This master bath remodel is a classic example of the value of thoughtful space-planning and design.
The owners, Barry and Annette have a beautiful house with plenty of space for the entire family. The problem was the master bedroom suite.
Although the bathroom was large by most accounts (14’ x 15’ for a total of 210 square feet) the walk-in closet was not up to the standard of the rest of the house. Tucked into a corner of the bathroom, it was a small patch of space with an angled wall providing a mere 16 linear feet of hanging space while the bathroom itself had over 75 square feet of open floor space.
The large, oval tub consumed more than its share of the floor space and the rest of the bathroom sorely needed updating. Both Barry and Annette had their fill of the wallpaper and the carpeted floor didn’t help matters any.
Their concept was simple: re-design the bathroom and build as large of a closet as possible with new countertops, fixtures and a heated tile floor. Since they use the tub infrequently, it could be of a more modest size but the shower, which is used daily needed to be open, light and spacious.
The drawings below show the before and after floor plans of the space.
The closet has been redesigned to run the entire length of the room, increasing its area by more than 50%. The remainder of the space has been laid out to accommodate all of the essential functions in a compact yet open plan. The result is far more closet space and drastically reduced open floor area that was essentially wasted, transitional space.
Brent, the lead carpenter is off to a great start, having demolished all of the unwanted walls and surfaces in the first week. The new wall has been framed in as well as the tub deck and the plumbers have capped off the old plumbing and roughed-in all the new plumbing including the shower valve. He has tarped-off the work area to contain any dirt and dust from infiltrating the bedroom and he has also erected a scaffold outside to provide access for workers and equipment, thus reducing the potential for damage to the interior of the house. Not bad for five days work, Brent and Dean!
Check back as we follow the project through all of its phases. Those of you interested in warm floors may want to pay particular attention when we start installing the floor tile.