To Greg’s mind, each time a bathroom or kitchen needs to be remodeled, another opportunity arises for creative expression. From the moment I told him that the shower cabinet at Cedar Point cabin needed to be replaced, I’m sure that some part of his brain was actively processing how to incorporate the fixture in a new, unexpected way, unlike any of his previous jobs. Lucky me, and those who stay in the cabins on which he works, for we get to see the results of his creativity and skill at putting it all in place.
The bathroom at this cabin had been updated in 1995, with new fixtures, flooring and fresh white paint on the logs. It served us well for all those years, but eventually, things wore out. In the years since then, Greg had remodeled four of our six bathrooms, and had gathered several new ideas and techniques along the way. I’ve learned that it is best to just step out of the way when he is in the planning stages, because my input generally doesn’t match his vision. And in the end, the final product is beyond whatever I might have dreamed. So I just add my opinions on the things that matter most to me--how easy will it be to use, and how easy will it be to clean?
In January, off he went to the tile shop. He came home with some wonderful 12” tiles for the floor, in two shades of brown. One was actually a golden brown, and the other, a deep chocolate. Together, installed in checkerboard fashion, they remind me of fine leather, rich and textured. They look gorgeous on their own, but they don’t upstage the other details that have been put into place.
We knew that we would be installing a shower cabinet, similar to what had been in the cabin. Greg had a plan for the framework that involved both wood and tile. He built a doorframe that enclosed colorful three-inch tiles between two columns of oak, stained a rich mahogany color. The tiles, in white, aqua, red and green, were arranged using the Fibonacci series of numbers. This allows a seemingly random pattern of stripes, or in this case, colors, that actually does have a pattern behind it. I’ve used it in the past in my weaving, when planning stripes for textiles. It was fascinating to see it put into use here.
Paul, assisting as always with the many tasks that this type of job requires, re-painted the log walls, again a bright white. He helped to install the fixtures, and the window trim. That trim echoes the mahogany coloring of the shower.
The final piece of the new look was the door into the room. The space in there has always been tight. Greg decided to install a roller day, hand-built of wood like that used in the rest of the bathroom. He fashioned his own hardware for the roller brackets, and rescued the handle from an old oven to use for sliding the door open and closed. The result is an entryway that opens wide, with a door that tucks in neatly behind the water heater.