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Washington’s Best Bathroom Designers, Tile Shops, and Other Experts
Here's the help you need to turn your dream bathroom into a reality. By Mary Yarrison
Using subdued colors in this Potomac bathroom made the view out the oversize window the star. Photograph by Hoachlander Davis Photography.
Comments () | Published May 9, 2013
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Bath Designers and Builders

These businesses are recommended for bathroom design and renovation. Most architects, contractors, and design/build firms also do bathrooms as part of larger renovations.

Alexandria Kitchen & Bath StudioAlexandria Kitchen & Bath Studio handles a project's design and installation entirely in-house, using tradespeople who are masters in their fields. Look to this firm for help in remodeling older spaces—its location in Old Town makes that type of project common. 1502 King St., Alexandria; 703-549-1415; akbs-oldtown.com.

Anthony Wilder Design/BuildAnthony Wilder Design/Build used to focus on large-scale projects, but bathrooms now make up about a quarter of its business. Designs are customized, and styles vary—the firm does everything from contemporary to traditional. A certified kitchen-and-bath expert handles tile and plumbing fixtures. 7913 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John; 301-907-0100; anthonywilder.com.

Bath ExpressBath Express offers 17 packages, and you can pick and choose to make more than 100 combinations, most of which include Kohler hardware and Strasser cabinetry. Most orders cost $10,000 to $20,000. The firm's parent company, the Kitchen Guild, does more custom, high-end projects. Bath Express and the Kitchen Guild both have multiple area locations.

Boffi GeorgetownBoffi Georgetown an Italian company,offers a European feel and a sense of history—wood designs by Maxalto are fashioned after French designs from the period between the two world wars. Boffi-installed bathrooms carry a three-year guarantee. 3320 M St., NW; 202-337-7700; boffigeorgetown.com.

CarnemarkCarnemark often uses large-format (12-by-24-inch) wall tiles and shower enclosures made of Starphire glass—which appears less green than other brands—to create modern, open designs with clean lines. The firm takes on custom design/build projects as well as small updates. 7500 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda; 301-657-5000; carnemark.com.

Case Design/RemodelingCase Design/Remodeling has eight designers on staff—half architectural and half interior. They provide services that range from basic cosmetic updates such as faucet or toilet replacement to custom remodels. To avoid unforeseen costs, the company breaks down services into price ranges at the beginning of each project. Multiple area locations; casedesign.com.

Davida's Kitchen & TilesDavida's Kitchen & Tiles specializes in cabinetry and tiling for urban, contemporary homes. The firm's products can be purchased in its showroom, but complete design and installation are more common. Owner Davida Rodriguez boasts 25-plus years in the industry. 435-A&B E. Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg; 240-361-9331; davidaskitchenandtiles.com.

Dee David & Co.Dee David & Co. is owned by certified bathroom designer Dee David, who has been in the business 40 years. Her team works in a studio as opposed to a showroom, and visits are by appointment so that each experience is one-on-one. 2724 Dorr Ave., Suite 220, Fairfax; 703-560-6601; deedavidandco.com.

Design SolutionsDesign Solutions manages new construction as well as remodels. It specializes in reworking challenging spaces; the firm is in Annapolis, where old houses sometimes have doorways in unusual places and oddly shaped rooms. The company takes on projects in the District, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. 1598-D Whitehall Rd., Annapolis; 410-757-6100; dsikitchens.com.

Four BrothersFour Brothers opened in 2006—Ben, Alfred, Leroy, and Kent Johnson moved from different parts of the world to Washington to create the design/build firm. They do mostly custom remodels, including additions and basements. 2617 Myrtle Ave., NE; 202-423-8703; fourbrotherscarpentry.com.

Globe Bath & Kitchen RemodelingGlobe Bath & Kitchen Remodeling offers a large variety of flooring for its bathrooms, including glass tile, slate, and heated options; fixtures come from manufacturers such as Moen and Kohler. A Certified Aging in Place Specialist company, the firm can remodel an existing bathroom to accommodate aging occupants. 2775-A Hartland Rd., Falls Church; 703-629-0968; gbkremodeling.com.

