For budget reasons, we initially planned only a cosmetic update, but as luck would have it, a shower leak forced us to remodel completely. :-)
The renovation took much longer than expected because of contractor issues, but ultimately, we got (most of) what we wanted: a streamlined bathroom with a simple layout, luxurious finishes, modern amenities, and a warm, traditional style consistent with the house's architecture. We didn't over-personalize or do anything too trendy, because we know we'll upgrade from this home within the foreseeable future and wanted to maximize re-sale value. To that money-saving end, we left most of the plumbing and electrical in place.
So, welcome, to the improved master bath:
We punted the 80s-style jetted tub that no one ever used in favor of a double shower with Turkish travertine, oil-rubbed bronze Grohe fixtures (including three shower sprays: traditional, rain, and handheld), and frameless glass. The window has rain glass to permit privacy while still allowing light. A long bench provides ample seating, and two niches house all of our toiletries. The shower now measures 6' x 6.5' and is the centerpiece of the room.
His-and-her-vanities flank the right and left ends of the bathroom and adjoin his-and-hers closets. We also have a full wall of extra-deep linen cabinets, which add the equivalent of extra closet space. All of the locally made custom cabinets are solid cherry and stained a dark espresso to complement our bedroom furniture. The cabinet knobs are from Restoration Hardware, as are all of the linens and accessories.
The countertops are Madura Gold granite; the floor is Italian travertine; the oil-rubbed bronze vanity faucets are from Delta; the wall paint color is Sherwin-Williams Netsuke. A combination of recessed, pin, directional, and ball lighting replaced the old fluorescents; the ceiling was lifted; an oil-rubbed-bronze ceiling fan helps keep things cool. And framed photographs of the ocean at Carmel and a river in Aspen are apropos for the water closet.
Much better now, right?
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(Sharing with Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch)
(Also sharing with Homemaker on a Dime's Roomspiration, Savvy Southern Style, On Sutton Place, and The Shabby Creek Cottage)