Renaissance Tile & Bath
816 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria; 703-549-7806.
Based in Atlanta, this high-end chain has design consultants on staff to help consumers with the large selection of tile and stone.
1400 16th St., NW; 202-265-5900.
Natural stone, ceramic, glass, and porcelain tile as well as recycled and engineered materials and reclaimed wood for floors and walls.
Thos. Somerville Co.
Multiple area locations.
This local plumbing and HVAC supplier is a good source for faucets and sinks from brands such as Kohler and Moen.
15142 Frederick Rd., Rockville, 301-610-5070; 6715 Spring Mall Rd., Springfield, 703-971-0169; 46301 Potomac Run Plaza, Suite 130, Sterling, 703-444-3902.
A national chain whose three local showrooms have a sizeable selection of affordable tile and stone as well as helpful room vignettes.
7800 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, 301-654-7810; 7505-M Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, 703-893-4444.
In business since 1914, this favorite of local architects and designers carries sinks, faucets, decorative hardware, and lighting.
4625 41st St., NW; 202-537-8900.
Local architects like this firm for installing, restoring, hand-scraping, and refinishing hardwood flooring. Specializes in deep, rich stains.
3314 M St., NW; 202-333-7180.
Known for luxury bathrooms, this shop also carries fixtures, sinks, stone, and tile that would work well in a traditional kitchen.
W.T. Weaver & Sons
1208 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-4200.
This family-owned Georgetown institution, in business more than 120 years, carries decorative hardware, tubs, high-end fixtures, and accessories.
This list first appeared in the October 2010 issue of The Washingtonian.