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.
Our recent clients in Grand Prairie, Texas were looking to make updates and modifications throughout the majority of their 20-year-old home. One of their top priorities was upgrading the dated, crowded, and poorly laid out master bathroom. Not only were we able to create a beautiful, modern look, but also a more functional space with handicap-accessible features.
The original bathroom was designed by the builder to appeal to potential buyers, with double vanities, a corner garden tub, and a modern framed glass shower. While these features might sound good on paper and certainly would intrigue a new home buyer, the reality was that the bathroom was much too small for two vanities, the corner tub was difficult to get to, and the framed glass was small and quickly became outdated.
We often get requests to convert a standard 5’ bathtub into a shower without a door, which can be done in many ways. One of my favorites is what I call the “cave shower.” The photograph shows one such “cave shower” we did for a client.
The wall is 30” wide, leaving a 30” opening. Having the wall and tile go to the ceiling—and tiling the ceiling—helps keep the steam in and gives the cave-like feeling. Using a wide shower head mounted up high causes the water to fall straight down so there isn’t much splash to the outside of the shower. The can light keeps it from being dark, and the soap niche mounted at the correct height is really handy. The wall makes a nice separator between the shower and toilet.
Our major bathroom remodel is complete! Here are some pictures:
We replaced the windows with triple-pane rainwater glass. Along with a great look, the bathroom will be much more comfortable with the energy-efficient windows. We’ll be hearing more and more about triple-pane windows as the EPA continues to require better insulation value in our homes. The result will be more comfortable and quiet homes, and most importantly, lower energy bills!
What a beautiful shower! The large tile, pebble floor and mosaic mural give a great look and feel. The doorless entry is a great feature. They’re safer, easier to clean and make the available space feel bigger.
We have our major bathroom remodel project underway! Michael, Dave and Neil got the demolition done, Chris roughed in the electrical, Warren and his guys got the plumbing roughed in and Ron and his guys got the drywall textured. When we do a full remodel on a bathroom, getting the drywall done in the first week is always the goal.
Fortunately there weren’t any big surprises. We did find plastic had been attached to the walls between the framing and the drywall behind the tile showers. Whenever we find plastic in a shower, we also find mold. I suppose the intent for installing the plastic is to keep any water that leaks through the tile and drywall away from the framing and insulation. The problem is that the plastic creates a condensation point and mold-growing climate. We’ll get it all cleaned up, install a concrete backer board screwed directly to the studs. We use a good quality thin set to install the tile, a good quality grout and a good quality sealer. Along with a properly installed vulcanized rubber shower pan, water penetration into the walls is not an issue.
This week we start the demolition process on a master bathroom remodel. The floor plan will stay the same, but each function of the bathroom will be improved. During the past month, Stephanie and I have honed in all the details with the client to make sure the bathroom has the look, feel and function they want. All the parts and pieces have arrived and we are ready to get started.
Here are some highlights of the changes being made:
The existing shower is small and claustrophobic:
We are going to remove two of the walls and the framing above the shower. The walls will be replaced with glass. The glass will be moved to the outer edge which adds 4” of space each way. The shower is big enough to have a door-less entry. The shower head will be raised so the water sprays down rather than out.