the evolution of a bathroom

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen progress pictures of one of the bathrooms I’m currently working on redesigning.  Since I haven’t really blogged about it, I thought I’d share some of the pictures with you guys today.  
When I first saw it, the master bathroom was very compartmentalized.  There was a tiny little “bathroom” within the bathroom that housed a small shower (to the left in the picture), a tiny sink, and the toilet.  Connected to it was a small room that had a makeup vanity so to speak, with two different closets off it it.  There were low soffits and the walls were dark, which made the space feel cramped and tiny.  Overall, the bathroom was just not well laid out.
One of my absolute favorite parts of design is space planning – meaning figuring out the most effective floor plan for a space.  Maybe it’s the architect in me, but nothing makes me more excited than reconfiguring a space to better fit people’s needs.  Because the bathroom was so cramped, we decided to blow open all of the walls to remove all of the mini spaces within it.  This left us with pretty large room to work with.  

We expanded the shower, making it way larger than it was before, moved the sink to where the step in closet used to be, which allowed us to make it a double sink, and enclosed the toilet in a separate room for privacy.  Since there were originally two closets off this bathroom, we decided to just use the larger one, and we were able to gain additional space in that one by removing a big, bulky built in piece.  Eventually, custom closet shelving will be installed to maximize the space we do have.  
Along with designing a new custom vanity, I also design a custom shelving unit that was installed where the old sink was.  This provided ample storage for any sort of towels/bathroom accessories.  
Left: the cavity where the shelving unit will be installed
Center: the little room for the toilet
Right: the entrance to the new, expanded closet

 Then the fun part came: tiling.

Eventually, the cabinets were installed, and what surprised me most was how they actually made the space feel larger.  You would think that adding large cabinets would make the space feel smaller, but because you started to get a feel for how you’d use the space, you started to realize how much space there actually was.

After the cabinets went in, the glass accents walls were installed, both in the shower and above/below the vanity.

And that brings us to today.  All grouting has been completed, so now we move on to installing shower fixtures, hanging the remaining doors, installing trim…the work continues.  But it’s so fun to see how far we’ve come from that tiny little compartmentalized bathroom.

What projects are you currently working on?

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2 Responses to the evolution of a bathroom

  1. Brian REED says:

    Really innovative designs that optimizes space big time. Loved it. Keep up the good work. Was checking online for bathrooms when i found this blog. So glad i did.

  2. It’s awesome to see the project’s progress. From bits and pieces, it slowly turned into a gorgeous bathroom. Even if the pictures show that it wasn’t finished yet, you can already assume that it will really turned out to be a stunning room. I’m sure you rocked this project just like how you did on your previous work. :)

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