Caledonia Resident Opts for Black and White Bathroom
Are you smarter than the average bear? Residents of Caledonia may well be tired of hearing that question, right up there “do you say pic-a-nic basket?” Because Caledonia, Wisconsin happens to be the location of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort. Of course, it isn’t the actual Jellystone Park where Yogi Bear lives…because he’s not real. However, it does tend to be the thing that comes to mind.
Caledonia is actually a village in Racine County, Wisconsin, with a 2014 population of 24,708 and a total area of 48.72 square miles. As recently as 2005, Caledonia was designated as a town, and it was only by special exemption that it was permitted to become a village in January 2006.
In case you are wondering what the big deal is with whether it is a town or village, you should know a little bit about Wisconsin law. Designation as a town or village has nothing to do with total area or population, although a village has to have at least 150 residents if it is a rural area, and 2,500 if it is in an urban area. Under Wisconsin law, villages tend to have more autonomy and power than towns. They have their own president, tax laws, and other administrative freedoms, subject to state laws, of course. Towns have more limited authority, and little or no home rule. In other words, villages are like little kingdoms, and towns are not.
Caledonia residents appear to be doing well for themselves, too. As of 2013, the median household income is $70,642, quite a bit more than that of Wisconsin as a whole, which is $51,467. Home values are also higher in Caledonia at $187,886 (Wisconsin is at $163,000), and the cost of living index is average at 97.7. The population is mostly white (84.9%), married (63.^%) with children under 18 living with parents (31.1%) as of the 2010 census.
Things to Do Around Caledonia
Caledonia is a rural village that offers a small-town lifestyle to its residents with plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities, and it is near enough to Racine and other counties for dining, shopping, and other needs.
In Caledonia itself, however, there’s not really much to do unless you count camping out at Jellystone Park. Even the Caledonia Wildlife Area is not actually in Caledonia, but in nearby Franksville. Other parks that are almost in Caledonia include Cliffside Park, Johnson Park, Nicholson Wildlife Refuge, Root River Parkway, and Gorney Park.
Golf is also possible when in Caledonia if you don’t mind hopping over to Racine (Johnson Park Golf Course) or Franksville (South Hills Country Club). You could say that Caledonia is a great place to live, but you have to go out to have some fun.
Black and White Makes a Splash
The client owns a beautiful 2,200 square foot Cape Cod style home with three bedrooms and 2.5 baths built in 2010. The home had been professionally designed, with high vaulted ceilings, and a cozy kitchen done in hickory. However, he wasn’t happy with the second bathroom, which was done in pale-colored ceramic tiles and a wood-topped vanity. He wanted it remodeled in a starker style.
We came to do a consultation on possible designs for the second bathroom. The client wanted all the ceramic tiles removed and a stone vanity installed. Since the toilet and sink were white, and the cabinet was already black, neither of which would be replaced, we suggested a black-and-white design, which immediately caught his attention. We showed him the various combinations of wall and floor stone tiles, mosaic accents, and vanity tops using our site’s bathroom visualizer. After a few false starts, he finally chose Montauk Black Slate for the floor and wall tiles, a Glacier White Quartz vanity, and a honed Arabescato Carrara marble in a Herringbone Pattern for the accent tiles.
With his selections in mind, we made initial measurements to give him a rough estimate of the remodel cost. We advised him that the final estimate can go either way pending the final measurements by our estimator, but not by much. He consented to give half of the initial estimate to reserve the stones he had chosen, and we promised to send the estimator the next day.
The remodel was extensive, and would take some two weeks to complete. The estimator provided the final measurements and we emailed the project cost to the client. He sent back a signed copy and we scheduled work to begin the following Monday.
Installing the bathroom tiles and vanity top
The contractors came in as scheduled to remove the ceramic tiles and reinforce the support structure for the new stone vanity. The demolition took two days, and the tiling took five days. Finally, the fabricator was able to make a template for the vanity, and the installer came the next day to fit it to the prepared vanity. The installer applied sealer to the slate and the mosaic tiles, but not on the vanity top as quartz is non-porous and would not need it. The workers had previously cleared all the debris and hauled it away before turning the bathroom over to the installer.
The combination of slate and marble was clever, because the contrast was more than in the color. The texture of slate is inherently rougher than the smooth finish of marble, which makes it non-slippery, ideal for bathroom flooring. The quartz vanity was also a good choice because it requires no maintenance and could be handled with impunity.
The client was amazed at how classy the bathroom looked after the remodel. He especially liked the effect of the mosaic marble tile accent on the slate, making it look like it had more depth. He closely inspected the grouting for the tiles, and pronounced himself highly satisfied.
A black-and-white theme will work in almost any room, because it is a classic combination. With this project, however, the play of contrasts involved the textures of the materials used as well as the color. The bathroom visualizer was an important tool for helping the client make the right decisions, and we are happy to have been instrumental in making that available to him.
Badger Granite focuses on delivering top quality products and skilled and knowledgeable service to all our clients. The fabrication and installation of stone products is a delicate and difficult business, and should only be handled by those with proven experience. The right combination of all these elements ensures complete customer and job satisfaction.
We are a full-service stone fabrication and installation company. Whatever your needs are for kitchen and bathroom countertops, we are in a position to fill them.