My clients are blessed with an expansive view from their master bath. They were tired of their dated 25 year old décor and wanted to open the feel of the room. “We want a feeling of spaciousness, brightness, and an updated look,” they told me when we first met to discuss the project.
Challenges and Solutions
Because the bathroom is in a downtown loft with an open floor plan and rooms on either side, we needed to create the feeling of a larger room without moving walls. The existing vanity was bulky and the wrong height for my clients. We eliminated the vanity and replaced it with a double bowl wall-hung sink and a free standing Teak cabinet below for storage. We removed the rear discharge toilet and replaced it with a wall hung fixture. To enhance the open feeling, we removed the bathtub and a soffit above to create a two-person shower with a frameless sliding glass door. Removal of the bathtub, the toilet and the half-wall behind them revealed over the floor plumbing which required construction of a platform to accommodate the new re-routed plumbing. To achieve the rich look of a marble without the cost, we chose a porcelain “marble” tile and used it throughout for the walls and flooring providing a cohesive spacious feel to the room. We retained a large mirror over the vanity and removed the wooden slats on the opposite wall, replacing the built-in drawers with a more functional design.
Gone are the plastic shower curtain, the dated wooden slates with the dysfunctional built-in cabinetry, and the old vanity that gave them back aches! They now have a beautiful clear view from their large window and the spacious feeling they had dreamed of! The clients love using their bathroom every day.