We were asked to update a Master Bathroom for clients who had just moved into their home. The current layout featured a corner tub that was taking up a lot of space. The shower was small and the closet attached to the bathroom also needed more space. If you are going to have a walk-in closet, you need some space to turn around in it. Click below to see what we started with:
We had the tub discussion. This is one of the questions we get asked a lot. “Should I keep the tub?” My answer is,”Do you use it? Do you have a tub in another bathroom?” If you are not a ‘tub person’ don’t feel pressured to have one in your bathroom. Especially if you are looking for extra space. A larger shower, instead of a tub and small shower, will be a great feature to have for you and the next owner.
In this case we proposed the removal of the tub to gain a larger shower. This meant there would be an existing window in the new shower location (on the wall to the right) and it was facing the neighbor’s house. To avoid awkward conversations with their friends next door, the window in the shower was removed and a skylight was installed. I love that it floods the bathroom with lots of natural light and provides the privacy you need in a bathroom. Click below to see the new plan:
The subway tile used on the walls gives it a classic look. The hex floor is the contrast needed for the white walls.
A door swinging into the Bathroom was going to be in the way of the new entrance to the toilet room (on the left as you enter) and bother the person standing in front of the vanity. (on the right as you enter) Of course, a sliding door solved this. I was using these before it was cool.
Love that natural light!!!
I had considered doing a recessed shelf here, but realized I would be featuring the shampoo and soap, not the beautiful tile. So the shelf is on the side of the shower and the shampoo and soap not part of your first impression.
The vanity, mirror and lighting were not changed in this project because this part of the bathroom functioned well with the new design. The only change to the toilet area (to the left) was moving the door, so the closet could expand, by 3 1/2 feet!
Its a common assumption that you need to expand your bathroom to improve its function. That is not always the case. It is possible to change the layout to improve a space’s function without making it bigger. Sometimes it can even get smaller … and better.