A year to remember.
Well, this one goes down as one of my most memorable renovations, but of course, it was 2020 so anything could happen, or go wrong!
The Master Bathroom is the third last room to do in our century home, and I feel that this is one of the most important rooms, next to the kitchen to get your real estate value back. When you do the master bathroom you want to do it right, and you want to do it so that it’s sellable! No cutting corners in this room. One plumbing error and it could lead to water issues down below the room etc. I strongly recommend that you hire tradespeople such as plumbers, electricians, carpenters that know what they’re doing!
We actually started to demo the master bathroom in June 2020, But because we became busy with clients reno’s we had to put things on hold.
Originally the bathroom started with one entrance from the master bedroom, you walked into the bathroom and the door inside to the right was the closet, the toilet was in the back of the room and also had a door. There was a jet tub, shower combination that took up half of the space. It was an old and dingy room.
The master bedroom bathroom is not original to the home and was an addition built probably late 70s. It was definitely done poorly, as all the studs are crooked , it was poorly insulated as well as drywall workmanship nightmare.
Out with the walls, in with the window light.
The first thing we did was remove all of the walls, and put a window in for natural light. If possible every bathroom needs a window. We then put a divider wall up between the closet and the bathroom, and put two separate entrances from the bedroom. I think one of the most unappealing things that you can do is put a bathroom- closet combination! Bathrooms are moist and dusty which can lead its way into a closet, so definitely separate them if you can.
One of our bathroom reno’s for a client had to be put on hold, due to a reconfiguration of plumbing. We had already booked our tiler for three days, and was told we had to keep him busy, so the only thing I could get him to do was our bathroom.
Yikes!!! Problem, I had no tile picked out and I had one day to get it all organized. So I headed to my dealers the next morning, and spent the day trying to find combinations that I could take with me. The problem was that with Covid, everything was out of stock and on back order. I wanted to cry because my original color scheme was not going to work out. The tile I loved the most wouldn’t be here until the end of December, so after spending the day and finally picking out the tiles, I loaded up and headed home, still shaking my head wondering how everything would turn out. As a designer I have a much easier time choosing for my clients than I do for my own home. Way too many choices, well not really during Covid!
The next day I had to go to my suppliers and find a quartz for the counter, shower thresholds, and shower bench seat. I needed some thing immediately, as everything had to be cut and installed the next day. It’s a good thing I have connections. Needless to say as my luck was going there was only one available that worked with the tile, and it wouldn’t have of been my first choice, but it was my only choice! So I really winged this one but in the end the whole project came together beautifully, and I feel it’s one of my best bathrooms to date. We also installed a steam unit in the shower which makes it even more enjoyable. I have included one before picture, and the after pictures. Now to finish the master bedroom which I will write about at a later date.