What’s new in bathroom luxury

Showers are still the most sought after luxury item in bathroom renovation. There are a few things that have changed since this trend started. In the 90’s increasing the showers size was the main goal … of course as large as possible, while fitting the over-sized jetted tub into the design. bathroom luxAfter big-sized showers, amenities such as steam, body sprays and built in benches started emerging.  Like most things, evolution has a way of making things better. For starters, body sprays have been replaced with a second hand-held shower. These are great for leg shaving and rinsing down the shower. You can also use this hand-held on an adjustable arm if you want to point the massage setting at your lower back… and with proper volume control you can have both heads operating simultaneously. Rain heads are making a big inroad… probably due to options that make them more control in pressure and less expensive than the early models. If you are going to have one of these heads, make sure you check out the pressure and volume for these units and that you have proper water supply as part of your renovation. We still install benches — both storage and foot rests — so that leg shaving is safer and easier. As for the jetted tub, with our more hectic lives today, a nice soaking tub without the ½ hour fill time and noisy motor is a more Zen like experience.  So Happy Bathing!

A Bit of Background

Sherborn Kitchen & Bath is owned by Ray and Terry Wiese and Terry is happy to take on the day to day managment.  Once the COO for a high tech trade show organization, Terry turned the tables when she married Ray Wiese, owner of The Wiese Company, a leading Sherborn-based design/build firm.  Together Ray and Terry grew The Wiese Company into a thriving business, designing and remodeling homes in Wellesley, Newton, and the popular MetroWest surrounding communities.  .

In late 2009, Terry and Ray decided to open Sherborn Kitchen & Bath.  First order of business was to put Terry at the helm, enabling customers to come and speak with a Mom, wife, cook, cleaner, and everything-in-between kitchen designer.  An avid cook and busy mother made her uniquely aware of the necessities of a well-designed and carefully crafted kitchen.

“Being directly affiliated with The Wiese Company enables us to expand our offerings to our clients,” said Terry Wiese.  “Our services range from simple kitchen and bath remodels to more extensive renovations, requiring full design/build services.  If clients simply need an updated kitchen or bath, we can make that happen.  But if they need a new kitchen and/or bath design, complete with the full renovation plans and possible bump-out or add-on scenarios, we are lucky to be able to do that too.”

Sherborn Kitchen & Bath offers a wide range of cabinetry lines, enabling customers to achieve their needs while staying within their budgets.   Having certified kitchen and bath designers means having the experience necessary to create efficient and effective spaces, while achieving that look that you so envision.  At the end of the day, Terry prides herself on happy customers.

“There is nothing better than watching our customers treasure their new space,” added Terry, “I feel so lucky to be in the position to help them make that happen.”

Welcome to Sherborn Kitchens’ blog

Designs for your lifestyle

After being in the design/build business since 1992, Ray Wiese and his wife Terry of The Wiese Company, wanted to showcase their passion for kitchen design and display the company’s work in a New England home setting. The Wiese Company had an office in an industrial park in Natick, but wanted potential clients to view their workmanship in the realistic setting of a home. When a business-zoned home became available in Sherborn center, the firm jumped at the chance to relocate The Wiese Company and open Sherborn Kitchen & Bath.

Ray and Terry Wiese invite you to visit the Sherborn Kitchen & Bath’s blog, and comment, ask questions on topics posted. We hope you find our blog useful!

Four Ways to Plan to Succeed

1- Define your Needs

Whether you are adding on, remodeling your floor plan or renovating a kitchen or bath, I recommend making a list of your objectives before you start making a wish list.  This short exercise will push you out of the box while providing you with some ideas and insights about your needs.  As an example, if you are thinking about a family room space, before you write down the size you want, make a list of why you want the space.  The wish list item = more space, the objective = a place where we can entertain for sporting events or have a space that belongs to the kids or allow the family to do homework or cooking and lounging in one spot….  Each of these objectives will change some important aspects about how the space is laid out and how the activities are separated.

2-Develop a Budget Goal

Get some reasonable budget information early.  It’s a fact that the majority of architectural plans drawn for projects (over 80%) do not get constructed.  The primary reason for this is that the client didn’t have enough information about costs before they spent money on design services.  In some cases, bids came in so far apart that the folks considering doing the work lost confidence that there wouldn’t be cost overruns.

3-Conceptual Planning

Now it is time to get some light design work done.  A conceptual plan can help provide a great understanding of how your ideas, objectives and budget work together.  This is where the designer and builder should work together saving you from costly mistakes by value engineering (not cheapening) the design.  IT IS VERY IMPORTANT not to take a conceptual plan and treat it like a bid set. There is so much information that needs to be included before pricing can be completed accurately.  If there are any issues with zoning, wetlands etc., this is where those items can be taken into consideration.

4-Final Plans

Preparing the final plans requires a preponderance of the design time.  Structural plans, information required by the municipality and all the details that are part of a well run project go into this set.  These plans are ready for competitive bidding and have all of your needs met.  The list is long and below are a few of the items required to make sure everyone knows what to expect:

  • Floor plans (existing-demolition-proposed)
  • Exterior Elevations that contain all of the material information as well as any detail drawings required for trim details
  • Window and door schedule that will list the manufacturer, finish, style, U-value (energy efficiency), trim information, screen information, hardware information and rough opening
  • Structural Sections (a picture of your project cut in half) that detail structural connections, material specifications, insulation values and heights


Custom Millwork Can Make Your Home work for You

Gates-033 “Millwork”, sure it is crown molding and wainscoting. It is also cabinetry, bookshelves, mantles, and mudroom cubbies. Customizing is an opportunity to make your home your very own. With the thoughtful use of custom millwork, you can create customized focal points, handy storage or a specialized work-space that integrates into your environment to make something more special, aesthetic, or functional from your space. Pictured at left is a common issue for today’s flat panel TV. Folks who do not want to make the TV a focal point will love this idea spawned by a Wellesley client’s seemingly conflicting desires: have the TV centrally located in the room and do not have the TV be the central “art piece” dominating the room.

We took careful measurements, reviewed the AV requirements and installed a separate conduit for future wiring.
Then we put the plans in the skilled hands of one of our Lead Carpenters, Steve MacDonald. The result is a convenient location for a TV that is only in sight when it is in use.