Our recent bathroom project involved renovating a large master bathroom in an upper-end Arlington, Texas home. The existing bathroom was quality and functional, but it was definitely dated with the typical brown tones, wallpaper and fixtures of the 1980’s. All of the dark, earthy colors paired with the poor lighting created a cave-like atmosphere, which made the space feel dim and smaller than it actually was. The clients wanted to brighten the room with a fresher, more modern look, updated features and specialty amenities to match the rest of their luxury home.
Floor Plan: BEFORE
Floor Plan: AFTER
We began by creating new floor plans and renderings to provide our clients with a clear visual of their remodeled bathroom. The general layout was not changing, but there were some significant structural modifications that would allow us to make better use of the space and streamline the room’s aesthetic appeal.
These major modifications included removing the walls around the shower to replace with glass, removing the bulky original tub and surround along with a built-in bookshelf at the end of the surround, and relocating a large air return that shortened the length of the vanity.
Our renderings showed these structural changes, as well as the updated replacement features: the frameless glass shower enclosure, a chic free-standing tub, and a full-length custom vanity with storage towers on each end.
The renderings also illustrated the fresh paint colors and wall tile, glitzy new light fixtures, and large vanity mirror.
One of the neat features of our design software is that it allows us to see the room from different vantage points, including an overhead view, referred to as “dollhouse” view, shown above. This is a great tool if we are changing the layout of the space or adding on new rooms. We can also create walk-thru videos that act as a virtual tour, allowing our clients to see almost exactly how their remodeled room will look, making it easier for us to get the design perfect before any of the construction begins. You can see the walk-thru video for this project on our Youtube channel.
Once the clients were 100 percent happy with the designs and finalized their selection items with our interior designer, Stephanie, we ordered their products and materials so the construction could begin on our specified start date. The design process usually takes about 4 weeks, which gives us ample time to get all of the materials in before starting. This preparation process makes for a smoother project from start to finish, ensuring everything is finalized and all materials are on-hand, ready to go. Not only does this make it easier for our team to stay on schedule, but it also provides a positive, low-stress experience for our clients.
In this before shot, you can see the large air return at the end of the wall beside the doorway. It took up a lot of valuable space and really shortened the length of the vanity. Also taking away from the vanity countertop space was the tower storage cabinet in the center. Not only did the tower take up space on the counter, but it also broke up the space by dividing the wall behind the vanity and requiring individual mirrors to be used of each sink. This set up was probably popular when the home was built, but it’s easy to see that it’s an inefficient use of space and makes the room feel crowded.
Our talented designers reconfigured the space by extending the new vanity the full length of the wall and adding two smaller towers to each end. A large mirror was placed over the vanity, replacing the two original individual mirrors. This is a great trick to make the room feel larger and brighter!
The custom vanity was designed with storage optimization in mind, as there are no false-fronts; the cabinets below the sink extend all the way up to the counter for improved line of vision when searching for items below.
Large drawers were incorporated for easy access and custom designed with outlets inside – perfect for using the hairdryer and electric razor without creating clutter on the counter.
Modern rectangular undermount sinks were installed, along with brushed nickel faucets and decorative chandelier sconces. Matching cabinet hardware and towel racks were chosen for a cohesive look.
This shot shows the view of the bathroom from inside the frameless glass shower. A large chandelier was hung to match the sconces beside the sinks and provide a sense of glamour to the room. The sheen created by the glass tiles used on the wall behind the vanity also add to the glamour while making the walls seem taller. The porcelain floor tiles were laid at a 45-degree angle to the cabinets to eliminate the appearance of grout lines, creating a sleek, stylish finish. Not only does this flooring look good – it’s heated! That’s right; there is a thermostat just below the light switch that allows the clients to warm the floors when it gets chilly in the winter. If that’s not luxury, what is?
The toilet room was painted for consistency with the rest of the bathroom, including matching storage cabinets above the toilet and a mini chandelier to dress up the space.
The bulky built-in bookcase and tub surround were replaced by a beautiful free-standing Jacuzzi tub, complete with a Delta floor-mount tub filler and hand faucet in a stainless steel finish. Frosted glass was installed in the window behind the tub to provide privacy while still letting in plenty of natural light. Tile wainscoting matching the accent wall behind the vanity continues behind the tub into the shower wall and bench.
The frameless glass shower is a clean, modern alternative to the original closed-in shower. Accent tiles were used in the custom niches that were designed for easy access to shampoos bottles and gels on each side of the shower head. A convenient bench was also included in the design, with a handheld showerhead within reach.
Because the clients wanted to include a steam feature, we built a soffit above the shower to seal to the glass and hold in steam. The LED can lights inside the new shower were strategically placed to provide ample lighting.
To create a curb-less effect, we continued the bathroom floor tile into the shower. The use of a linear drain allowed for a flat shower floor and a clean, streamlined look.
Along with the bathroom remodel, we were able to completely remodel the client’s closet as well. The renovation included a custom storage cabinet with drawers and countertop to match the bathroom, shelving for organizing shoes and accessories, LED can lighting, extra electrical outlets, new paint, and new carpet.
Together, the remodeled master bathroom and upgraded closet are the perfect pair! The clients are thrilled with the finished project, and now have a luxury bathroom and closet that compliment the rest of their home.
We’d like to credit all of the designers, project managers, craftsmen and vendors that helped make this project possible:
Structural Design: Mike Medford, Sr.
Aesthetic Design: Stephanie Milford
Draftsman: Brandon Jinkins
Renderings: Kourtney Davis
Project Manager: Michael Medford, Jr.
Carpentry: Dave Broadfield, Neil Norris, Donovan Cole, Michael Edwards
Cabinets: Bailey Cabinets
Glass: Kindred Glass
Plumbing: Express Plumbing
Electrical: Marc Miller Electric
Drywall: Alex Green Drywall
Brick: Slayton Masonry
Paint: Philip Painting Company
Flooring: Hiltons Flooring
Tile & Counters: HRG Granite
HVAC: Southern Air
Photography: Todd Ramsey, Impressia Photography
If you are interested in remodeling your master bathroom or another space in your home, we’d be happy to help! Our talented designers can work with you to translate your ideas into a custom design. Once you are happy with the design, our specifically assigned project manager will lead our craftsman through the construction process to bring your initial ideas from concept to completion, just as we did for these clients. Contact us today to get started!
The Medford Remodeling Team