2019: The Year of the Renovation

2019 may have been the Year of the Pig on the Chinese Calendar, but at Danziger Design, 2019 was the Year of the Renovation. We recently had two of these renovations photographed. The first was a complete master bathroom and powder room renovation in Chevy Chase, MD. The second was a complete first floor renovation in Potomac, MD.
Let’s begin with the Chevy Chase renovation…

Back in 1993, the master bathroom in this Chevy Chase home was probably an enviable one with its double vanity, bathtub, separate shower, large linen closet, separate toilet room and overall large size off the master bedroom. Fast-forward to 2019, the room was dated and in need of a total overhaul, and that is exactly what it received. First, the befores:

Master Bathroom Renovation

Master Bathroom Renovation

Master Bathroom Renovation

The client wanted to completely update the space, so nothing remained from the previous bathroom.  As we planned the redesign of the bathroom we knew the client wanted a beautiful tub, a large shower, and a vanity about the size of their existing one. So we got rolling! We began by measuring the existing space and drew up the existing plan. Next we came up with several options that made better use of the space and presented them to the client. Once a plan was selected, we worked with the client to procure all the materials needed, including tile for the floor, shower tile, plumbing fixtures, a soaking tub, wall covering, material for the countertop and accessories.

We went about designing a vanity that included doors and drawers for maximum storage. We decided on a medium tone fruitwood finish along with tambour doors and drawers. A special feature included an apron in the same material and finish that continued to the end of the wall. The countertop material would be installed in this area as well to create a shelf for the client that is close to the tub.

The client decided upon polished nickel fixtures and a beautiful chandelier for the center of the room. Large scale grey/beige tiles were selected for the floor and main shower area, with a gorgeous mother of pearl decorative tile for the shower accent. A large and curvaceous tub was installed at an angle by the large window in the room. We installed all new moulding, tru-style doors and new door hardware.

A darker shade of textured wallcovering was selected for the walls to provide emphasis, while the ceiling and mouldings were painted a contrasting white to tie in the white of the tub and sinks.

Lastly, accessories such as a rug for the center of the room, towels and baskets were chosen to complete the look. A petite metal accent table by Holly Hunt provides form and function next to the soaking tub.

Once the renovation began, we visited the site multiple times to make sure all was going according to plan. This is a very crucial step in making sure that expectations are met.

We’d like to share the final product below. All photography below by John Cole of John Cole Photography.

Master Bathroom Renovation

Master Bathroom Renovation

Master Bathroom Renovation

An article entitled, Bathroom Remodels Increase Home Value—Fact or Myth? by Jennifer Billock states, “According to the National Association of Realtors 2017 Remodeling Impact Report, 75% of homeowners want to be in their homes more after a remodeling project, and 65% have more fun in their homes.

A new bathroom in particular achieved a Joy Score of 10—the highest ranking—and a remodeled one ranked at 9.6. Joy Scores indicate how happy someone is with a project they’ve done in their home; the higher the number, the higher the satisfaction level.” Bathroom renovations are one of the projects you can do in your home that usually bring a return larger than others.


The Potomac Project included renovation of the clients’ Kitchen, Family Room, Living Room, Powder Room and Foyer. The goal throughout was to update the look of the entire first floor.

The key elements of this project…

We painted the walls, trim and ceilings throughout the first floor.

We updated recessed and decorative lighting throughout the space.

The formerly fruitwood kitchen cabinets were painted with a decorative strie finish and the island was painted a solid gray-green, all while keeping the timeless Sonoma tile backsplash and granite from a previous renovation.

Kitchen Renovation

The cabinets before…


The clients purchased a new table, chairs, rug and light fixture for the eating area – and counter stools for the island.

Kitchen Renovation

We updated the existing decorative paint treatment in the kitchen and family room in gray to replace the original yellow color.

The client purchased a new sofa, cocktail table, entertainment cabinet, rug, and accessories for the family room.

Family Room Renovation

We reupholstering and painted the clients’ existing chairs in the family room.

We purchased a new sofa and rug for the living room while reupholstering and relacquering a set of armless chairs the client already had.


Living Room Renovation 

We renovated the first floor powder room.

Powder Room Renovation

The final step of this renovation was the purchase of several pieces of art from local artist Lisa Tureson of Studio Artistica.
The result are spaces that reflect the clients’ more transitional tastes. The foyer of their home is now so much more inviting.

Foyer Renovation

Are you thinking it may be time to update your space? We would love to talk to you about it. If this is your first time with an Interior Designer, you may want to check out our blog, Working With an Interior Designer.