Every boat we build goes through a design process where the customer meets with Tom Button (Kadey-Krogen president) and Dave Glasco (our naval architect) aboard another Krogen. Dave brings along a full set of “standard” joinery drawings and Tom has his ever-present pencil and pad of paper. They discuss with the customer how the boat will be used, and notes are made as to how each area of the boat might be customized to meet the owner’s needs – counter surfaces, fixtures, cabinetry, etc. After the meeting (I call it a meeting, but the process often takes two days), Dave creates CAD drawings that are specific to the customer. These drawings are then sent to the customer for review, and after any changes are noted, the joinery drawings are sent to the yard.
Last month, Janet and I completed the design process for the master stateroom and master head, and guest stateroom, guest head, and the office. Each major drawing Dave creates has a plan view in the middle, as well as a number of elevations surrounding the plan view.
Since the full drawings are not easy to show on a computer screen, I extracted the plan view and one elevation from our master stateroom and master head drawing, to give you a visual.
One of the first things you may notice, are all the circles with numbers and letters inside. Each of these indicate the point of view for the corresponding elevation drawing. For example, "6-C" on the plan view shows that the corresponding elevation is from the perspective as if you were standing anywhere on a line drawn vertically from the number 10 station on the plan view. If you were in the master head, the perspective is as if standing in front of the sinks.
The letters inside the hexagons indicate the surface material – solid cherry, granite, cherry and spruce, etc. Smaller surfaces, such as a back splash, are called out on the plan or elevation view as appropriate, as are specific fixtures.
All of the decisions we have made for the master head are shown on the drawings. The Interior Surface Key for the drawing (not shown) indicates that “G” is Cambria “Ramsey” and that “I” is tile. The faucets that we have chosen are drawn in on the elevation drawing, along with the sinks and under counter drawers.
While our contemporary fixtures, sinks, and tile give the head the look we desire, functionality is also very important! A typical bathroom in a home (or head on a boat), has a medicine cabinet on the wall above the counter and cabinets below the counter. When we renovated the kitchen in our house 10 years ago, Janet had the idea to install specialized drawers with a soft-close for all our under counter storage. We liked the contemporary look and it proved to be extremely functional. When it came time to redo our master bathroom a few years later, we did the same thing. Losing the medicine cabinet was not a problem. So, back to our master head. On any boat, storage and open space are always at a premium. We carefully considered that medicine cabinets on the wall would reduce the open space (about six inches), but without them we might lose storage. Our master bath solution worked so well at home, so why not try it on the boat? Dave drew-up the all-drawer solution, and it works. At the end of the day, it's a matter of personal preference.
You can also see how Dave drew the upper drawer to efficiently wrap around the plumbing of the sink that is below the counter. The easy route would have been to just have a drawer compartment on each side of the drain and a single front face, but Dave's drawing maximizes every bit of storage--the front part of the drawer is full width storage (24 inches) and then the back part has two eight inch sections.
The bottom drawers are 24 x 12 x 20, with the outboard drawer having an angle due to the location of the stabilizers. That drawer will have a vertical divider, and on the outboard side, we will store approximately 20 rolls of toilet paper. Hey, it’s a Kadey-Krogen! No need to buy things in small quantities!
How did Janet and I decide on fixtures, countertops, backs plashes, etc.? From my perspective, it was an easy process because Janet is so organized. She made a three-ring binder with one tab for each major space in the boat – Salon, Galley, Pilothouse, Master Stateroom, Master Head, Guest Stateroom and Guest head. Tom, who is also super organized, gave us a basic timeline for decisions. The timeline led us to make decisions for the below decks spaces (staterooms and heads) first. Janet looked online at a variety of websites, everything from Houzz and Pinterest, to simply Googling a topic like “contemporary bathroom faucets”. If something piqued her interest, she would bookmark it, or if it really struck her fancy, she would print it out and put into the notebook. In addition to looking online and specialty kitchen and bath design centers, Tom suggested we look at Home Depot, since that is where many recent owners had found their back splash ideas.
At times, the process seemed mind boggling. For example, Faucet Direct’s website will show that they have 429 contemporary bathroom faucets--and that is just one website! We quickly learned to be more specific in our searches. We had already found the sink we wanted for the guest head, and based upon that, we knew we wanted a single lever, brushed nickel, waterfall faucet with a spout height of about eight inches. That reduced the choices on Faucet Direct’s site down to 21. We went to Signature Hardware’s website, and with the focused search, we quickly went from 583 bathroom faucets down to 17. It is there we found success.
One by one, decisions were made and were conveyed to Tom. Dave then took these decisions as well as our comments on the joinery, and incorporated them into the drawings that have now already been sent to the yard.
That about wraps it up for month three! I hope you enjoyed the design perspective. Stay tuned for the next edition. Until then, fair winds and following seas.
P.S. The captioned photos below reveal some of our choices. Enjoy.
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