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Week #17-18 Master Bath

January 2nd, 2009 Posted in Kings Blvd. Remodel, Remodeling Projects

This week’s blog is an in-depth look at the master suite bathroom.  Starting at the entry to the bathroom, a space saving pocket door allows easy access into the space.  To the right of the door is a custom vanity cabinet.  In today’s homes it’s very popular to have two sinks in a master bath, but the homeowner opted for a single sink and extra counter space.  The cabinet design features a roll out shelf under the sink and a storage tower on the countertop.  The extra storage provided by the tower eliminates the need for a medicine cabinet and adds some visual interest to the space.

Master Suite Vanity

Master Suite Vanity

The toilet in this bathroom is tucked into a private nook opposite the vanity.  This particular toilet is taller than a standard toilet, making it more accessible.  When designing with aging in mind the toilet height is an important detail often overlooked.  There is also additional storage in this space, provided by a simple cabinet above the toilet.

Toilet with storage above

Toilet with storage above

In the shower, a lowered ceiling traps in heat and a built-in niche provides extra storage.  Also, a level transition from bathroom floor to shower with no door and a small tile choice with more grout lines on the shower floor all help avoid falls in the most slippery area of the bathroom.

Tile Shower and Vanity

Tile Shower and Vanity

Detail of Shower Tile and Hardware

Detail of Shower Tile and Hardware

Detail of Shower Hardware

Detail of Shower Hardware

At the bathtub, a large soaking tub was installed.  The extra width makes it easier for anyone, but especially those with a mobility issue, to turn when exiting and entering the tub.  It’s important when choosing a tub to consider how well you’ll be able to maneuver in and out, without falling.  The bath deck tile can also play into this consideration.  Try to choose a bath tile that has a bit of texture to it, to avoid slipping when transferring in and out of the tub.

Large Soaking Tub

Large Soaking Tub

Tile is used extensively in the shower and tub area, including the floor tile laid diagonally, the mosaic tile of the shower floor, and the sleek, modern tile of the bathtub and shower walls.  (See the Kings Blvd. Selections-Master Suite page for more tile details.)  The grout lines on the bathtub and shower walls are kept thin to match the line detail of the tile.  It’s interesting to see a material with a modern edge used in a very traditional space.  The modernity adds a touch of luxury to the space.

Detail of Shower, Floor and Wall Tile

Level transition into shower with mosaic floor

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