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Project of the Month: Master Bathroom Update

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Dec 13, 2016

Master bathrooms are private retreats designed for comfort, safety and aesthetics pleasing to the users.

The owners of a home in Jamesville, NY wanted to update their master bathroom, which was a style from 20 years ago, with new fixtures, cabinets, lighting and tile.

While the new design used the original footprint of the room, the walk-in shower was expanded and a freestanding tub was added as an architectural element.

master bathroom update

Wood stained cabinets with clean lines, a freestanding soaking tub with a handheld spray, a walk-in shower with updated tile and quartz trim, and denim blue walls update this master bathroom in a home built in the early 1990s.

Homeowners’ Objectives

The homeowners wanted to remove a whirlpool tub and replace it with a freestanding soaking tub for comfort.

They also wanted to enlarge the walk-in shower and replace the outdated vanity cabinets, laminate counters, large plate glass mirror and round cosmetic light bulbs.

BEFORE: Whirlpool Tub and Shower

BEFORE: The original bathroom had a whirlpool tub with a deck which took up a lot of space even though it was placed in a corner. The shower stall was very confined.

BEFORE: Vanity

BEFORE: The vanity had dated cabinets, a laminate countertop and drop-in sinks. The plate glass mirror and light fixture were outmoded, too.

Master Bath As Built Drawing

AS BUILT DRAWING: The original layout showing the locations of the whirlpool tub, walk-in shower, vanity and toilet. The dimensions of the bathroom are approximately 12-by-9½ feet (114 square feet) in area.

McClurg’s Solutions

We worked with the homeowners to address their specifications in designing the master bathroom update. They discussed their ideas with us for new fixtures and we helped them find products for the project.

The motor for the freestanding tub was not part of the tub itself. It had to be located in the basement and all plumbing and electrical piped to it.

The project took five weeks to complete.

Master Bath Plan Drawing

PLAN DRAWING: The new plan separated the tub from the wall and expanded the walk-in shower by increasing the width and adding a shower seat.

Master Bath Perspective Drawing

PERSPECTIVE DRAWING: 3-D sketch showing the proposed design and layout for the freestanding tub and walk-in shower.

The following products were used in the project:

1.  Freestanding Tub with Air Jets and a Heater

freestanding tub

The soaking tub is designed for comfort with a flat base and air-jet water circulation. The faucet is a floor mount fixture from Delta.

2.  Showerhead

showerhead on subway tile

A wall-mounted showerhead with spray adjustments was selected for the walk-in shower. The faucet fixture is Grohe brushed nickel.

3.  Shower Wall Tile

shower wall tile

Shower wall tile laid in a subway pattern features a built-in niche for storing bath products.

4.  Shower Surround

shower with glass enclosure and seat

The subway wall tile surround complements the clear glass enclosure of the walk-in shower. Cambria quartz was used for the corner shower seat and kneewall trim.

5.  Shower Base Tile

shower base tile

The shower interior uses a 2-by-2-inch ceramic stone-look base tile.

6.  Vanity Cabinets and Mirrors

vanity and medicine cabinets

The custom vanity cabinets and medicine cabinet mirrors are from Elmwood Fine Custom Cabinetry. The vanity counter is Cambria Quartz. The cabinet knobs and pulls are from Top Knobs.

7.  Undermount Sinks

undermount sink

Undermount sinks were installed with a Cambria Quartz countertop that has a marble look and is easy to maintain in a bathroom. The vanity sink faucet is Grohe brushed nickel.

8.  Lighting

Kitchler three-lamp downlight fixture

Two Kitchler three-lamp downlight fixtures with white globes were selected to illuminate the vanity.

9.  Flooring

driftwood ceramic plank tile flooring

The weathered driftwood-look ceramic plank tile brightens the room and contrasts with the dark blue walls. Since there is less grout used for this type of flooring it makes the floor easy to clean.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Projects of the Month