Phil Radetzky of CMG Remodeling in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, admits that he should have known better than to install that tile. He went shopping for bathroom tile in 1974 without his wife and came home with the powder blue patterned tile pictured.
“She pretty much put me on the curb after that,” Radetzky says. “But I had already purchased it so I put it on the wall. She hated it from day one.”
Years went by and they got involved in other things. Since Radetzky is a tradesman, he focused on building an addition onto his home. Meanwhile, the blue bathroom sat unused for years.
“Every five or so years my wife would peek in that bathroom and ask me when I was going to do something about it,” he says. “After all these years, I knew it was time to get to work to make the space something we wouldn’t feel that we had to hide from guests.”
He cleaned up the mishmash of “old school” décor and materials and installed a Dryden Single-Handle Lavatory Faucet in Brilliance Stainless. Additionally, he installed matching towel bars and a towel ring, tissue holder and double robe hook. Along with the updated cabinet and counter, they make for a striking combination that both he and his wife are proud to show to guests.
A second project involved a serious update to a powder room that was frozen in the 1960s with a wall-hung sink and no style or appeal. Radetzky gutted this space for his client and installed a white beadboard wainscot, cherry-finish vanity with plenty of storage, pencil tile backsplash and one-piece Corian counter. He selected a Dryden Single-Handle Lavatory Faucet in Venetian Bronze to bring the space into stylish modernity.
“This space was so small that my torso was under the vanity and my body was hanging out of the room into the hallway while I was working,” Radetzky says. “It just goes to show that you can make any space beautiful if you’re willing to put in the work.”
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