Wyckoff Transitional / Contemporary Master BathroomTransitional Bathroom, New York

Ulrich Designer: Tom Santarsiero
Photography by Peter Rymwid
This is a master bath with subtle sophistication and understated elegance. The cabinets were custom designed by Tom, with straight, simple lines, and custom built by Draper DBS of walnut, with a deep, rich brown finish. The richness of the dark cabinetry juxtaposed with the elegance of the white carrara marble on the countertop, wall and floors contributes to the room's sophistication. Ample storage is found in the large vanity and an armoire style cabinet, designed to mimic a free-standing furniture piece, that is positioned behind the door. Architectural beams placed across the vaulted ceiling bring a sense of scale to the room and invite natural light in through the skylight.

Example of a transitional white tile bathroom design in New York with shaker cabinets, dark wood cabinets and an undermount tub —  Houzz
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deedeelouise wrote:Jun 25, 2014
  • lindalaurin
    Just purchased sconces almost identical to these ones from Restoration Hardware.
  • Ginger

    Are sconces supposed to match the faucet? Is it ok to have a black mount sconce, and brushed stainless faucet?

Barbara Kanter wrote:Mar 27, 2014
  • Barbara Kanter
    I looked again. Do I see marble sills. Nice accent.
  • Barbara Kanter
    The woodwork would look different than the walls because it's semi-gloss or glossy, but it also looks slightly whiter to me. The beauty is in the details. I notice them, but I can't design them from scratch. I would try to replicate the room but unfortunately shades need to be chosen for a particular room. One size doesn't fit all.
Lissa wrote:Mar 25, 2014
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc
    Dear K Luciano,

    The shelf cabinet is about 34" wide and 51" high. I built it myself in my home woodshop (along with the wainscot panel assembly below the tub deck) and our carpenter installed it within the rough opening he had framed in the wall.

    The casing that frames the opening of the cabinet was also installed in the shop. When the cabinet is slid into the opening, the casing covers the unfinished edges of the cut out, just like the casing on a door covers the gap between the door jamb and the wall. The clients' painter finished up by painting the unit on site as he was painting the room.

    Tom Santarsiero
    Ulrich, Inc.
  • Kelly Luciano
    Thanks so much!!!! I am having a hard time finding something prefab so I might have to build it. I love how it looks!!!!!
rickdoll wrote:Jan 26, 2014
  • businesswomen440
    My client is worried about feeling the center drain while bathing. Any feedback on that?
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc
    Businesswoman440,

    My clients have not reported any issue with the drain being in the center, and the tub has been in use for nearly 18 months.

    Tom Santarsiero
    Ulrich, Inc.
harriett51 wrote:Nov 11, 2013
  • tolsie
    Loving this vanity .... Doing a big project and would be interested in a price?
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc
    Hello tolsie,

    The 5-cabinets comprising the vanity run, including miscellaneous trim elements such as end panels, square legs and moldings, was approximately $16,600.00, installed. That was nearly two years ago. Walnut was the wood species which is a premium selection and the finish was a multi-step process which also carried an additional premium. While both of these choices added to the cost, they also added immeasurably to the rich and elegant look of the room, which is what so many on Houzz have found so appealing. That said, there are many choices in wood species and finish available from the manufacturer.

    In addition to the vanity cabinetry, the 2-recessed medicine cabinets were about $1,100.00 each. They include the mirrored doors, mirrored interior backs and glass shelves. Attached is a picture of the interior of one of the units.

    If you need anything further, feel free to contact me directly.

    Tom Santarsiero
    Ulrich, Inc.
    201-445-1260
juliejane11 wrote:Dec 12, 2014
  • ldwb

    Who makes the sconces?

  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc

    Hi ldwb, The sconces are from O'lampia Studio Inc, 155 Bowery, NY, NY. Thanks for your interest! --Ulrich, Inc.

Susan Mesa wrote:Oct 2, 2014
  • giamcc
    MASTER bath room
  • PRO
    thebuilderdepot
    A great choice for a bathroom floor. The smaller 1" Hexagon here provides great traction for the floor. The 1" has more grout lines than a traditional 12x12" and it is the grout that provides the traction creating a perfect anti-slip floor.

