The large 255 square feet bathroom felt too big and uninviting. It did not have adequate storage for linens. Crumbling plaster and cracked tiles next to the leaking shower needed to be addressed.
At the top of the wife's wish list was a larger closet. Since the bathroom felt too large, it was no problem to enlarge the closet by 22 SF into the bathroom. Also on the list: free standing soaking tub, 2 sinks, a plant area, and large inviting walk-in shower. The toilet and all windows were to remain in their existing locations.
The new free-standing soaking tub is centered between two windows, creating a sculptural focal point upon entering the space. The bather faces a lush plant in a tall recycled rubber planter. Two 48" 4-drawer vanities with integrated sink/countertops were moved to the same wall on either side of a tall linen cabinet. Each vanity has a recessed medicine cabinet (with a height adjustable magnifying mirror) and wall sconces on either side.
Although the tub is indeed beautiful, the shower tile is stunning! At first our thought was a decorative vertical stripe of the gray marble mosaic on the back wall. But it became quickly obvious the better solution was to install it on the entire wall. A few of the mosaic "flowers" were popped into the shower ceiling. The exterior wall behind the new shower was built out for extra insulation to avoid freezing pipes in winter. Half walls topped with glass at each side allow more daylight; a recessed niche on one side provides storage and the shower controls are right inside the door on the other.
The 12x24 porcelain tile was used on the main floor (on top of radiant heat) and the shower half walls. We were also able to use it on the shower floor due to the linear drain installed at the back of the shower. White 8" hex tile was used on the shower ceiling and as 1 row of backsplash tile at the vanities. Honed Black Absolute granite and Jet Mist honed granite trim the shower half walls and curb.
The serene and peaceful deep blue wall color (Benjamin Moore Schooner) provides a counterpoint to all the gray and white.
I was excited that the contractor on this project is a Certified Green Professional. Along with standard green practices he happily used Evergreen Recycling for the construction debris.
SQUARE FEET: 233
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Matt Weiss, MCW Carpentry, LLC