Modern Masterpiece

Our clients came to us for help to redesign and remodel their awkwardly laid-out master bathroom. The bathroom was spacious enough, though inefficient. Function and aesthetic were equally important to the clients during this project. Before we started the remodel, there were two separate closets on either side of the bathroom entrance, the shower was narrow and felt cramped, the tub was largely taking up more room than necessary, and there were two separate vanities on different walls.

Our clients were in need of one large closet for the couple to share, one combined vanity with storage all in one area, and a combination tub/shower ‘wet room’. After reconfiguring the overall layout, design came into play to achieve the monochromatic, clean-lined, contemporary escape our clients dreamed of.

Clients Needs Included:

  • Combining 2 separate closets into 1 large, organized space
  • Eliminating 2 separate vanities and providing a new, longer vanity with more workable space and storage
  • Demo outdated cramped shower and large corner tub replace with an
    enclosed ‘wet room’ area with a larger shower, and a freestanding tub
  • Create a contemporary, clean feel
  • Incorporate black, gray, white monochromatic theme that is continued throughout the rest of the home
  • Install a barn door over new closet for a space-saving entry
  • Include lots of clear glass to allow light to flow into the bathroom, and provide a polished look
  • Relocate water closet doorway to allow for new closet space

Closets

Addressing Closet Needs:

  • Removed the entire closet on the left side of bathroom entrance, and expanded the closet on the right side of bathroom entrance to create
    one large, shared closet space
  • Tore down wall and eliminated vanity on right side of bathroom to make room for new, larger closet
  • Relocate water closet doorway to allow for new back wall of closet
  • Removed chunky soffits and pot shelves above closets to increase storage space inside new closet, and to create a larger, open feel in the
    bathroom

Before

Closets Before

Left Side Closet
Eliminated entire closet including soffits and pot shelves

Right Side Closet
Removed one wall to expand closet

After

New expanded closet with barn door over entrance

Vanities

Addressing Vanity Needs:

  • Removed small vanity on right side of bathroom clients hated that the 2 vanities were separate from each other, and not combined on one wall
  • Eliminated oversized soaking tub to make room to extend vanity on the back wall for increased counter and storage space
  • Included hidden outlets inside the new cabinet for hair tools, shaver, toothbrushes, etc

Before

Vanities Before

Left Side Vanity
Eliminated oversized tub to extend vanity to the wall, increasing counter & storage space

Right Side Vanity
Eliminated vanity here to extend closet

After

New extended vanity with additional counter and storage space

Shower & Tub Area

Addressing Shower Needs:

  • Demo outdated cramped shower, and build a larger shower where existing closet used to be
  • Do away with oversized soaking tub and surround, and install a freestanding tub
  • Create a combined shower/tub ‘wet room’ for seamless access between shower and tub
  • Surround wet area with clear glass to allow natural light to flow in, and give the area a bright, expansive appearance
  • Wet area to have doorless entry

Tub & Shower Area Before

Before

Shower Before
Removed existing shower and closet, built new shower in place of existing closet

Tub Before
Got rid of oversized tub and surround

After

New shower/tub ‘wet room’ area with doorless entry

Relocated all existing plumbing for reconfigured bathroom layout

Removed soffits and pot shelves for a more open visual aspect

Large, clear glass panels let in plenty of natural light to brighten the space

Challenges Along the Way…

Most of the challenges faced during this project were due to the fact that this master bathroom is upstairs. One of the biggest challenges we faced was the dilemma of our client wanting a curbless, barrier-free shower entry that had a seamless transition from the bathroom floor to the shower floor. Being upstairs, the only way to achieve the look our client wanted would have been to float the entire master bathroom and bedroom floor, which still would have created a step from the rest of the upstairs floor. That was not an ideal solution for the client, so we proposed the idea of building the shower/tub wet area up on a platform so that we could properly slope the shower floor for the drain. Our client was very satisfied with this suggestion, and in turn, it made the wet area a more pronounced feature.

Enhancements

FUNCTIONAL

  • Wet area seamless transition between shower & tub
  • No door at wet area entrance
  • Spacious shower
  • Barn door over closet entry to avoid taking up space with a swing door
  • Larger tiles used on the bathroom floor for fewer grout lines
  • Combined closet for organized storage in one place
  • Combined vanity for additional counter and storage space
  • New task lighting installed throughout bathroom
  • Large soap niche to store a variety of products

AESTHETIC

  • Mix of different patterns and materials for interesting visual aspects
  • Clean lines integrated throughout bathroom for a contemporary look
  • Monochromatic color scheme carried throughout the rest of the home
  • Chandelier over vanity provides a glam touch
  • Concrete vessel sink softly contrasts clean, smooth surfaces
  • Marble looking materials used in more than one application for repetition
  • Bright white barn door to coordinate with new shaker style cabinets
  • Clear glass visually creates a larger bathroom and wet area

Superior Craftsmanship & Innovation

Bold, contrasting elements unified in a monochromatic color scheme

Custom shaker cabinetry painted in a bright white finish to showcase marble looking quartz counters

Mix of patterns and shapes used in tiles

Waterproof glass protection applied for easy maintenance

Plenty of drawer storage included in cabinets containing hidden outlets

Summary

Our clients needed their awkwardly laid-out master bathroom redesigned and remodeled. The bathroom was spacious, though inefficient. Function and aesthetic were equally important to our clients. In the existing layout, there were closets on either side of the bathroom entrance, the shower was narrow and cramped, the tub was taking up too much room, and there were two separate vanities.

Our clients requested one large closet for the couple to share, one combined vanity, and a combination tub/shower ‘wet room’. After reconfiguring the overall layout, the design came into play to achieve the monochromatic contemporary escape our clients dreamed of.

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