    With a 1" Hexagon you can use the 1" Hexagon honed or polished as it is actually the grout and not the stone that provides the traction and as the grout is equal on both finishes both work equally well.

    Pictures are attached of our 1" Hexagon. Priced from $10.95 a square foot. We also offer a 2", 3", 4" and 5" Hexagon. We are pretty crazy about Hexagon. Our prices are valid thru 2014 and can be found online here: http://www.thebuilderdepot.com/hexagon-mosaic.html

    A border is a great idea as well. We actually sell a 4x12" Carrara tile for $8.00SF which is a perfect size for a border available in honed and polished: http://www.thebuilderdepot.com/cacbihoned4x12.html
debschef wrote:May 25, 2014
  • debschef
    Thanks so very much for the detailed information. We are using maple so the color wouldnt look the same, but the process you used is very helpful for us in deciding how to finish our piece. I really appreciate your time!
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc
    You are very welcome! All the best! Tom Santarsiero
Beneath Northern Skies wrote:Jan 28, 2014
  • Tracy Skar
    What are the dimensions of just the vanity cabinet?
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc
    Hi Tracy,

    The run of vanity cabinets is 93-1/2", which includes the legs at each end. There is another 3-drawer base cabinet to the left of the left-hand sink which, in the photo, is concealed by the corner of the shower.

    Tom Santarsiero
    Ulrich, Inc.
munit wrote:Oct 23, 2013
  • rbeneke

    What is the finish on the Square Bar Pulls in the center drawers?

  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc

    Hi rbeneke, All of the pulls are in polished nickel. Thanks for your interest!

    --Ulrich, Inc.

jhokane wrote:Jul 15, 2014
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc
    Hi J,

    The run of vanity cabinets is 93-1/2", which includes the legs at each end. There is another 3-drawer base cabinet to the left of the left-hand sink which, in the photo, is concealed by the corner of the shower.

    Tom Santarsiero
    Ulrich, Inc
  • jhokane
    Thank you Tom. The bathroom is exquisite.
Betty W. wrote:Mar 12, 2018
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc

    Hi Betty, The wall tile, floor tile and counter tops are all honed carrara marble. Thanks for asking! --Ulrich, Inc.

Koray illeez wrote:May 5, 2017
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc

    Hi decoreye1, Please email our Marketing Manager at lalvino@ulrichinc.com about this. Thanks for your interest! ---Ulrich, Inc.

Kathryn Myles wrote:Apr 10, 2016
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc

    Hi Kamlyles, The sconses are from O'lampia Studio Inc., 155 Bowery, NY, NY. Thanks for your interest! ---Ulrich, Inc.

eladziadel wrote:Mar 11, 2016
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc

    Hi eladziadel, It is a multi-step commercial stain and top coat finish on walnut formulated by our cabinet manufacturer, Draper/DBS. The only thing I can tell you is that if you were trying to replicate it on your own, you would have to start with walnut as the wood specie, apply a dark stain as a base color coat, let that thoroughly dry, then apply 2 barrier coats of un-waxed shellac like Zinsser's Bull's Eye Seal Coat. Lightly rub that down with with 320-grit sandpaper, then apply a deeper-color gel stain, such as Old Masters brand, which acts as a toner to even out the base color and darken it to your liking. The Old Masters has a strong odor with harmful fumes, so wear a respirator (not simply a dust mask) specified for paints, mists and chemical coatings.

    After that, I would use a wipe-on polyurethane, at least 6 coats, in the sheen level you prefer. You can buy wipe-on poly or make your own by diluting regular poly with 50% mineral spirits. By wiping on thinned coats, you get much better control of the application, but you have to double the number of coats to get the build that you'll need. The poly will dry relatively fast. Depending on the size of the project, and if you provide good air circulation, you should be able to apply 3-coats in a day. For an applicator, I like to use white paper shop towels that come in a box from home centers. They are lint-free, inexpensive and can easily be folded into a square pad to apply the finish in smooth, even and continuous "pulls."

    Good luck!

    Tom Santarsiero
    Ulrich, Inc.

Julie wrote:Oct 15, 2015
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc

    Hello Julie,

    Thank you for the compliment! I love this room, and so do my clients. The mirrored doors are 18" x 36" with walnut frame surrounds that are 3" wide. The mirrors are 1/4" thick and are mounted to a 3/4" thick plywood door with concealed Euro hinges. And yes, the 36" height lent itself to the look I was after. You can't tell very well from the picture, but the marble subway tile on the wall runs vertically, again to accentuate the height of the room.

