When it comes to renovating, there's a reason many New York homeowners turn to Design Development
. The general contracting firm oversees projects from every stage of conception, and when it comes to bathrooms, they are the total experts, having worked on everything from the tiniest of New York powder rooms to the most expansive master suites. But no matter the budget, Design Development is there to guide clients seamlessly through a renovation project. Mike Daddio (pictured), one of the co-founders along with Chip Brian, shares some of his top tips, like sticking to material that'll defy trends:
"I think design and material selection changes every five to ten years," says Daddio. "What was once beautiful -- like yellow and pink tiles in the '80s has gone out of style, and I try to guide my clients to materials that have a timeless element. If you're driven by budget, you can accomplish a great look with something like a subway tile." Daddio likes using black-and-white hexagon tiles on the floor as a cost-effective solution, or for a larger budget, Calcutta gold subway tiles that come in larger format dimensions like a 4" x 16" size that lends a more modern look.
Space constrictions are another reality of New York bathrooms that most of us have to contend with, too. In order to maximize your square footage, Daddio recommends utilizing every square inch: "Making use of all of the niches and using all of the wall space by placing recessed medicine cabinets in any place possible," he says. "Vanities are also so important for storage, and can be recessed and lifted off the ground to create a sense of airiness."
As for practicality, Daddio has been turning to synthetic materials for vanity tops, like Caesarstone, that are more durable than a marble or stone. "People often ask if they should use marble versus Caesarstone," he says. And though in his opinion, there's nothing that compares to the aesthetic of a natural stone, he's given sway to the charms of the durable synthetics and quartzes. "It's okay to have a stone that looks like you live in your home and use your home, and they've come out with some really nice materials."
Though when it comes to plumbing, Daddio says it's the foundation of a project. "In order to save for a budget, opt for lower-priced plumbing fixtures and lower priced tile," he says, "but you can't save money on the cost of plumbing, or anything that goes behind the walls." Turns out my favorite fictional plumber, Moonstruck's Cosmo Castorini was right: "It costs money because it saves money."
Here are some of Daddio's favorite New York sources: