Happy New Year!
I hope 2013 is off to a wonderful start for you. Mine definitely is – January will be a very busy month for me with design projects – LOVE that.
This story is about a standard issue mid-90’s builder design Master bathroom. You know the one – huge space sucking corner tub, and an itty bitty closed in shower stall.
But what this bathroom had going for it was its size, and two large windows. At a very generous 132 square feet, we had a lot of space to work with. The 2 corner windows of course offered natural light, but also a luxurious design opportunity. My design senses were tingling as soon as I saw this space in my initial consult with my client Kim. When I ran through some of the ideas with her, she was as excited as I was!
The only change we made to the layout was moving the entry door (from the Master Bedroom) over 6” to accommodate a larger shower, and changing it to a narrower pocket door. A pocket door is an easy but valuable addition to incorporate into the design of an ensuite bath – eliminating the space necessary for door swing essentially adds up to 26” in usable floor space.
This view shows exactly where a door swing would have interfered with the design & functionality of the space.
Here’s the new view of the vanity wall. As the design developed, all the finishes and for this space became about understated elegance.
8”x20” soft white matte subway tiles were used on the walls, complemented by a soft taupe rectangular glass mosaic. Quartz was used inside and to frame the wall niches.
The new shower area was increased to a spacious 4’x5’. A knee wall was added to create a complete niche for the tub.
Ahh, and that tub area….a curvy, freestanding tub, surrounded by full length silk drapes on the large windows. Topped (of course) with a spectacular silk shaded chandelier. The design plan allowed for a minimum 10” all the way around the tub, making cleaning practical and simple – yes, those details matter!
The new vanity is finished in BM OC-17 White Dove, topped with a Caesarstone countertop in Organic White. At 112” long (yes, seriously – 9 feet!), it was important to keep it clean lined and simple. The open bottom with a slatted shelf offers a place for ‘spa like’ towel storage, as well as keeping this huge piece from feeling heavy. Deep, soft close drawers offer easy storage, along with the shelving behind the centre doors for taller items.
Oval undermount sinks with softly curved fixtures.
Two mirrors 4’ high and trimmed in chrome were used instead of one large one. Three sconces add symmetry and light the whole expanse without shadow. Small crystal knobs on the sconces pair perfectly with the crystal ‘bubbles’ hanging from the chandelier.
The wall color is BM 2108-60 Abalone.
This Master bathroom renovation was so much fun, and such a wonderful opportunity to create a luxurious and special space with my clients.
Thank you so much Kim & Glenn for inviting me to be part of this project, and allowing me to share it.