Union Hardware, 7800 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, 301-654-7810; 7505-M Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, 703-893-4444; unionhardware.com. A third-generation family business, Union Hardware—a top choice of designers and architects—stocks sinks, toilets, faucets, furniture, and mirrors.
Washington Design Center, 300 D St., SW; dcdesigncenter.com. Among the 55 showrooms in the Design Center, open to the public, you’ll find high-end and cutting-edge cabinetry, flooring, tile, and fixtures. Showrooms include Studio Snaidero (202-484-8066) for contemporary European styles; DeZahra (202-234-7287) for handcrafted tile—particularly mosaic, limestone, semiprecious marble, and reclaimed ceramics; and Clive Christian (202-314-5700) and Wood-Mode (202-266-0600) for beautiful woods.
Waterworks, 3314 M St., NW; 202-333-7180; waterworks.com. The Georgetown branch of this national retailer has modern, high-end bath fixtures, sinks, and tubs. The store also carries a wide selection of accessories such as stools, bathside tables, washstands, and medicine cabinets.
W.T. Weaver & Sons, 1208 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-4200; weaverhardware.com. Since 1889, this fourth-generation business has carried decorative hardware, plumbing, fixtures, and accessories that run the gamut from classic to contemporary.
American Institute of Architects, 800-242-3837; aia.org. Its educational Web site has a searchable database of architects, sample contracts, and questions to ask before starting a project. The three local chapters—DC (aiadc.com), Northern Virginia (aianova.org), and Maryland (aiamd.org)—also provide information on finding and hiring architects.
National Association of the Remodeling Industry, 800-611-6274; nari.org. This Web site’s homeowners section has lots of free advice on remodeling, including budgeting and choosing the right professional. There’s also a database of contractors.
National Kitchen & Bath Association, 800-843-6522; nkba.org. In addition to a searchable database of designers, this association’s Web site offers lots of information on trends as well as ways to maximize space and cut costs. The Inspiration Gallery—a slide show of sleek kitchens and baths—is a good place to get design ideas.Back to Great Bathrooms