Master Bath Reveal - Small space, big style

piscesgirlMarch 15, 2014

We don't have the bathroom shade installed yet, but I wanted to post pictures of our master bathroom reveal.

Our 1976 small 7' x 7.5' bathroom was gutted to the studs and completely remodeled. We had an interior wall removed used a frameless glass shower to open up the small space.

It was a lot of hard work designing, planning and purchasing everything (we hired a contractor for the actual work) but it was worth it, as we love everything about it.

Here are a few before pictures...

And the after....

Again, we are loving our bathroom. I am really surprised to say this, but this small bathroom is the perfect size for the two of us (keep in mind it is a rare occasion that we are getting ready in the bathroom at the same time as I have a makeup/vanity in the bedroom).

I am so grateful to all the helpful GWer's who provided inspiration, advice, and support to me during the planning and execution of this project. Thank you!

Already started planning our hall/guest bath reno. A lovely 1970's harvest gold version of the spin art tile you saw in our master bath before pictures :-)

Here are the details for those of you interested:

Calacatta Gold marble countertop
Calacatta Gold marble polished 12x12 floor tile
Calacatta Gold long octagon polished mosaic tile
Shower sills & threshold: White marble (Lowes)
White subway tile: Non-brand purchased at local store (Floors USA)
White chair rail tile: Jeffery Court Alegro White Crown 2âÂÂx12â (Home Depot)
Fixtures: Newport Brass Victoria in polished chrome
Rain showerhead: Moen Waterhill in polished chrome
Train Rack: Restoration Hardware Lugarno in polished chrome
Toilet: Kohler Memoirs
Sink: Kohler Caxton (smallest size)
Vanity: Ultracraft cabinets
Sconces: Hudson Valley Newport
Venetian Mirror: Ebay
Toilet paper holder, accessories: Homegoods
Wall Paint: Benjamin Moore - Edgecomb Grey
Trim Paint: Benjamin Moore - Chantilly Lace
Other: Hydroban waterproofing and drain, Heated flooring, Ditra membrane

This post was edited by firsthome on Sun, Mar 16, 14 at 13:48

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Absolutely stunning!

    Bookmark   March 15, 2014 at 6:26PM
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BEAUTIFUL! Did you save the "antique" blue toilet lol?

    Bookmark   March 15, 2014 at 6:35PM
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Wow...absolutely gorgeous!

    Bookmark   March 15, 2014 at 7:23PM
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That is hands down the most effective use of a glass shower stall I've ever seen! It opens up the space so that it doesn't feel small - it's unrecognizable as the same room. Lovely!

    Bookmark   March 15, 2014 at 7:25PM
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It's awesome. I love the shower floor and also the way the white subway tile works with the Calacatta. Beautiful.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2014 at 7:26PM
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It looks terrific! Your marble is absolutely stunning!

(our bathrooms are even smaller!)

    Bookmark   March 15, 2014 at 7:37PM
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You're right, Big style indeed!

You have actually captured an essence of the marble that I find is often very hard to see in photos. Usually stone looks so much better in person, but these pics are gorgeous! The bathroom looks much larger, and oh I bet you love that large expanse of counter!

    Bookmark   March 15, 2014 at 8:14PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Well done. VERY well done!!!!! What a superb transformation.


    Bookmark   March 15, 2014 at 8:22PM
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Beautiful. It just goes to show that good things do come in small packages. Love the interesting mirror. It adds class and character to the space.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2014 at 8:41PM
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Wow - what a beautiful transformation! I can't believe how much opening up the shower with the glass doors made the bathroom seem so much bigger. Getting rid of the floral wallpaper was a good choice too :)

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 4:20AM
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That is one beautiful transformation! The first thing that struck me, after the initial WOW, was how the space opened up with the glass shower.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 6:01AM
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I can't believe you didn't want to to keep the floral wallpaper and blue toilet ;-) Your bathroom transformation is amazing! When I see before afters like this it gives me hope. Thanks for posting- Lisa

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 7:19AM
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What do you do with a big expanse of counter with all cabinets below it? With the window there I figured it would make a great place to put on makeup (I know you said you have a vanity in the BR)?

I *love* your shower door handle! Is that part of the Virginia collection?

Was the original plumbing on the interior wall where the old TP holder was?

The whole bathroom is stunning, but that door handle makes it for me!

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 7:43AM
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Wow, thank you for all your wonderful comments.

canuckplayer - we don't regret not saving the blue toilet, however I do wish we would have saved a square of the blue tile. Since we have a matching harvest gold bathroom (which is the next reno) we will save a tile from there probably.

ajsmama- we debated back and forth regarding double sink vanity, makeup table, etc. Ultimately we decided we wanted the extra storage. As I mentioned earlier, my husband and I are never in the bathroom at the same time and I have a separate makeup vanity in the bedroom where I do my hair and makeup.

The shower door handle as well as the hinges are by Portals Hardware the Symphony style. We also looked at CR Lawrence Colonial style handle, but the shower door company told us the CR Lawrence handle tended to rattle a bit, and that Portals was a better we went with Portals and are very happy with it.

Yes the original shower plumbing was on the divider wall we had taken down. It was moved to the bedroom wall. Otherwise no other plumbing was moved.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 9:58AM
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The wainscoting was a good idea! It really brings the two sides of the room together.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 11:01AM
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P.S. What are you doing about window covering? I just realized that the glass shower is directly opposite that large window. What's out there?

