MASTER BATHROOM RENOVATION
A tired master bathroom was in dire need of an update. The last remaining redeeming feature was a shower head with great water pressure. Everything had to go! As the room was small to begin with, the closet in the room on the other side of the wall was sacrificed in order to extend the shower wall to create a walk-in shower. A review of the layout determined that the fixture locations did not need to be relocated, which can end up being a costly exercise. The vanity with the large sink, yet narrow cabinet was replaced with a wall hung vanity/sink combo with more counter space, drawers for storage and easy cleaning. The wall hung cabinet creates illusion of larger floor space underneath.
The client wanted to keep the design clean and classic; and loved the marble herringbone tile, as used in old hotels, which are known for their long-term durability. I was looking for a simple wall tile that was not glazed, and would not compete with the marble herringbone on the wall behind the shower, so was happy to locate a 150 x 600 matte white wall tile. Originally, the marble herringbone was going to go on the long wall opposite the entry, and across the floor. I was never settled on the tile extending across the floor, and after a hiccup with the supplier, we revisited the floor tile and opted for a 600 x 600 concrete floor tile instead. As well as a cost-savings, this allowed us to do white grout on the walls and grey grout on the floors; which is practical from a maintenance perspective.
Items such as shower fixtures, towel rails, faucet function, toilet design, can be a matter of personal preference. On this project, the client was able to source these items with the floor plan, concept and a little design consultancy!
There are many things to take into consideration when renovating a bathroom, but with considered pre-planning, this bathroom was constructed in just over three weeks. A stark contrast to a previous bathroom renovation where the client had to hand-hold the contractor for close to six months!
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