This master bath in Chevy Chase by Tabor Design Build features a Waterworks chrome washstand, marble counter, Kohler sinks, and a tub that was bought as salvage and reglazed.
Architects and interior designers also can create the bathroom of your dreams. The businesses recommended here specialize in bathrooms or have good staff designers certified by the National Kitchen & Bath Association.
Alexandria Kitchen & Bath Studio
1502 King St., Alexandria; 703-549-1415
Everything from design to materials to installation is handled in-house. The design staff specializes in the traditional styles of Old Town houses; master carpenter and owner Georges Delaume does the installations. Prices start in the low $30,000s.
Anthony Wilder Design/Build
7913 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John; 301-907-0100
With a staff of five architects and one interior designer, this firm is known for its clean, classic, but updated style. You'll find natural stone and glass in many of its bathrooms as well as windows to "bring the outside inside," says designer Shannon Kadwell. A recent master-bath project included a sauna, dressing room, coffee bar, makeup room, and laundry area. Prices range from $50,000 to $400,000.
4701 Sangamore Rd., Suite 40, Bethesda; 701 Park Ave., Falls Church; 800-513-2250
This 50-year-old firm specializes in traditional and practical design, says executive vice president Bill Millholland. It offers green-design products such as recycled tiles, WaterSense faucets, and dual-flush toilets. Master baths range from $40,000 to $70,000, with powder rooms typically $12,000 to $16,000.
Dee David & Co.
by appointment, Falls Church; 703-560-6601
For more than 30 years, designer Dee David has focused on her Virginia clients' goals and style: "We're not one to say, 'Pick from column A and column B.' We work with clients and get them what they want." David often incorporates safety into her designs by installing grab bars and slip-resistant surfaces.
1598-C Whitehall Rd., Annapolis; 410-757-6100
Owner Joni Zimmerman's classic designs utilize spaces big or small. "I try to make a small bathroom look airy and spacious, but not so big that it's cold and chilly," she says. Frequent elements include light or neutral tiles and warm-colored vanities and cabinets.
Harvey's Kitchens & Baths
22560 Glenn Dr., Suite 115, Sterling; 703-444-0871
This 34-year-old firm creates custom baths ranging from traditional to contemporary. Designer Kara Reinertsen says neutral colors have been popular requests of late, allowing for a simple, open design. Also favored: furniture-type vanities, clawfoot tubs, and white and black marble tiles.
Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath
6935 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-657-2500
Bathroom specialist Carolyn Thomas creates baths of varying styles, from modern to Georgian. Named Qualified Remodeler magazine's 2010 Master Design Gold Award winner for bathrooms over $50,000, Thomas recently renovated the bathrooms in the principal suite of Blair House, where heads of state stay in DC.
Kitchen & Bath Factory
4624 Lee Hwy., Arlington; 703-522-7337
Designers at this 31-year-old firm focus on remodeling small bathrooms into functional spaces, using every inch. In a recent project, moving the sink almost tripled the vanity size to eight feet. The company offers a coating for shower doors called Diamond Fusion Glass Protectant, which reduces hard-water spots and mineral stains and allows for easy cleaning. Baths range from $15,000 to $23,000.
The Kitchen Guild,
Northwest DC, 202-362-7111; Fairfax, 703-323-3900; McLean, 703-893-8900; Alexandria, 703-518-500
The company's popular predesigned BathExpress package is 30 to 50 percent less expensive than its custom-bath remodel and takes only five to seven business days for installation. BathExpress services typically run $12,000 to $20,000.
Reico Kitchen & Bath
Bethesda, 301-654-6000; Falls Church, 703-748-0700; Springfield, 703-914-4900; Annapolis, 410-571-8400
This 59-year-old company is the exclusive distributor of Harborview bath furniture, which comes in traditional and cottage styles. Reico designs with green-friendly products such as Moen faucets and Sea Gull lighting.
212 N. West St., Falls Church; 703-385-9441
This design/build/supply firm's staff of designers, plumbers, carpenters, and electricians guts and renovates bathrooms. Showroom brands include Kohler and Fisher.
Tabor Design Build
15740 Crabbs Branch Way, Rockville; 301-417-6570
Designer Peggy Card once owned a ceramic-tile and natural-stone showroom, which gave her lots of experience with those materials. The firm claims to finish construction in less time and with less stress than competitors because of careful planning.
Tunis Kitchen & Bath Showroom
7032 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-652-5513
This respected firm, which has been around about 50 years, creates custom baths ranging from traditional to contemporary to European. Steam showers are a specialty, says bathroom expert Mark Watson. Powder rooms start at $10,000.
This article appears in the May 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.