There are typically two types of homeowners we work with: those that buy a newer home and want to remodel it promptly before moving in, and those that buy an older home with the intention of updating it over the span of several years. The latter describes our long-time clients in Fort Worth, TX.
The home was built in the 1950’s, and our clients moved in about 20 years ago with hopes to make it uniquely theirs a little bit at a time. Our team remodeled their kitchen first, and then added on a master bathroom at the back of the house more recently. This year, the clients were ready to address the guest bathroom that had been at the bottom of their list for quite some time.
Guest bathrooms tend to get pushed down on the list of remodeling priorities… but when you think about it, the guest bathroom is the one that visitors use, so it makes sense that it should be just as functional and aesthetic as the rest of the house!
Structurally speaking, there isn’t always a lot that can be modified in a guest bathroom. Because the space is small and typically narrow, there aren’t many options for changing the layout. The decision was made to keep the existing footprint of this bathroom for more of a “pull-and-replace” approach.
The client also wanted to relocate the opening of the linen cabinet from behind the door to the neighboring hallway. The existing cabinet door behind the bathroom entry door made the already small room feel more crowded. The inside of this cabinet was oversized, resulting in a lot of wasted space. The solution was to convert a portion of the linen cabinet to an open storage nook in the bathroom and add a door to the other side of the cabinet in the hallway.
The clients also had a larger, deeper bathtub on their wish list, and provided an inspiration photo for the leaning mirror, sconces, and shelving they had in mind:
With these notes, our talented draftsman, Brandy, drew up the floor plans and 3D renderings to showcase these modifications.
The clients love nature and wanted to incorporate a natural, outdoorsy feel with a neutral theme that included a lot of woodgrain and stone textures. 12×24 ceramic tiles were laid vertically from the door, up the tub skirt, and up the shower wall to the ceiling, creating an uninterrupted linear wood-look. The frameless shower glass contributes to the flowing feel and open concept that our designers hoped to convey.
Dark bronze fixtures compliment the color or the tile and match the ½” angle iron floating shelves and mirror frame that our craftsmen custom made for this project.
The wall-mounted floating vanity gives a bigger feel and includes a neat feature: motion-censored LED lighting underneath. The color of the light can be customized, adding some fun personality to the bathroom and providing just enough light in the middle of the night.
The streamlined aesthetic of the vanity, rectangular top mount sink, and simplistic cabinet hardware create a clean, minimalist look. Along with deep storage drawers and cabinet storage, open cubbies were included in the design of this vanity for easy access to towels and other small bath items.
Industrial-style details were also incorporated into this bathroom with decorative sconces and a dark leathered granite countertop.
The combination of a smaller mirror, shelving up the wall, and the floating vanity make the small bathroom seem larger than it is by creating an airy feel, as compared to the original features that made the room feel over-crowded.
Just behind the bathroom door is the nook that was created from the original linen cabinet. The space includes convenient robe and towel hooks, along with some shelving for easy-access storage that doesn’t get in the way when the bathroom door is open.
The completed project is exactly what the clients had in mind for their guest bathroom. They are thrilled that the functionality and aesthetic is now up to date with the rest of their beautiful home!
We’d like to credit everyone on our team that worked with our clients to bring this project from concept to completion:
Structural Design: Mike Medford, Sr.
Aesthetic Design: Stephanie Milford
Drafting and Renderings: Brandy Anderson
Production Management: Michael Medford, Jr.
Project Manager: Neil Norris
Trim Carpentry: Neil Norris
Custom Cabinets: Bailey Cabinets
Electrical: Coty Electric
Plumbing: Moleburg Plumbing
Plumbing Fixtures: Build.com
Drywall: Alex Green Drywall
Framing Carpentry: Greg Norris, Scott Vernon
Paint: Phillip Painting Company
Tile and Granite Supplier: Hilton’s Flooring
Tile and Granite Fabrication and Installation: HRG Granite
Glass: Kindred Glass
We’d also like to include the design selection items used in this project:
If you have a guest bathroom or another part of your home that could use some updating, our team would be happy to help with a custom design package, interior design assistance, and professional project management. Contact us today for more information!
The Medford Design-Build Team