Luxe Linear Drains was architecturally specified as part of an elegant collection of premium materials for a seamless master bath suite new addition to one end of a 1950s California Ranch in the charmed district of Bethesda, MD — just northwest of Washington, DC. Wiedemann Architects, a highly decorated, full-service architectural/design firm was responsible for other delicate renovations and this pivotal addition that had to respect the historical origins of the one-level low-slung ranch for a middle-aged couple with plans of aging there.

With a Master of Architecture from Harvard University, Greg Wiedemann, AIA, Principal, had all of these factors in mind when he designed the new master bath suite with only premium brands, including Luxe Linear Drains, marble tiles from Ann Sacks, WarmlyYours radiant electric floor heat, a Poliform vanity and all Dornbracht fixtures. The design program was perfectly implemented by Wiedemann Architects long-time trusted building partner, H. Gray Builders, Inc. of Washington, DC. In fact, Nick Stanisic, project manager for H. Gray Builders, introduced Wiedemann Architects to the Luxe Linear Drains collection of architectural-grade, 100% stainless steel drains in decorative and pattern grate design options, as well as the linear tile insert tray selected for this “California Rambler” just off the Beltway.

“Nick Stanisic was the very first one to introduce us to Luxe Linear Drains,” said Wiedemann. “We’ve been using the drains more and more ever since.”

Wiedemann Architects selected Luxe Linear Drains — Tile Insert option — for the custom shower that immediately greets all who enter the new master bath suite. The curbless-entry, 6- x 5-foot standing shower strategically placed the 48-inch Luxe Linear Drain Tile Insert equidistant along the back wall of the shower. The placement of the drain ensures a dry place to stand as the water runs back and away from the user and the curbless threshold entry allows for easier, drier and safer access.

Stanisic surfaced the inside and back wall of the shower from floor to ceiling with super-linear, 1¼- x 16-inch marble tiles from Ann Sack’s new Linen series. The complete Linen collection from Ann Sacks includes 2- x 2-inch mosaic tiles that transitioned beautifully to the shower floor, and became the oft-referred to “insert tiles,” in this case for the 48-inch linear tile tray insert drain.

When installing the floor and wall tiles of the master bath, Ditra waterproofing membrane from Schluter Systems was used, followed by a complete Mapei system -- from mud bed to the latex-enhanced thinset and grout. The products included: Mapei Porcelain Tile Mortar, Mapei Kerapoxy ThinSet Mortar and Mapei Kerapoxy grout.


Installer: H. Gray Builders, Inc., Washington, DC

Tile Product: Ann Sack’s Linen series

Installation Products: Mapei Porcelain Tile Mortar, Mapei Kerapoxy ThinSet Mortar and Mapei Kerapoxy grout — all from Mapei of Deerfield Beach, FL; Schluter-Ditra from Schluter Systems of Plattsburgh, NY; radient electric floor heating from WarmlyYours of Lake Zurich, IL; 48-inch Luxe Linear Drain from Luxe Linear Drain of Atlanta, GA

A luxury bath in Bethesda, MD, designed by Wiedemann Architects, features floor and wall tile from Ann Sack’s Linen series. The tile was installed with a Schluter-Ditra membrane and complete Mapei system.

The curbless-entry, 6- x 5-foot standing shower has a 48-inch Luxe Linear Drain Tile Insert equidistant along the back wall of the shower.