Carrara Marble in Master Bath - pros and cons?
We are in the process of building and our plan is a mix of carrara (white venetino) marble and subway tile in our master bath. Every vendor -- except for the tile vendor, of course -- that hears we are planning for marble strongly discourages us. Since this will be a costly investment beyond our allowance budget I wanted to hear some user stories of successes and sadnesses over the use of marble.
A little bit about our family -- I have 17 month old twins, soon to be 3 kids under 2 years old. We also have a 72 pound yellow lab. And I have a husband. He's a clean husband, but he's a husband.
Our vibe is very lived in and comfortable. Classic and clean, but airy and fresh. I worry about the carrara feeling to stuffy (in addition to being a maintenance nightmare). So that's my life.
These were our two inspiration pictures that we started off with
Here is our master bath
The current plan is to run white subway tile with light gray grout in the shower with mini hex venetino floors. The bathroom floors will be 6x18 venetino laid in a brick pattern. The tub surround will be white subway tile to tie back into the shower space, although we're considering a marble deck. And our countertops will be a carrara slab that's as close of a match to the white venetino as my stone yard offers.
Please leave me feedback on your carrara experiences and the design plan in general. Are there places that would be better to skip the marble to save on a headache or is it a go big or go home kind of situation?