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Anatomy of a $100,000 Bathroom

How many craftsmen does it take to do the job?



This is definitely the year of the bathroom. What was a simple utilitarian space a mere ten years ago is today a state-of-the-art, of-the-moment room that takes as many talented craftsmen as does a high-tech kitchen with all its bells and whistles. Just ask Joe Klaff Passero, chairman and COO of his family’s business, Klaff’s.

“First off, you need a designer,” he says, as he begins ticking off on his fingers, “then a builder/contractor, designers for tile and stone, furniture, windows, faux art, lighting, bath furnishings (for tub, shower, sink and faucets), a cabinetmaker, a stonecutter. You need electricians, plumbers, painters. Someone to advise you on art for the walls. Easily a dozen professionals.”

And Passero should know. He was personally involved in Klaff’s transformation of the master bath in the designers’ showhouse that benefited Greenwich Hospital last spring. While visitors entering Richard and Ginna Kelly’s home downstairs were exclaiming over the modern transformation of the 1928 French bastide-style house, people upstairs crowded three abreast in the room that was now a retreat for the lady of the house. Here was an opulent  bathroom of  mosaic tile,  marble, glass, maple, silk, silver and crystal. It has a fireplace for chilly nights, plumbing fixtures to meet the demand for high-tech amenities and a deep soaking tub to soothe milady’s  spirit. It’s glamorous and luxurious. Incredibly, the finely tuned Klaff’s team completed the work in six weeks. 

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