2018 Master Design Awards: Bathroom Less Than $50,000

by Kyle Clapham
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Custom Design & Construction
El Segundo, Calif.

Project name:
Mid-Century Modern Bathroom Remodel
Project location: Los Angeles
Square footage: 60
Project cost: $48,500


Desiring something more elegant, the clients sought a master bathroom where they could pamper themselves. The existing space encompassed an outdated double vanity, two clerestory windows, a leaky skylight, a large Jacuzzi tub and shower, a sauna and a separate toilet room that included a bidet. Gold finishes and painted tiles featuring lilies did not match the style of the homeowners.

A wet room with a free-standing tub, a floor- mounted waterfall tub filler and some stacked stone constituted their chief requests. Specifically, they wanted the stacked stone to construct a central visual feature between the tub and shower, whose sleek large-format tiles contrast well with the limestone-like product. A walnut double vanity complements the new makeup vanity and chandelier.


Countertop: Caesarstone
Shower fixtures: Kohler
Decorative tile: Wayfair
Flooring: Dal-Tile

Photos: John Moery


GreenRose Design LLC
Glen Ridge, N.J.

Steve Moran
Project name:
Westfield Pink Bathroom
Project location: Westfield, N.J.
Project cost: $35,000


Taking a large, voluminous empty space and turning it into a warm and inviting bath/spa was the goal of the project. The client’s daughter wanted to be involved in every aspect of the design of her bathroom in their new home. She was very specific about the tile she wanted and said it was something she saw in a store at a mall in Short Hills, N.J.

The pristine white floors and the elegant white soaking tub are particularly featured by the dramatic colors on the full wall of mosaic tile, which flows into the large shower, then morphing into a color coordinated chevron pattern along the return wall in the shower. The bright colors were softened by using pale gray tones on the remaining walls, which were pulled from the rustic driftwood face of the double vanity.


Tile: Bisazza Miscele Personalizzata 20×20 & Bisazza Chevron
Flooring: Polished Arctic White 24″ x 24
Free-standing tub: Legion Furniture soaking bath
Tub faucet/hand shower: Rylee
Vanity: Dolce 60″ Double Modern Bathroom Vanity Set
Vanity lights: New Kashima Bath Light 24″ by Astro Lighting
Faucet: Fluid Jovian Single Lever Lavatory Tap in polished chrome
Medicine chest: Kohler Satin Anodized Aluminum Catalan 20″ x 36″
Shower drain: Signature Hardware Carmen 40″ Linear Shower Drain
Toilet: St. Tropez Dual Flush Elongated 1-piece toilet by Swiss Madison

Photos: GreenRose Design LLC


McDonald Remodeling, Inc.
Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

Project name:
Marvelous Modern
Project location: Saint Paul, Minn.
Square footage before: 42
Square footage after: 90
Project cost: $47,000


The homeowners of a mid-century modern house tasked McDonald Remodeling with reconfiguring a main hall bath with tub and a master bathroom with shower into one large bathroom with walk-in shower, updated materials and new amenities. Its new, large open-concept design moved the entrance door location to relocate the water closet. Natural light from the pre-existing windows flows into the shower and main bath space, but styled LED disk lights create a recessed look without the challenge of installing can lights into the 2×10 vaulted ceiling.

The reconfiguration also allowed the main plumbing wall to remain intact but updated with new shower fixtures. Tall storage cabinetry and a floating mahogany vanity with drawers achieves the homeowner’s storage needs while maintaining the open bathroom concept. Finishing touches include glass tiled walls, an oversized trough sink with wall-mount lavatory faucet, and low-voltage accent lighting at the mirror and cabinet toe area.


Wall-mounted faucet: American Standard
Shower head: American Standard
Sink: Lacava
Lighting: Ashton Wall Sconces
Countertops: Cambria
Vanity top: Custom mahogany
Floor & wall tile: Uson
Shower floor tile: CTW shower floor tile
Hardware: Top Knobs

Photos: Tom Stukel/Ella Studios

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