Who doesn’t love “Before” and “After” Interior Design photos? We do, so we wanted to share a recent Master Bathroom project with you – complete with the “before” and “after” pictures. This master bathroom project started with a dated 1980s master bathroom with tub/shower combo, a small one sink vanity and a toilet below a small window. This bathroom was dated, as seen by the cream colored hexagonal tiles on the floor. Adjacent to the bathroom was the typical 80s style “sink area” with a very small linen closet. This area was carpeted with the original 80s carpet from the master bedroom.
Let’s take a look.
GOALS THE HOMEOWNER WISHED TO ACCOMPLISH
- Design a larger master bathroom by incorporating the two smaller rooms
- Create a vanity area with two sinks
- Devise storage around the sink areas for makeup, necessities, medicine, etc.
- Build a shower with a bench and two showerheads
- Incorporate general, task and ambient lighting
- Fabricate a large linen closet for towels, sheets, bedding, products, etc.7.
- Make the look and fee of the bathroom more contemporary while having it fit in with the rest of the home
INITIAL DESIGN STEPS TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS
Our first step was to create floor plans for the entire space, drawings for the vanity, and elevations of the shower. Once all of these were decided upon, the fun began… selections and purchases for the space.
A porcelain calacatta look tile was used for main shower tiles, while a small 1×1 tile with shine and texture in gray would be used as accents for both the shower niche and the plumbing wall of the shower. Coordinating basket weave tiles were used on the shower floor. A light to medium gray tile with white veining was used on the main floor of the master bathroom.
The custom vanity cabinetry was made out of maple and stained a dark mocha color. The countertop bears a stark contrast to the cabinetry in a white quartz. This white quartz is repeated on the bench in the shower, the shower curb, and thresholds at the doorways.
The plumbing fixtures are a polished chrome, and where possible, the couple decided upon a square look as shown in the Kohler Loure widespread faucet to the left.
Finally, accessories and towels are in white to complete the clean and contemporary look.
THREEFOLD LIGHTING PLAN FOR THE ROOM
Overhead recessed lighting would provide overall general room lighting
Sconces located at the vanity area would provide task lighting for makeup, etc.
LED strip lighting in the crown moulding of the vanity towers and below the wall hung center vanity cabinets would serve as dramatic accent lighting. The dual purpose of the LED strip lighting is that it can be used at night to softly light the bathroom with no harshness.
All of the lighting is on dimmers to control the amount of light in the bathroom at any time. As a sidenote, a convenient and electricity saving motion activated light was added to the master bedroom closet.
GETTING TO WORK
Next, the destruction/construction phase of the job began. Walls were removed between the two areas, the tub/shower was removed and walls were opened up to get to the plumbing and electrical.
Once the shower and linen closet were built, the rough in plumbing was completed and electrical wires were run. The dry wall work was complete and tile work began. After the custom vanity was installed, the counter top was set in place and the finish plumbing and lighting was done.
The “after” pictures tell the best story…
The homeowners were pleased that all of their original goals for the room had been met and they are enjoying the serene feel of their new master bathroom.