When it came to redesigning this master bath, the homeowners had a few specific goals in mind: update the entire bathroom, maximize space and rethink functionality.
GOAL #1 – Update the Look
At the top of the list was updating the look of their entire bath. Everything from new floors, cabinets, countertops, lighting, plumbing fixtures and bathtub was carefully thought through. Since most of the home had recently been updated to a semi-contemporary/transitional look, they wanted to carry that theme into the master bath. The creation of a “spa-like” feel with straight lines and soft tones of gray were accomplished by using “river-rock” striated 12″x24″ porcelain tiles on the floor and walls, dark transitional-style cabinets, stand-alone tub, polished chrome hardware and fixtures, patterned accent wall in the shower and small circular tiles on the shower floor.
GOAL #2 – Make It Look Larger
Since expanding their bathroom was not an option, the goal was to work with the existing space to make it look as large as possible. One of the ways we achieved this was by selecting a larger tile with soft interwoven lines and installing them vertically on the floor, giving the illusion that the rooms deeper. We also ran the same tiles horizontal on the walls in order to make the room seem wider and larger rather than tall and narrow. By removing the tub deck and replacing it with a stand-alone tub, we created a more usable space in the corner and it also allowed us to make the cabinet vanity area larger.
GOAL #3 – More Storage and Functional Space
Before this master bath remodel, there was not enough functional storage space. They wanted more storage above the countertops so everyday toiletries could be easily accessible and more drawer space to store things like brushes and hair styling accessories. Also, he wanted a 36″ high cabinet and she wanted a space to sit and get ready. So we custom designed the perfect marriage of kitchen height countertop for him and knee space for her. By removing the old tub, we were able to add more drawer space for both of them.
GOAL #4 – Enlarge the Shower
As you can see, there was not much room to expand the shower so shrinking the tub area allowed us a few extra inches to make the shower larger. By using larger tiles along the tub/shower wall and changing out the glass walls, it made the shower area feel much larger.
GOAL #5 – Special Features in the Shower
If you’re a woman, you’ll totally understand this request – a hidden place to put your shampoo and conditioner bottles and a comfortable place to put your foot when you’re shaving your legs. We made a small “foot wall” along the tub side of the shower to hide the shower accessories and make those every day tasks a little easier.
At the end of the day, this redesigned master bath was exactly what these homeowners had in mind. If you have similar goals or questions, please give us a call at 256.536.8086.