Today I’m excited to share a bathroom renovation by my father and I that I LOVE. I’ve posted some peeks during the process, but now you guys get the real deal. This was a repeat client (our favorite!) as we previously designed and remodeled their kitchen. We love when clients come back to us with new projects because A) it means we did a good job the first time and B) I already have a sense of their style and personality so it makes the project so much easier.
My client is really fun. She gravitated towards a more modern aesthetic, but also wanted the space to be warm and comfortable. She wasn’t afraid to take a few risks which is always a thrill for me. Pushing your comfort zone always creates the best results. When I walked into the finished bathroom I was just floored. The guys transformed the space into something beautiful (and functional!) Most importantly, my clients love it. Score one for the home team.
An antique-mirrored linen cabinet provides plenty of storage, including two hampers.
BEFORE: When we came into the picture the bathroom was divided into two rooms, with the main bathroom in the back and a carpeted vanity area in the front. The room had some weird angles that made the layout feel crowded. The shower was dark and cave-like and storage was an issue as well.
THE LAYOUT: We decided to make the whole space the bathroom. That made for a larger, even weirder shaped room, but somehow it worked out. We placed the double sinks along the entrance way. I like that they are the first thing you see when you enter. Also, I always like mirrors across from windows to brighten rooms.
The shower stayed in the same location, but got much bigger. We removed the tub since it wasn’t necessary and built a new vanity/make up area which is also near a window. Natural lighting is the best for primping! And the old location of the sink was turned into the full height linen cabinet you see above. I think it fills that angle perfectly and the mirrored doors reflect even more light, making the space feel brighter and larger.
BEFORE: Looking from the bedroom. This was the vanity area with the bathroom in the background. The doorway on the left leads to the master closet.
AFTER: From same angle, the bathroom goes from cramped to feeling huge.
THE SINK: Instead of your typical double sink setup, we decided to do one large trough sink that easily accommodates two users. The sink and countertop are one piece and made from a concrete composite. It was made by Sonoma Cast Stone and we were happy with the quality and looks. It’s so seamless and chic!
THE CABINETRY: I designed all of the cabinetry and it was custom made by Christiana Cabinetry. For a modern look we went with slab style drawers in a gray stain. This is different than a paint, as some of the wood grain shows through. It’s subtle, warm and pretty. With plain fronts, hardware is even more important. These pulls make me happy.
BEFORE: Here is the old shower and slant wall. the shower was just terrible. My client couldn’t wait to get rid of it!
AFTER: The shower is a little better right? Big, bright and inviting! We did two shower heads, including the rain head you can see from this angle.
TILE DETAILS: If you are eyeing up that wood floor, you should know it’s actually tile. Everyone is surprised to learn that it looks that good in person! The trick with a good wood-look porcelain is choosing one with good color depth, but mostly its all in the install. We did a stagger layout repeating every 5 tiles or so. It makes it look more authentic.
For the shower we did a pebble tile to contrast the “wood” and continue the organic theme. The large shower niche on the left wall stores tons of products while not being visible from the entrance. I love a hand shower for a second shower head. It’s useful for both showering and cleaning.
STORAGE: The linen cabinet is a big tall piece. I was concerned about it feeling too heavy in the room, so we added antique mirror to the top doors. I enjoy the contrast of the antique mirror against the modern doors and hardware. There are two pull out hampers concealed in this piece as well.
I love the little foot detail on the linen cabinet! This is one of my signatures. I just think its a small little touch that makes a piece more custom and finished.
VANITY AREA: For a little contrast, we gave the make-up area a rich wood countertop with “waterfall edges” wrapping down the sides of the cabinets. This piece was also made by Christiana Cabinetry.
BEFORE: A wall divided the space between the bathroom and vanity area. The vanity area also used to be open to the bedroom.
AFTER: Open, bright and pretty. I like that we did the framed mirror with side lights. The extra framing detail defines the sconces nicely.
ACCESSORIES: I was really happy that my client asked me to help with all aspects of the bathroom design, including lighting, textiles, window treatments and even art. All of these details are just as important as tile and fixtures and help complete a space.
And that is one more for the record books! I’m just so happy that we have awesome clients that trust us to design and build spaces for them. I hope you enjoyed Project Modern Organic too!
Cabinetry: Christiana Cabinetry
Countertop/Sink: Sonoma Cast Stone
Towels: Serena & Lily
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