    I actually built these cabinets in addition to designing the room. In the fabricating, I took into account that 1/4" mirror weighs about 9-lbs. per square foot. That, coupled with the weight of the plywood door, made the 18" x 36" size about as large as I felt comfortable making given the use of 3-hinges inside. They make thinner mirror, but I never use it as it tends to distort the reflected images.

    Last winter, for the same clients, I took an over-sized hall bath and converted it into 2 baths, one for the hall and one for an adjoining guest room. I mention this only because my clients had liked these cabinets so much that in the new hall bath they asked me to replicate what I had done previously. A picture of it is below.

    Best wishes on your project and if I can be of further help, let me know.

    Tom Santarsiero, Ulrich, Inc.

    tsantarsiero@ulrichinc.com

ckiley1372 wrote:Jun 2, 2015
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc

    Hi ckiley1372, It is Kohler's "Reve" tub designed for an undermount installation. Thanks for your interest! --Ulrich, Inc.

ema613 wrote:Feb 25, 2015
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc

    Hi Ema, The shelf cabinet is about 34" wide and 51" high. Our designer built it himself (along with the wainscot panel assembly below the tub deck) and our carpenter installed it within the rough opening he had framed in the wall.

    The casing that frames the opening of the cabinet was also installed in the shop. When the cabinet is slid into the opening, the casing covers the unfinished edges of the cut out, just like the casing on a door covers the gap between the door jamb and the wall. The clients' painter finished up by painting the unit on site as he was painting the room.

    Thanks for your interest! --Ulrich, Inc.

kdb23 wrote:Feb 4, 2015
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc

    Hi kdb23, The drawers are 14" wide. The pulls are from the Nouveau III collection of manufacturer Top Knobs. They are #M1285 - Square Bar Pull 6-5/16" in Polished Nickel. Thanks for your interest! --Ulrich, Inc.

Lauren Hubbard wrote:Feb 2, 2015
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc

    Hi Lauren, The mirrors are gorgeous, aren't they?! They are recessed medicine cabinets which designer and woodworker Tom Santarsiero custom built himself for this project. As there is inaccessible attic space beyond the wall into which the cabinets are set, he was able to make them about 5" deep overall. Each cabinet has an electrical receptacle within as well. He integrated walnut stock supplied by our cabinet manufacturer, Draper/DBS, creating in essence a picture frame through which the cabinet mounts. Thanks for asking! --Ulrich, Inc.

threecalais wrote:Nov 18, 2014
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc
    Hi threeclais, Yes, the custom wains paneling on the tub face was made to coordinate with the vanity door style. Thanks for your interest! --Ulrich, Inc.
rolltide54 wrote:Oct 11, 2014
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc
    Rolltide54,

    Those pulls are available from Top Knobs, topknobs.com. They are in their "Asbury" collection.

    Tom Santarsiero
    Ulrich, Inc.
amanzella wrote:Mar 30, 2014
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc
    Dear Amanzella,

    The vanity was my design and crafted by Draper/DBS, for whom we are the dealer here in northern New Jersey.

    Tom Santarsiero
    Ulrich, Inc.
    201-445-1260
hazel06 wrote:Mar 28, 2014
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc
    Dear Hazel 06,

    Thank you for your interest.

    The tub is cast iron and sits right on the plywood subfloor. The floor frame consists of 1-3/4" x 9-1/4" wood I-joists which are stiffer than the equivalent 2x10 dimension lumber. Also, being immediately adjacent to the exterior wall provides additional support. If it were in the middle of a long joist span, then I would have beefed-up the floor frame to stiffen it for the additional load.

    Regarding the undermount installation, once we set the tub, we framed a 2x4 knee wall at the long front edge with ledger boards at the remaining 3 sides. The marble deck, pieced at the corners, is then templated and installed, spanning from the ledgers and knee wall, to the top edge of the tub. That model of Kohler's "Reve" tub is designed for an undermount installation and has a relatively flat top rim. That said, castings are never perfectly flat, that is there is usually some measure of crown or twist to the rim. It does not lie in an even plane. My recollection is that this particular tub was not out by much., so shimming of the stone was minimal

    Once the stone was installed, the wainscot panel assembly which I had built myself, was installed and trimmed-out along the front.

