Cool, calm and collected
The Peninsula is one of the many apartment complexes along the Intracoastal Waterway in Aventura, FL. Overlooking Sunny Isles Beach, with views of the Atlantic Ocean, the 32-floor tower houses more than 200 multi-million-dollar luxury condominiums, along with various other high-end amenities. For the recent remodel of the building’s spa, a chic design with a laidback atmosphere was achieved with the help of a local designer.
“I wanted the spa to feel upscale, classy and modern, yet serene and relaxing at the same time,” explained Alena Capra, owner of Alena Capra Designs in Fort Lauderdale, FL, who helped design the space’s massage room, locker rooms, hallway and foyer. “The Peninsula is an upscale, high-rise building with beautiful views. The women’s locker room was to have some more glam elements, so I accented it with crystal in the light fixtures and in some of the hardware and accessories. The men’s locker room had more organic elements to accent.”
For the majority of the walls and floors in the space, Capra employed different types of tile. For the walling, a 12- x 24-inch porcelain tile that resembles a gray-toned, vein-cut Haisa Light marble was employed. The same tile, but in a larger 18- x 36-inch format, was utilized on the floors.
“I also used some wood-look porcelain tile from Atlas Concorde for the steam rooms and to accent the 3D tile wall in each bathroom,” the designer explained. “The 3D porcelain tile was used in similar tones for accent walls in each bathroom. A mix of stone and glass mosaic in similar tones of the other tiles was used to frame the mirrors. Stone pebble mosaic tile was also used on all shower floors, as well as the steam room floor to keep the modern spa feel.”
In the vanity areas, Pompeii Quartz was used for the countertops, which was supplied by American Stone & Granite in Davie, FL. All of the tile was supplied by Catalfamo Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Since the look of natural stone was desired for the spa, but with ease of maintenance, Capra selected a durable porcelain tile that could achieve both the design and technical objectives. “I chose the tile for its neutral soft tones and calming feel,” she said. “I worked with the building’s committee to get input on the feel of the space they wanted and we were able to achieve that.”
To complete the installation, Capra enlisted the help of another local professional, whom she frequently works with. With no issues, Pavel Tim Prichici and his team of four men from Pavel Prichici, Inc. in Hollywood, FL, successfully finished the project in just three weeks. “For the walls, I used the VersaBond Fortified Thin-Set Mortar from Custom Building Products,” Prichici explained. “For the shower walls and sauna, as a waterproofing membrane, I used RedGard [from Custom Building Products]. For the floor installation, I used Amerimix cement. And for the sauna floor, I used the Vulkem Under Tile Waterproofing System from Tremco.”
Although Capra said she had to “make a few tweaks” once the space opened in April of last year, the owners and residents of The Peninsula are overly pleased with the new spa. “The space is beautiful,” Capra said.