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Four entries in the 2010 BAMP ‘Housing Excellence Awards’

Pittsburgh bathroom designMaster Remodelers has submitted four Pittsburgh home remodeling projects for consideration in the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh annual contest:  a bathroom, two kitchens and a home addition.

(image:  our 3-D architectural design for our 2010 BAMP contest bathroom entry)

We’re keeping our fingers crossed and hoping to add to the 14 awards we’ve previously won for home remodeling in the region and nationally.  Take a look at these four projects—our most recent additions to our portfolio


Highland Park bathroom

Pittsburgh-bathroom-remodel-3This couple in Pittsburgh’s Highland Park neighborhood cherishes their historic Tudor home, but didn’t like the style of the bathroom renovations inherited from the previous owner. (before/left & after/right photos here)

Both physicians, they were also concerned about using healthy products and other “green” solutions in the renovation.


Arnold-bathroom-remodel-1Making the most of a small space was the big challenge for this bathroom remodeling project. A custom, site-built tile shower replaced a standard tub/shower unit.  It features an angled glass corner which allows more space in the toilet and sink area and brings more light into the shower.


The design reflects Craftsman style touches found in the rest of the house. A local artisan built a custom vanity and a medicine cabinet from locally grown walnut with an inset of Kirei board (recycled sorghum straw).


Arnold bathroom remodel-2Three different Crossville Porcelain Stone tile surfaces add a warm earthy quality, while being more wear resistant than slate, marble or granite.  A subtle Japanese touch appears in the bathroom wall tiling, which features an abstract bamboo motif.

‘Green’ features include:

Low flow showerhead and faucets, dual flushing toilet, low VOC paints, no-formaldehyde woods and particle boards, and a new air seal for the window.  Existing interior trim was recycled.

Partial product listing:  Hansgrohe and Jalco faucets, Cambria Quartz countertop and backsplash, Ronbow sink, Crossville EcoCycle recycled glass tile, and Benjamin Moore Aura low VOC paint.

A second bathroom

Pittsburgh bathroom remodelingIn the same home, a second bathroom was remodeled at the same time, but has not been submitted for the contest.  Here are some before/left and after/right photos of that project.

Pittsburgh bathroom remodeling 2Notice the fine floor and wall tile craftsmanship and new stained glass window.




Two kitchens:  in Squirrel Hill and in Mt. Lebanon

two Pittsburgh kitchen remodelsThe Squirrel Hill kitchen (right) has already won in the 2010 Post-Gazette “Renovation Inspiration Contest.”

Mt. Lebanon kitchen remodel with ownerRead more about these on our website:  Squirrel Hill kitchen and Mt. Lebanon kitchen. Also watch our first VIDEO on the second link or click on the photo to the right.  It’s a great testimonial by the Mt. Lebanon home owner.


A home addition in Mt. Lebanon

Hayes home additionThis Mt. Lebanon couple wanted two things from a home addition and renovation:  a powder room on the first floor and replacement of the vinyl siding that detracted from the Tudor heritage of their home.

The major part of this remodel is a modest 6’ x 14’ addition to the home to create the new foyer and bathroom. On the exterior it features a recycled curved slate roof to match the existing one over the side porch. On the second and third exterior stories low maintenance concrete panels and Azek PVC trim replaced vinyl siding to give a stucco appearance.

Hayes_porch_additionThe roof also covers a new front porch with custom corbels and railing, again to match existing side porch detail.


A Tudor-arched warm mahogany custom door welcomes everyone and features distressed hardware for an antique look.

home addition entrywayThe new interior spaces also echo the Tudor heritage, including with the mahogany entry door and an archway framing the foyer.


Slate tile in the foyer and powder room complements the woodwork in both rooms and offers a fine brushed, silken texture with subtle streaks of silver and gold.



Japanese bathroom sinkThe powder room is value added in this neighborhood, since most of the homes do not have one on the first floor. This room shows some Asian influence since both the wife and designer are Japanese. Perhaps this is most noticeable in the weathered edge sink and the brushed bronze wall mount faucet. Great care was taken to coordinate all of the earth tone materials in the room.

Partial product listing:  Zerra slate tile on interior floors, custom Sapele wood cabinet, Pocono Green Granite counter, hand crafted Aviana sink, Kohler faucet and dual flushing toilet, African mahogany custom door by Somerset Door & Column with Baldwin hardware.

Master_Remodelers_DifferenceCall 412-341-6585 today to discuss your Dream for your home remodeling.  Or email us your questions.


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