Wedgewood – Master Bathroom Renovation
|Project scope||Update looks while incorporating aging-in-place features|
As part of a broader slate of home renovations, these homeowners had us update their master bathroom. While it was not an ugly room by any means, the color scheme was a bit drab and things were a bit cramped. With a few medium-sized tasks, we were able to elevate both the style and long-term function of the room and bring it in line with modern tastes.
Many of the homes we see have very small master showers, in the neighborhood of 3 feet x 3 feet or less. We bumped up the luxury factor by expanding the shower, which we were able to do by using the extra space freed up by installing a smaller, rectangular bathtub in place of the corner tub. We left the glass block window because it lets in so much natural light without compromising privacy.
The long vanity is transformed with new cabinetry, countertops, oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, and a separate mirror for each section. The “Hollywood”-style light strips are replaced by classy vanity lights. And the busy wallpaper gives way to fresh, vibrant yellow paint.
The new cabinetry on the long vanity provides more storage space without taking away knee space. The carpet, a magnet for moisture, is gone and replaced by large-format tile flooring, which minimizes grout joints and requires less maintenance than smaller tile.
The boring is banished from “his” vanity, as well, with new accents and fixtures to match “hers.”
High-quality natural stone replaces the cultured marble of the shower bench seat, a much nicer upgrade. The stone is the same as the stone used on the new countertops of the vanities. From this angle one can appreciate the four shower niches built into the inside of the pony wall, but these niches--and their contents--are largely hidden from sight from other points in the room, as intended.
- The shower glass was custom cut to follow the shape of the bench and is still completely waterproof throughout.
- The room features multiple aging-in-place and universal design elements, including a widened doorway that can accommodate a wheelchair and a multilevel vanity.