In every remodeling or renovation project, our clients were not aware of how much detail and planning actually goes into the project. You don’t know what you don’t know, right? That is what we are here for. So I thought I’d share some of what to consider when remodeling YOUR master bathroom!
If you follow us on social media, you’ll recognize this master bathroom as #ProjectYellowRock. This is a simple bathroom remodel, but is also a great example of all of the details that go into the process of a bathroom renovation.
Our clients had secretly been watching another one of our projects unfold across the street at their neighbor’s house. After seeing beautiful results, they approached the contractor asking for help with their bathroom remodel project. He started asking them WHAT they wanted to do with their bathroom. WHAT selections they had made. And so forth. As unanswered questions kept piling up, he pointed them in our direction and we had the pleasure of guiding them through the renovation process step by step.
Their wishes were for a bathroom that was contemporary with a hint of Mid Century style. They also wanted increased storage, a larger shower AND they were willing to get rid of their outdated, sunken bathtub.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.
It is important to make sure to address even the smallest of details in order to get the project done right the first time. Here are just 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?
- Do you have another bathtub in the home? (This is important for future re-sale.)
- 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.
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 about updating the countertops and shower tile, this can include heated floors, towel warmers, intricate tile details, plumbing relocation and more! Because when you hire an interior designer to help you plan a renovation, we aren’t just picking out pretty finishes for you. We also ensure that the design will FIT into the space allotted. We create detailed floor and space plans down to the inch. Not only to meet general design practices and guidelines, but also for proper scale and balance.
Getting back to our recent project, you can see in the “before” photo in the beginning of this post, there is a huge picture window above the bathtub. Our clients said there was so much natural light from other windows in the bathroom, 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 3-dimensional 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. Having a 3D rendering is a great way to “know” what your space is going to turn out looking like. This is especially helpful when any sort of renovation is to take place.
But don’t worry, folks, we are not creating a dark cave in this master bathroom. You can see in the image 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.
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.
Our clients also wanted more storage. So we created a linen closet where (part of) their shower used to be. AND we re-imagined their walk in closet.
The master closet was attached to the bathroom, so we suggested tearing everything out of the existing closet and maximizing the space available. By inventory-ing (is that a word?) our clients’ existing closet contents, determining what was most to least important, and using every square inch available, our previously jam-packed closet now has “extra” space to fill!
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.
This post originally published July 2017 and updated July 2018.