toilet. “These homeowners were really a pleasure to work with,” says Smith, and they have told him more than once how much they love their new bathroom. “They have said that it feels twice as big and the bright white and blue/grey color scheme makes the space feel much more open.”