Harvey's Kitchens & BathsHarvey's Kitchens & Baths does both basic remodels and more extensive projects in Fairfax and Loudoun counties. The firm has recently branched out into installing its own flooring, mostly carpet, tile, and hardwood. 22560 Glenn Dr., Suite 115, Sterling; 703-444-0871; harveys-kb.com.

Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & BathJennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath offers full design services, from architectural drawings to specifying products to monitoring installation. All four staff designers work on bathrooms, but bath specialist Carolyn Thomas is especially sought-after—a few years ago, she renovated the bathrooms in the principal suite of Blair House, where the President's guests stay. 6935 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase; 301-657-2500; jennifergilmerkitchens.com.

Kitchen & Bath FactoryKitchen & Bath Factory provides full re-models only—from hall bathrooms to master suites—using in-house designers and contractors. It's the only area dealer of K&H Cabinets, a 40-year-old line from Amish country. 4624 Lee Hwy.; 703-522-7337; kitchenandbathfactory.com.

Reico Kitchen & BathReico Kitchen & Bath provides full re-models only—from hall bathrooms to master suites—using in-house designers and contractors. It's the only area dealer of K&H Cabinets, a 40-year-old line from Amish country. Multiple Maryland and Virginia locations; reico.com.

Tiles, Fixtures, and More

Architectural CeramicsArchitectural Ceramics sells more than 100 lines of bathroom tile, the most popular of which are ceramic or porcelain. Offerings range from the plain white Georgetown line that's been a top seller for years to newer lines such as Wood Replica and Habitat, which look like hardwood but are made of porcelain. Multiple Maryland and Virginia locations; architecturalceramics.com.

Arlandria FloorsArlandria Floors has been in business since 1969, offering options ranging from standard tile and laminates to cork, bamboo, and rubber. 1800 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; 703-548-4848; arlandriafloors.com.

Atlas Marble & TileAtlas Marble & Tile, popular among Annapolis designers, offers stone, porcelain, ceramic, glass, and metal tiles. DIYers can shop at the store, too. 1244 Ritchie Hwy., Suite 1, Arnold; 301-261-2146; atlastile.com.

Bartley Tile & Stone ShowroomBartley Tile & Stone Showroom sells granite, glass, marble, metal, and ceramic tiles as well as granite and solid-surface countertops. The firm's own line, the Donna Marie Collection, includes hand-painted tiles made by one of the owners, Donna Marie Bartley. 6931 Arlington Rd., Suite C-2, Bethesda; 301-913-9113; bartleytile.com.

Best TileBest Tile sells tiles and bathroom accessories—think shower shelves and light-switch covers—in metal, ceramic, stone, mosaic, and other materials. The website includes a virtual designer, which allows users to see which finishes, grouts, cabinets, and wall colors fit together best before meeting with a designer. 11601 Boiling Brook Pkwy., Rockville, 301-984-3399; 8196 Terminal Rd., Lorton, 703-550-2352; besttile.com.

The Brass Knob Architectural AntiquesThe Brass Knob Architectural Antiques is a good place to look for individual accessories for a bathroom, such as classic robe hooks, cup holders, towel bars, and the occasional medicine cabinet. The store's stock changes regularly, although light fixtures and doorknobs abound. 2311 18th St., NW; 202-332-3370; thebrassknob.com.

David Bell AntiquesAmong the many antiques stores along Wisconsin Avenue, this is one of designer Frank Babb Randolph's favorites. He loves its selection of high-end 20th- and 21st-century furniture. 1655 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-965-2355.

Charles Luck Stone CenterCharles Luck Stone Center, which opened a large Georgetown showroom last year, offers both countertops and tile in uncommon materials. Among the most popular tile lines of late is Namibian White, which looks like a combination of granite and marble. For those seeking floor tiles in darker hues, the firm suggests its imported Belgian Bluestone. 1111 34th St., NW, 202-944-2345; 1700 Sterling Blvd., Sterling, 703-674-2240; charlesluck.com.

Classic Floor DesignsClassic Floor Designs is a longtime favorite that has installed flooring in the Oval Office, the Four Seasons Hotel, and multiple embassies. Flooring options include hardwood, cork, carpet, and exotic tile centerpieces. 2120 L St., NW; 202-872-9860; classicfloordesigns.info.