    Tom Santarsiero
    Ulrich, Inc.
    201-445-1260
merles51 wrote:Feb 23, 2014
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc
    Hi Merles51,

    The toilet is located off the extreme bottom right corner of the picture. The entry door is around the corner from the shower at the left end of the vanity. If you look carefully, a portion of the door and its hinges can be seen reflected in the left hand vanity mirror.

    Tom Santarsiero
    Ulrich, Inc.
launnene wrote:Jan 20, 2014
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc
    Hi Launnene,
    Thank you! I'm glad you like the bathroom.

    The mirrors are the doors of recessed medicine cabinets which I personally built in my home shop for this project. They are 20" x 36". In addition to the mirrored doors, each cabinet has a surrounding mitered frame of finished walnut stock from our cabinet manufacturer, Draper/DBS. I took their material, mitered and joined it together, much like a picture frame, and attached those frames to the cabinet boxes. Our carpenter then slid each entire assembly into their respective openings in the previously tiled wall.

    The cabinets have mirrored interior backs and adjustable glass shelves. As requested by my clients, each also contains an electrical receptacle. Attached is a photo of the interior of the left hand cabinet. The receptacle, not visible, is on the right side.

    If I can be of further help, don't hesitate to get in touch.

    Tom Santarsiero
    Ulrich, Inc.
    201-445-1260
nmtclose wrote:Jan 20, 2014
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc
    Hi,

    Thank you for tour compliment. Yes, the 12x12 carrara marble tiles run from floor to ceiling in the shower. Likewise, the shower ceiling is tiled. Both details are something I do as standard practice for both aesthetic and practical reasons. The tile edges were bullnosed on site by our very talented tile craftsman.

    Tom Santarsiero
    Ulrich, Inc.
Gloria William wrote:Dec 2, 2013
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc
    Hi Gloria, The sconces are from O'lampia Studio Inc, 155 Bowery, NY, NY. Apologies for the tardy reply! --Tom at Ulrich, Inc.
Gloria William wrote:Dec 1, 2013
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc
    Hello Gloria,

    You have a keen eye. The wall tile is indeed Carrara with a honed finish. The tile behind the vanity is 3x12. It's installed vertically in what's called a running bond, i.e. each tile in a given course is offset from the tile of the adjacent course. This offset is usually half a tile, typical of what you'd see in a subway tile horizontal layout. Here though, I elected to offset each tile course by 4", one-third the length of a given tile. It's a subtle change-up that makes for a more unique look than what you would normally see. I got the tile from Wayne Tile's Design Center in Ramsey, NJ, 201-825-8000, and my contact person there is Chris Groen. He's terrific to work with and has a great eye.

    The sconces were purchased by the homeowners directly from a source in Manhattan called O'lampia Studio, Inc., at 155 Bowery. I do not have any contact information.

    If I can be of any further help, please let me know.

    Tom Santarsiero
    Ulrich, Inc.
    201-445-1260
Jeannette Watson wrote:Sep 28, 2013
  • PRO
    Ulrich Inc
    Ms Watson- Thank you for your compliment! It was a great job for terrific clients. The vanity, which is comprised of 5-cabinets and 2-square legs, is 93" overall in width. There is another 3-drawer base cabinet out of view to the left of the left-hand sink. Tom Santarsiero, Ulrich, Inc.
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      northernharrier wrote:Feb 25, 2016

        What Houzzers are commenting on:

        eva_m_sajdak
        Eva McG added this to 3rd Floor Master Bath7 days ago

        If we could make t he open shelves closed this would be awesome for all my shampoo etc.

        natsyd
        natsyd added this to Spec HouseDec 3, 2019

        wood to match the closet shelving = simple hexagon floor

        chokito
        chokito added this to Samantha’s HomeNov 30, 2019

        The dark timber against the light grey tiles

        cdumestre
        Christine Dumestre added this to cdumestre's ideasNov 26, 2019

        Like color and style of vanity for master

        webuser_435986113
        Flo H added this to master bathNov 24, 2019

        do like either framed mirrors or mirrors on a tiled or painted wall.

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