We recently had the pleasure of working on a master bathroom remodeling project for a young couple living in Dallas. It was eye opening to them as we walked through all of the details to consider and options available!
Our clients had secretly been watching our project unfold across the street at their neighbor’s house, and finally approached the contractor asking for help with their bathroom project. He pointed them in our direction and we quickly hit it off! Their wishes were for a bathroom that was contemporary with a hint of Mid Century. They also wanted increased storage. A key wish was for a larger shower AND they were willing to get rid of their outdated, sunken bathtub.
We utilize extensive questionnaires in all of our projects, and in the case of a bathroom remodel, it can get a little personal. However, it is important to make sure to address these details in order to get the project done right. Here are a few questions we ask our clients – and you should ask yourself if you’re considering a bathroom renovation anytime soon:
- How many people will be using the bath tub at once?
- How many people will be showering at once?
- Do you want a private space for the toilet? (And how strong do you need the ventilation?)
- How old are you? And how long do you anticipate keeping the house?
Yeah. And you thought interior design was just making houses pretty.
The last question is key for clients who plan on “aging in place” when details such as attractive grab bars and curb-less showers should be considered.
The master bathroom is the second most important room in the house (behind the kitchen). This is true not only when you live there, but when you’re ready to sell the house too. So we encourage our clients to make a wish list of everything they can imagine in the bathroom, and then we scale it according to the budget and the “must haves”. This is not just updating the countertops and shower tile, this can include heated floors, towel warmers, intricate tile details, and so forth.
Getting back to our recent project, you can see in the “before” photo above, there is a huge picture window above the bathtub. Our clients said there was so much natural light that they were willing to remove this window. That was helpful, because we wanted to increase the size of the shower, and moving it to where the bathtub was was an ideal solution – except for that giant window.
You can see in our rendering below that we removed the window altogether. We created a niche to run along the back wall instead, providing a lot of storage for necessities.
Don’t worry, folks, we are not creating a dark cave in this master bathroom. You can see below that there are 2 large windows above the vanity and they flood the space with gorgeous sunshine.
However, these windows proved to be a bit of their own challenge. The vanity was not centered under these windows, nor was the mirror, which gave the space an uneven balance that was not easily identified but definitely felt. So. We removed a couple of inches from the overall width of the vanity and centered it on the windows. The difference in size is well worth the feeling of proportion and balance in the relatively small bathroom. Who says the vanity has to be attached to a wall?
You can see below that the harmony begins by the size of the mirror, which is the same width as the windows and the vanity. The balance continues as the vanity lights are each centered on a window, as are the faucets and the vanity doors. You may not think these details are important to consider when you are renovating a bathroom, but if they are overlooked, you will always feel that something is “off”. Not only did we create a beautiful space for our clients, but the consideration given to scale and balance also creates a peaceful harmony.
Stay tuned. I’ll post the details of the storage solutions we presented – including a simple closet makeover.
If you are thinking about a small or large renovation in your home, please give us a call to ensure your satisfaction! Hiring a professional pays for itself in the kitchen and bathroom details, regardless of whether you are going to dwell or sell.