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 11:05AM
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Wow, is that gorgeous! I love everything about it, from the Venetian mirror to the shower door handle. How big is the shower?

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 11:43AM
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Congratulations on finishing a job well-done! Looks amazing!

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 11:58AM
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Can you tell me the size of your shower?

We are adding one to our ensuite and the largest possible size is 36"x48". I thought I wanted a larger one, but yours looks airy and spacious without being huge.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 12:00PM
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Sorry, double posted!

This post was edited by troff on Sun, Mar 16, 14 at 12:02

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 12:01PM
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Wow! That mirror!!! What are the new room dimensions? How long is your vanity? It's a beautiful space and I love the large window.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 1:03PM
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looks great! i posted a thread on vanity depth (can't decide between 18" or 22")- you have a similar layout...what is the depth of your vanity, and how much room between it and the shower? thanks!

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 1:09PM
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I have a similar sized MBA at 6.5 x 9 with that darn plumbing wall for the shower. The vanity and shower/toilet are opposite each other on the short walls. We're also keeping the single sink configuration and maximizing storage.

I'd love to know the dimensions of your shower, too.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 2:07PM
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suzannes - I think we are going to do some sort of valance for the window with a pull down shade behind it. Our house sits high up on hill in a cul-du-sac so that window looks out into our entire neighborhood. You can't see in during the day but at night you can, so we do need some sort of covering so we don't flash or neighbors :-O

troff - The shower is 32" x 42" if you measure the interior floor print. Glass wall to glass wall it is 34.5" x 44.5". Keep in mind the shower there before was a 32" x 32" which my husband wouldn't shower in because it was way too small (he showered in the hall tub/shower enclosure which is 30x60). He was worried that the 32" x 42" shower would be too small but he loves the space and says it is perfect.

linelle - The room is approximately 7' x 7.5'. The vanity is the length of the room 83".

verver - The vanity is 19" wide (frame measurement excluding doors). The space between the vanity and the shower threshold is 35.5". The only way we could have made vanity deeper was to have a smaller entry door as we only had 21" between the exterior wall and the door molding for our vanity wall. Our door was 28" wide and we ultimately decided we didn't want a smaller bathroom doorway so we decided not to increase the depth of the vanity. If you are trying to decide between 18" and 22" I would go with 22" if you have that option. 18" will really limit you regarding sink choices and it it will also be extreamly hard to fit a faucet, unless you are doing wall mount. We ordered the smallest kohler sink and got everything to fit but it "just" fit.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 2:32PM
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Wow! It looks so much bigger now! I've been pondering my small bathroom, I have a 36" vanity in there now, but would love something larger. But I was afraid it would look too big and out of place in the small bathroom. But, seeing your remodel, maybe I can do it after all...........Beautiful!

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 2:32PM
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OH WOW! This took me by surprise. I was looking at the before pictures, then so excited as I transitioned to the after pictures. You have done a marvelous job! That Edgecomb Grey looks great with the calacatta marble. I love the extremely versatile Kohler Caxton sink. I had considered using it until I found the Kohler Verticyl ceramic sink that went better with my contemporary design. I bet you feel like you're in heaven every time you enter. It is just gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing and listing the details of fixtures.

Edited to add: You did a wonderful job of using elegant materials with restraint. That mirror is an example, it just owns that wall :)

Edited again to add: I see the huge recess in your shower, that is lovely and provides elbow room too. Brilliant.

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    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 2:40PM
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@firsthome - what is the name of the edge profile you used on your counter & backsplash?

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 3:36PM
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DreamingoftheUP - The countertop edge is cove dupont and the backsplash edge is ogee.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 3:46PM
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Love your new bathroom. How long did the project take? Do you have a tub in another bathroom?

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 6:46PM
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Oh, that color scheme is lovely. Wonderful reno!

    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 8:35PM
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    Bookmark   March 16, 2014 at 8:43PM
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goalkeeper_116_06122013 - the reno to way to long. Our contractor did a really good job but was slow. It took about 3 months. Thankfully we weren't paying by the hour ;-)

We have a tub/shower in the hall bathroom. That is our next project.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 10:13PM
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Beautiful! I love everything about your new space. How do you like your rain shower? I want to put one in our bathroom when we remodel this summer but there are so many brands to choose from.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 12:42PM
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one word: GORGEOUS!!!!!

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 1:35PM
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I love it!!!! I've actually considered giving up my tub to make my MBR appear larger, but just can't do it. Your reveal almost has me convinced.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 5:30PM
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malabacat - We love our rainshower. The showerhead we selected was actually recommended by our local plumbing store. They said for the money it was a great showerhead and I would agree. One thing I found out when researching showerheads is that the style of spray can vary from large drops to fine forceful sprays. It is all a matter of personal preference. This showerhead has the larger softer raindrops, which I prefer. We use the handheld when we want a spray with more pressure.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 4:02PM
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This looks great! It gives me inspiration for my bathroom, which is a similar size, but it feels like an inefficient use of space. I plan to swap out the tub/shower combo for a slightly smaller corner shower so I can fit a double vanity. I've been looking at the neo-angle showers, and they just don't do it for me. I recently ran across a photo with a rectangular shower like yours and thought it was so much better! I just started looking at prices for the glass shower enclosures, did you buy a prefab one or was it custom made?

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 6:10PM
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Absolutely lovely!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 7:45PM
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It's gorgeous! The difference between the old and the new is amazing!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 8:08PM
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