I have faced a design dilemma in my master bathroom and although I’ve probably broken some sort of design rule, “I be thinkin'” it’s going to work just fine. But first I have to get to the dilemma by taking you on a bathroom tour.
Two years ago we finally worked on updating our very outdated master bath. It was circa 1980 to the extreme: Gold foil wallpaper, gold fixtures, peach carpet (yep, carpet in the bathroom), huge soaker tub that was unbelievably uncomfortable because of how far it leaned back. In fact, several years ago we ordered a custom soaker tub to replace the old one and it sat in our shop for three years so we were excited to finally get it installed.
The door in the picture below is a sauna that went unused for years and became a “catch-all” of junk.
The shower was a tiny little cave. I can’t count the times I cracked my elbows on the clunky shower knobs. The brown box on the shower wall was an intercom / music system that was wired throughout the house and quit working about two years after we moved in. We are slowly but surely removing them from every room. The stool was short to the ground. In fact, to quote a friend’s little girl during a visit to our home, “Mommy, their potty fits me.”
Like any project, the first thing necessary was a master plan. I did hours of internet searching and came up with fixtures and ideas I liked then sent them off to my construction guru, aka brother Rick, where a construction plan was drafted, including a shower expansion with a bench seat by extending the shower into part of the sauna. To simplify the project, all plumbing was kept in its original location.
The look had a very contemporary, clean feel to it with satin nickel fixtures, wood plank ceramic floor tile, quartz countertops, vessel sinks and modern, halogen light fixtures. I painted the walls a soft, warm lavender color to compliment the gradient tile stripes. Although the “after” pictures aren’t showing a completed bathroom (it is at the 85% finished mark – has been now for two years……ummmm……Rick…….), it was a completely transformed, lovely space.
Installing the glass side panels on the shower helped create a more open and airy feel. The countertop cabinets still need their side and top panels installed. Each cabinet has an outlet inside of it to hide electric razors and toothbrushes.