2018 Master Design Awards: Bathroom More Than $75,000
Project name: Simple, Eclectic Master Suite
Project location: Kenilworth, Ill.
Square footage: 427
Project cost: $100,103
A dysfunctional floor plan forced the homeowners to walk through a sitting area and the master bathroom before reaching their bedroom. Coupled with a tired aesthetic and lack of storage, the bathroom had been overdue for a renovation. The client, an architect, collaborated on the layout of the new master suite, which institutes a better flow and affords more privacy to the bathroom.
The master bedroom needed to be moved back to its original location, where the sitting area had been situated. That opened up space for a new bath in spite of the room having windows on three of its walls. A vanity wall of classic white subway tile serves as the focal point of the area, and it wraps into a new, large walk-in shower that features a bench, body sprays and a handheld device.
Cabinetry: Private Label
Tub: Victoria & Albert
Shower faucet: Kohler
Sink faucet: Kohler
Photos: Normandy Remodeling
Lee & Co Contractors
Designer/architect: Ian Stallings Design
Project name: SoMa Master Bathroom Remodel
Project location: San Francisco
Square footage: 400
Project cost: $180,000
The project was inspired by a shower leak and, because resolving the leak necessitated removing tiles from the shower and bath area, the homeowners decided to take this opportunity to enhance the functionality of the space. They wanted to keep a few items in the bathroom, including the tub and shower fixtures, so the design had to be mindful of both new and existing bath elements.
The space itself complicated matters significantly. The master bathroom is located on the third floor of the house. With narrow entrance ways and multiple staircases, most of the larger equipment and materials needed to be brought up to the third floor in pieces. The scope of the overall project, with functionality in mind, would involve re-tiling the shower and bathroom walkway with tiles that were both elegant and easy to clean.
Navigating around the existing shower fixtures was also challenging. The existing fixtures were custom trimmed to match the thickness of the shower walls with the old tile. When the new tile and mortar bed were introduced to the shower, the fixtures no longer worked with the new wall thickness.
Tile: Artistic Tiles; Waterworks; Integrated Resources Group
Countertop: Integrated Resources Group
Shower faucet: KWC (repurposed)
Sink faucet: Newport Brass
Shower mirror: Clean Mirror
Photos: Edward Caldwell Photography
Kaufman Construction Inc.
West Des Moines, Iowa
Project name: Master Bath Remodel
Project location: Des Moines, Iowa
Square footage before: 39
Square footage after: 132
Project cost: $88,693
After moving to a historic home in the Waterbury neighborhood of Des Moines, Iowa, the clients sought to update things that didn’t fit their lifestyle, namely the home’s only bathroom. Because of its original size—only 39 square feet—they knew they either wanted to remodel the existing space or add on, which is where Kaufman Construction came into the picture.
Upon reviewing the benefits and costs of each design concept presented, the homeowners opted to reconfigure the original floor plan and repurpose an unused small bedroom into the bathroom.
It was important to stay true to the style and character of their historic home while still introducing modern amenities and storage. The resulting bathroom space features horizontal shiplap wainscoting, a natural marble tile floor throughout, a custom vanity painted a rich blue and topped with a quartz countertop, a freestanding soaking tub and a chandelier.
Tile: The Builder Depot & Horus Art
Lighting: Visual Comfort and Co.
Toilet: American Standard
Faucet: Delta Faucet Company
Photos: Devan Kaufman