Sunday, August 29, 2010

Making Spaces

Next to kitchens, master bathroom remodels are the most common choice in updates for today's homeowners.  When Kim and K. C. first approached me and Connie about redoing their master bathroom, their main goal was more closet space.

As you can see from this drawing of the original plan (which was actually built in reverse), their bathroom was dominated by a huge corner whirlpool tub.  Kim and K. C. had been sharing the one walk-in closet, and they had simply run out of room.

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Remember how all of us thought we just had to have that whirlpool tub when we built or bought our houses in the late '80's through most of the '90's?  Many of us later discovered that either we never set foot in the tub or if we did we never turned on the jets because yucky stuff collected in the pipes.  Well, Kim was at the point that she was more than willing to give up a tub that she never used if she could use the space for another closet.

After first looking at the possibility of taking part of the master bedroom for another closet, we decided that the best solution was to move the toilet, relocate the shower door (which used to open off the toilet area), and convert the existing toilet/shower room to another closet.  Here's a look at the plan for the remodel.

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Now Kim and K. C. each have a walk-in closet, and we more than doubled their storage space by adding an armoire between the his and her vanities.

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nolen 006One thing that Kim was worried about was losing the light from the one bathroom window which used to be over the tub, so the original plan was to simply put a cased opening between the vanity area and the toilet/shower area.  However, concerns about privacy led Connie to suggest using a French door instead.  Problem solved.  The door gives a feeling of privacy but still lets light into the vanity area.

The tall armoire and mirrors that run from the top of the backsplash to the bottom of the crown molding add height to a room with 8' ceilings.

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nolen 004 We have found that a lot of our customers like the open look of a channel faucet.  This one is a fairly recent addition to Delta's Victorian Collection in Venetian bronze.  All plumbing fixtures came from Ferguson Supply.  Tropic brown granite for the countertops was fabricated and installed by Architectural Stone Accents.  The backsplash tile is tumbled marble from Jenkins Brick and Tile.  It was also used for the shower floor, ceiling and trim.

nolen 007 We continued the bronze look in our choice of door and cabinet hardware and other accessories, including Kim's lighted wall-mounted make up mirror from Mayer Lighting.  It has both a regular and a magnifying side.  With a little planning ahead, we added wiring in the wall for the mirror, so there is no unsightly cord to contend with.

nolen 010 The shower is tiled in 13x13 porcelain tile laid in a pattern using brick joint and diagonal.  The 2x2 accent tiles complement the bronze fixtures which feature a large rain head, a handheld shower on a slide bar and two body sprays, with a diverter valve that allows you to use any two of these features at the same time.  A frameless shower door gives the whole thing a clean look.

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The Nolens have been so pleased with their new bathroom that they've let us move on to their kitchen.  As K. C. said, "Once you let them in, you can't get rid of them."

Pic_for_Body_of_Blog3 For other magical transformations, be sure to visit Susan who is hosting Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good day Kathy...what a great space you have made...Now I'm one of those nuts that have to have my jet tub and do use it all the time...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Malvie said...

Who on earth ever thought those stupid "Garden Tubs" were a worthwhile---much less "must have" feature, taking up acres and acres of space in the bathroom? They are a good place to store plants brought in for the winter. Very nice re-do, and I'm with your other customers, I like those open faucets. Beautiful granite, I wish I could afford it.

Sarah said...

Kathy, you do beautiful work. I wish you were here to work on a project or two around our home. :-)

walk-in wardrobe design said...

walkin closet or walkin wardobe?

Patti said...

Love the fixtures!! well done

Mary said...

This bath is beautiful.


Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

A fantastic project! A job well done!And who couldn't love more closet space.

NYCLQ said...

Beautiful project! I really like the solution for storage by adding the cabinet above the counter. Great bronze fixtures too...

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Allison Shops said...

What a great makeover. We have the cabinet/storage between our sinks and love it. They will too!

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sweet violets said...

Love your make over....esp the shower head, great fixtures!!! Also have a jacuzzi and use it all the time, best thing I put in this house!!! Cleo

Vanessa said...

What a great remodel! You are incredibly talented and I can't wait to look through your posts and see more of your projects!

xinex said...

What a beautiful transformation! You do beautiful work, Kathy. You're a true professional...Christine

Kim said...

What a smart and beautiful space. I like the lights mounted right on the mirrors, that for sure doubles the light.

Joyce said...

This is a beautiful space!

Debby said...

It is absolutely beautiful.

niartist said...

I just love the way this turned out! It's really beautiful, and I'm in awe over that cabinet/vanity! WOWZA! Thanks for sharing, and as always inspiring!
P.S., stop by and let me know what you think of my little video I did of my house. I hope you like it - would love to know what you think!

Robin said...

BEAUTIFUL remodel! I love all the colors and fixtures! We have a huge whirlpool tub, but my 7 y.o. uses it frequently...haha! I'm sure once he's grown and gone, it will just be a big open waste of space.