Concrete JungleConcrete Jungle specializes in concrete. Vanities, floor and wall tiles, shower benches, and sinks are some of the options designed and installed by the firm, but make sure you have something in mind before you get in touch—to provide an estimate, the company requests a drawing from you. 4510-J Metropolitan Ct., Frederick; 301-874-1001; concretejungleonline.com.

Counter IntelligenceCounter Intelligence makes and installs bathroom countertops in granite, quartz, and solid surface, and the online reservation system promises installation in just two days. 7950 Woodruff Ct., Springfield; 9015 Brookville Rd., Silver Spring; 888-401-8677; ciacounters.com.

Design TileDesign Tile organizes its Tysons showroom by color to simplify browsing. Offerings include floor and wall tiles in ceramic, porcelain, stone, and metal as well as custom mosaics and glass sinks. 8455-B Tyco Rd., Vienna; 703-734-8211; design-tile.com.

Dimensional Marble & TileDimensional Marble & Tile manages commercial and residential installations of marble, ceramic tile, and granite and also provides marble refinishing. 15932 Derwood Rd., Rockville; 301-987-1960; dimensionalmarbletile.thebluebook.com.

FergusonFerguson is a nationwide wholesaler with three area showrooms. The company employs plumbers, contractors, designers, and trade professionals in addition to selling faucets, sinks, and lighting. Brands include Kohler, Pfister, Moen, and Delta. 5650 General Washington Dr., Suite D, Alexandria, 703-638-1000; 13890 Lowe St., Chantilly, 703-375-5858; 800 E. Gude Dr., Suite A, Rockville, 301-424-1393; ferguson.com.

Fernando's Marble ShopFernando's Marble Shop is a family-owned fabricator and installer of countertops made from granite, limestone, marble, soapstone, slate, quartz, and many other materials. In addition to custom builds the firm sells premade pieces. 15910 Indianola Dr., Rockville; 301-670-2794; fernandosmarbleshop.com.

FiruzeFiruze stocks 5,000 slabs of granite for countertops plus company-designed vanities, cabinetry, and tile flooring. Firuze provided the flooring for Rosslyn's luxe Turnberry Tower condo building. 5650 General Washington Dr., Alexandria; 703-663-1190; firuze.com.

Franco's Marble ShopFranco's Marble Shop, which has been fabricating granite countertops for 30-plus years, also creates tub surrounds and wall and floor paneling. Other available materials include marble, slate, onyx, and limestone. 328-G N. Stonestreet Ave., Rockville; 301-424-2322; francosmarbleshop.com.

Jud TileJud Tile sells ceramic, glass, and marble tile, including such brands as Bedrock, Ashbury, Eartha, and Porcelanosa. 204-G Mill St., NE, Vienna; 703-255-5571; judtile.net.

Marble SystemsMarble Systems is a national chain that has sourced and finished marble for more than 30 years. The exclusive distributor of the Tureks Stone Collection, Marble Systems has created flooring for New York's Trump Plaza and Las Vegas's Bellagio, though the Fairfax showroom also sells directly to homeowners. 2737 Dorr Ave., Fairfax; 703-204-1818; marblesystems.com.

MarblexMarblex offers standard natural stones including granite and marble as well as rarer offerings such as soapstone, serpentine, and mineral compositions suitable for countertops. Sinks, faucets, and tiles from Daltile, Architectural Ceramics, and Mosaic Tile are also available. 2926 Prosperity Ave., Fairfax; 703-698-5595; marblexinc.com.

Marmara CorporationMarmara Corporation sells granite, marble, limestone, onyx, and travertine flooring and countertops to contractors and homeowners and also employs its own craftspeople and installers. 1125 Okie St., NE; 202-635-4292; marmarausa.com.

Marva Marble & GraniteMarva Marble & Granite offers granite, marble, onyx, quartz, slate, and precious-stone composites, among other materials, which can be used for countertops, flooring, tub and shower surrounds, and decorative purposes. 12225 Distribution Way, Beltsville; 301-595-1882; marvamarble.com.

Mosaic Tile Company Mosaic Tile Company comes highly recommended by local interior designers. With thousands of tiles in a wide range of colors and materials, the firm is one of the largest distributors in the area.Multiple Virginia and Maryland locations; mosaictileco.com.

