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Designing a Dream Bath
Comments () | Published March 1, 2009

Boffi, 3320 M St., NW; 202-333-7555; This Georgetown showroom offers Boffi’s Italian line of contemporary fixtures and accessories. Design services are available for its products, which include tubs, cabinetry, and faucets.

The Brass Knob Architectural Antiques, 2311 18th St., NW, 202-332-3370; the Brass Knob Back Doors Warehouse, 57 N St., NW, 202-265-0587; These two shops specialize in antiques and salvage. The Adams Morgan showroom offers accessories and lighting from the late 19th to mid-20th century. The Warehouse stocks antique clawfoot tubs as well as toilets and sinks from the same period.

Classic Floor Designs, 2120 L St., NW; 202-872-9860; In its 5,000-square-foot showroom, this company offers hardwood, vinyl, stone, rubber, and even leather flooring. It sells an ecofriendly wood-flooring line and has done floors for the Oval Office and the Vice President’s residence.

Concrete Jungle, 4510-J Metropolitan Ct., Frederick; 301-874-1001; Artisans fabricate and install custom concrete vanity tops, shower surrounds, shower benches, sinks, and floor and wall tile. They also offer ecofriendly concrete.

Design Tile, 8455-B Tyco Rd., Vienna; 703-734-8211; This showroom’s wide selection of tile is arranged by color and composition for easier selection. It specializes in tile, stone, and glass and has interior designers on staff.

Donna Marie Collection, 6931 Arlington Rd., Suite C-2, Bethesda; 301-913-9113; Formerly Bartley Tile Concepts, the store has a wide selection of high-end stone, glass, and hand-painted ceramic tiles, both imported and its own line.

Ferguson, dozens of area locations; Designers recommend this national chain for sinks, toilets, tubs, and faucets in all price ranges.

Firuze, 5650 General Washington Dr., Alexandria; 703-663-1190; This 22,000-square-foot showroom carries a large selection of tiles imported from Turkey, owner Fatih Guner’s native country. Glazed porcelain tiles are the most popular. Tiles range from $3 to $24 a square foot. The shop also carries bathroom and kitchen furniture.

Marble Systems, 2737 Dorr Ave., Fairfax; 703-204-1818; Natural stone—including granite, slate, limestone, marble, and travertine—comes in a wide variety of surface finishes including polished, rustic, chiseled, and antique.

Marblex, 2926 Prosperity Ave., Fairfax; 703-698-5595; A fabricator, importer, and installer specializing in custom stonework for counters, floors, shower walls, and seats. The showroom features marble, granite, limestone, and quartz as well as ecofriendly recycled stone.

Marmara, 1125 Okie St., NE; 202-635-4292; The only stone fabricator in the District, Marmara carries granite, marble, limestone, onyx, travertine, soapstone, and environmentally friendly materials such as recycled glass and locally quarried stone. The 20-year-old business does design and installation.

Mosaic Tile Company, 8400-E Hilltop Rd., Fairfax, 703-280-4300; 14801 Willard Rd., Suite 400, Chantilly, 703-631-4848; 11724 Parklawn Dr., Rockville, 301-881-2520; In business nearly 40 years, Mosaic offers a large selection of tiles from Europe and Central and South America. Among lots of mosaic choices, there are 47 ecofriendly tile lines.

Noland Co. Bath & Idea Center, 4972 Boiling Brook Pkwy., Rockville; 301-881-4225; This local showroom features plumbing, sinks, lighting, shower doors, and more.

Porcelanosa, 725 Rockville Pike, Rockville; 301-294-8193; Specializing in porcelain and ceramic tiles from Spain, this family-owned company has an 8,000-square-foot showroom in the Rockville Marlo store. A staff of four designers helps customers. The shop also has toilets, showers, and vanities.

R. Bratti Associates, 401 E. Glebe Rd., Alexandria; 703-549-1135; This fourth-generation firm has worked on Washington landmarks including the Pentagon and the Kennedy Center. It specializes in granite, marble, and limestone for custom vanities and showers.

Renaissance Tile & Bath, 816 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria; 703-549-7806; This national high-end chain carries an extensive collection of decorative, limestone, and marble tiles as well as basic plumbing and bath products. Customers can make an appointment for a free consultation with one of four staff designers, who can do everything from matching tile to existing pieces to mapping out a full remodel.

Restoration Hardware, Georgetown, 202-625-2771; Alexandria, 703-299-6220; Tysons Corner Center, 703-821-9655; Columbia, 410-772-8070; Shoppers can outfit an entire bathroom at this national chain, where fixtures, towels, furniture, and lighting are defined by a soothing, spalike design.

Stone Source, 1400 16th St., NW; 202-265-5900; The DC outpost of this Manhattan-based chain stocks mostly high-end porcelain in its 2,500-square-foot showroom.

Thos. Somerville Co., full showrooms include 6535 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, 703-584-1500; 2349 Solomons Island Rd., Annapolis, 410-266-1122; and 99 N. Langley Rd., Glen Burnie, 410-760-2801; The 12,000-square-foot Falls Church showroom is one of the largest in the Mid-Atlantic. Browse through working displays of tubs, toilets, and sinks to find everything from exhaust fans and mirrors to design-your-own faucets and digitally controlled showers.

The Tile Shop, 6715 Spring Mall Rd., Springfield, 703-971-0169; 15142 Frederick Rd., Rockville, 301-610-5070; This Minnesota-based company has more than 40 massive showrooms nationwide; the one in Springfield measures 30,000 square feet and features dozens of vignettes. The shops carry everything from natural stone to do-it-yourself tools.


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