BLOG #1 of 3 IN A SERIES: COtY Award Winner: First Place, Residential Bathroom: $100,001 – $250,000 

July 25, 2019

Our team at Dover was honored with the 2019 NARI Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award: First Place, Residential Bathroom $100,001-$250,000, for this refreshing renovation. For the next 3 weeks, designer and guest blogger Patti Saracusa will walk you through this award-winning remodeling project which features a new master bathroom, with some great technology features, and a new his-and-hers custom closet. Enjoy!


COtY Award Winner: First Place, Residential Bathroom: $100,001 – $250,000 

The ultimate retreat: A spa-inspired, high-tech master bathroom that engages all the senses 

When it comes to resale value of your home, renovating a bathroom is arguably one of the most important investments you can make.  But perhaps an even greater benefit when considering a bathroom makeover is the joy that your space will bring to your life: Nothing elevates your mood quite like beginning your day in a room you love! That was the inspiration for this project.

When their three grown children had moved out on their own, this couple found themselves at a crossroads: Move from their longtime home or stay—and overhaul their dated master bathroom.  



The existing bathroom had a choppy layout with separate doors closing off the toilet and a sauna. Our charge was to open up the room, creating better flow and maximizing square footage.

These drawings give you an idea of how we redesigned the space. We were able to give the homeowners everything they wanted in their upgraded and updated bathroom while working within the existing footprint of the room.



She wanted a Zen, spa-like sanctuary. He wanted a modern, high-tech relaxation space. This fabulous new master bathroom checks all the boxes with features like a steam shower with chromo-therapy, an illuminated and scented toilet seat, sleek custom cabinetry with lots of smart storage and a shapely freestanding tub. It also includes a stunning new entryway leading from the master bedroom complete with a custom closet built for two.




Next week, I’ll move into the entryway where you’ll see the dramatic impact that added lighting and new surfaces can make, turning a ho-hum hallway into a clean, chic style statement.

Patti Saracusa