Our recent clients in Keller, Texas, had a beautiful home built in 2005. Being newer than many of the homes we remodel, it was surprising to see how badly the master bathroom needed a renovation! Unfortunately, builders often use poor-quality materials when constructing a new house in order to save a buck (hints the negative term “builder-grade”), putting the homeowners in need of a remodel sooner rather than later. While this original bathroom was functional, the space was poorly utilized and lacked emphasis on the features that really mattered to our clients. A spacious shower, a tub they would actually use, ample storage space, and a modern aesthetic were all items that needed to be addressed. The clients came to us with their concerns, and our team got started on a custom design package for this unique project.
The original footprint of the bathroom didn’t need to change too much, but the item of the highest priority – a larger shower – required some pretty extensive structural modifications. For starters, our designers knew that relocating the shower to the back corner would make the most sense, both functionally and aesthetically. A massive corner tub was a popular trend in the early 2000’s, but we have found that it’s always the first thing to go when remodeling homes of that era. Not only did the large jetted tub itself take up a lot of space, but it’s diagonal placement made the room feel much smaller. Moving the shower to the back corner created a streamlined look and also allowed for a long Kohler/Archer soaker tub to be installed along the wall; significantly more accessible for use.
The placement of the new tub combined with the horizontal grout lines of the wood-look tile elongates this stretch of wall. The neighboring tile in the shower extends all the way up to the ceiling, which gives the illusion of higher ceilings. Another feature that contributes to the illusion of a larger room is the frameless glass installed around the shower – no heavy frame to block the view of the window or disrupt the vertical edges of the glass extending upward.
Strategically placed LED can lights compliment the windows in this bathroom, really brightening up the space. The light shades of gray in the basketweave Mosaic tile flooring, Sherwin Williams “Agreeable Gray” paint on the walls, and the light “Latte” Quartzite vanity countertops create a soothing, spa-like setting in the remodeled bathroom.
Just beside the new shower is a sleek custom ‘Hers’ vanity with dark stained cabinets and Satin Nickel hardware. The undermount sink has been relocated to the center of the vanity, adding visual interest and allowing for additional drawers to be incorporated. These drawers provide the extra storage the clients wanted and also have electrical outlets installed inside, perfect to conceal cords and prevent clutter on the countertop.
Believe it or not, this vanity is slightly smaller than the original one – our designers shortened it in order to widen the door on the shower for aging-in-place. This is a Universal Design feature that involves widening all doorways to a minimum of 32-inches to allow for walkers and/or wheelchairs to pass through. Although this is not an immediate concern for our clients, it was a smart decision to help them prepare for aging-in-place ahead of time.
Other neat features of this shower include glass that has been coated with ShowerGuard to prevent dirt, soap residue, and hard water buildup that tends to dull shower glass over time. A long towel rack was mounted on both the inside and outside of the shower door, along with 2 robe hooks on each side of the door. A sleek rain shower head and a separate hand-held shower both in Stainless Steel finish are stunning details in this show-stopping shower.
The far end of the vanity, opposite the shower, previously included a seated vanity area. It was truly a waste of space since the client never used it, so the new vanity design filled in the space with another stack of drawers, providing storage space and symmetry.
Across from the ‘Hers’ vanity is, of course, ‘His’ vanity. It’s smaller in size but is otherwise a replica of Her vanity in it’s design and features. Consistency is an important design element when it comes to creating a cohesive, uniform look!
This last photo shows the beautiful detail of the 3CM Quartzite countertop, the plate mirror that is furred-out for a “floating” aesthetic, and decorative sconces with vintage bulbs mounted on the mirror.
The completed project showcases a modern, elegant design that incorporates the client’s wish list of features while optimizing the available space. Our clients could not be happier with the new look and improved functionality of their master bathroom!
We’d like to say a big thank you and give recognition to the team that worked so diligently on this beautiful remodel:
Structural Design: Mike Medford, Sr.
Aesthetic Design: Stephanie Milford
Drafting and Renderings: Brandy Anderson
Production Management: Michael Medford, Jr.
Project Manager: Dave Broadfield
Trim Carpentry: Dave Broadfield, Neil Norris, Greg Norris, Scott Vernon
Custom Cabinets: Bailey Cabinets
Electrical: Marc Miller Electric
Plumbing: Express Master Plumbing
Drywall: Alex Green Drywall
Framing Carpentry: Dave Broadfield, Neil Norris
Paint: Phillip Painting Company
Flooring: Hilton’s Flooring
Tile: HRG Granite
Glass: Kindred Glass
Final Photography: Impressia– Todd Ramsey
We’d also like to include the details of the selection items used in this project:
If you are interested in remodeling part of your home, whether it be the bathrooms, the kitchen, or even the whole house, the Medford Team would be happy to help! Our Custom Design Packages include floor plans, 3D renderings, a detailed Scope of Work document, and a budget worksheet; these documents provide a clear visual of what your completed project will look like and also explain every step of construction and total cost required to get there. Contact us today to get started!
The Medford Team