The transformation of this 1990s master bath was spectacular. The finishes reflect the homeowner’s desire to add a more modern look the space. The design also allowed for additional functionality.
Original bathroom: This home is located in the Woodacre subdivision on the west side of Indianapolis. The homeowners built the house in 1990 and now that they are empty nesters, they are slowly remodeling the whole house to get it ready for eventual sale. They had already remodeled the kitchen, so the master bath was next.
Double entry doors opened to highlight an overly large garden tub, which dominated the original space. The small, closet-like shower was located in the same area as the commode. The two vanities consisted of lower cabinets only, and plate glass wall mirrors. The master closet was located in the bathroom area, and although large, did not use its space very well.
Design: Increasing the functionality of the large space was a major goal in this remodel. The new design called for pulling out the garden tub to open up room for a much larger shower. Tower cabinetry was added to the vanities to increase the storage space. Finally, reconfiguring the large master closet was to provide better organization.
Husband & wife design: The owners worked together with the design team on the selection of the materials. “My husband was in charge of the shower and I focused on the vanity areas.,” said the homeowner. “I wanted the vanity tops to be granite, but I did not want them to look like a kitchen, so that led me to my color choice. The plumbing fixtures were chosen to be sleek and modern.”
New soaking tub: The new design took advantage of the original footprint. By keeping the double door entry and pulling the garden tub, the installation of a soaking tub had the “wow” factor the homeowners were looking for. The owners commented, “The bathroom had a huge garden tub, and I like the sleek look of the new one. After having a garden tub for years, I wanted something different.”
Glass: From the tile back splash on the vanities and the stair risers to the textured shower doors, beautiful glass is found throughout the new bathroom. According to the homeowner, “The glass block behind the tub was a last minute change. I was having trouble finding a window treatment that I liked, and my designer suggested the glass block. We did not choose the most popular style. We did not have to be too concerned with the amount of light the glass block let in because we also have a skylight. We were able to choose the glass style even though it did not let in as much light as other styles. We also found that replacing the windows and getting new window treatments was actually going to cost more than the glass block.”
New closet space: The new design called for the removal of the railings that were originally located in the loft space in the closet, making the space feel much larger. Adding additional shelves, hanging bars and a library ladder made the closet more functional.The homeowners noted, “My favorite part of the bathroom remodel is the closet. The old one had a loft that felt very dark and closed. Now the closet is bright and new, and I can see everything. We have many more shelves and the space has been opened up. It helped me organize my things.”
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