Noland Noland is a national wholesale distributor of everything from light bulbs to drilling equipment. Some of the showrooms—including Rockville, Annapolis, and Fredericksburg—house Bath & Kitchen Idea Centers, which specialize in tubs, tile, and fixtures.4972 Boiling Brook Pkwy., Rockville, 301-881-4225; 209 Chinquapin Rd., Suite 300, Annapolis, 410-263-9261; 1325 Alum Spring Rd., Fredericksburg, 540-373-5914; noland.com.

Porcelanosa Porcelanosa is an international firm that started in Spain in 1973. Besides offering tile that often comes in vibrant colors and large formats, it carries vanities, showers, faucets, and accessories. The brand is available at several local distributors as well as in its own showrooms.11500 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, 301-294-8193; 701-B Dover Rd., Rockville, 301-294-8193; porcelanosa-usa.com.

R. Bratti AssociatesR. Bratti Associates is a stone company that specializes in vanity tops, custom sinks, and slab shower walls and floors. Materials include natural and engineered stones, which the firm prefers to install itself.401 E. Glebe Rd., Alexandria; 703-549-1135; rbratti.com.

Stone SourceStone Source is a national chain selling natural and engineered stone, ceramic, porcelain, and glass tile as well as wood and aluminum foam, often used to create edgier wall displays and ceiling tiles. Materials can be used for flooring, walls, and countertops.1129 20th St., Suite 501, NW; 202-265-5900; stonesource.com.

Thos. Somerville Co.Thos. Somerville Co. sells tubs, faucets, sinks, and toilets from BainUltra, Delta, Steamist, and Grohe, among others. Walk-in tubs and other "aging in place" options are also available.Multiple area locations; somervilleshowroom.com.

The Tile ShopThe Tile Shop sells both online and in its six local showrooms, which will expand to eight later this year. Do-it-yourselfers will find handyman guides, grout-selector tools, and instructional seminars. The large showrooms feature lots of inspirational vignettes as well as floor and wall tiles in stone, ceramic, porcelain, metal, glass, and faux wood.Multiple area locations; tileshop.com.

Union HardwareUnion Hardware is a third-generation, family-owned business selling virtually everything for bathrooms—from sinks and countertops to towel warmers, lighting, and steam generators.7800 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; 301-654-7810; unionhardware.com.

Washington Marble & Granite Co.Washington Marble & Granite Co. doesn't do a lot of bathrooms—they make up 10 percent of the firm's business—but customers in the market for a large master-bath makeover can look to this custom fabricator for large steam showers, decks for soaking tubs, and other big stone pieces for the bath. 10088 Tyler Ct., Ijamsville, Md.; 301-831-1323; washingtonmarble.com.

WaterworksWaterworks offers high-end faucets, showers, tubs, fixtures, and accessories in contemporary styles. Tiles, furniture, and accessories such as bathmats, towels, baskets, and stools are also available. 3314 M St., NW; 202-333-7180; waterworks.com.

W.T. Weaver & SonsW.T. Weaver & Sons has operated locally since 1889, selling decorative hardware and bath fixtures. Projects have included the White House and Blair House in addition to many residences. Offerings include cabinets, mirrors, lighting, tubs, and showerheads.1208 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-4200; weaverhardware.com.

More Information

The American Institute of ArchitectsThe American Institute of Architects offers a free database of certified architects and firms searchable by location as well as sample contracts and other documents for homeowners to use for reference or as models. 800-242-3837; aia.org.

The National Association of the Remodeling IndustryThe National Association of the Remodeling Industry has tips on finding, interviewing, and selecting a remodeler. The website also provides budgeting worksheets and a database of remodelers searchable by Zip code. 847-298-9200; nari.org.

The National Kitchen & Bath AssociationThe National Kitchen & Bath Association offers a free database of professionals, a downloadable kitchen-and-bath planner for homeowners, and other online guidance. 800-843-6522; nkba.org.

Referral Services

HomeAdvisor, Home Connections of Washington DC, HomeWise Referrals, and Urban Referrals provide free referrals to area contractors they've screened. Delbe Home Services offers annual membership for $175 for single-family homes, $475 for condos; members are assigned to representatives, who suggest contractors to manage projects. Contractors will come to members' homes 24 hours a day for emergencies.


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