2019 Master Design Awards: Bathroom $50,000-$75,000

The 41st annual Master Design Awards highlight creative solutions in the construction of extraordinary projects.

authors Kyle Clapham | September 16, 2019


Daniel Contelmo Architects
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Project name:
Barrel Ceiling Master Bath
Project location: Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Square footage before: 173
Square footage after: 189
Project cost: $74,000


The original bathroom had been spacious but inefficient; therefore, the clients sought to improve its functionality while keeping the area open and bright. They also wanted to increase the storage available and create a separate room for the toilet. A paneled barrel ceiling over the tub borrowed space from an adjacent closet, although all the fixtures were kept close to their original locations.

Glass panels on the walls of the toilet room and shower allow natural light from the only window into the bath to enter those spaces. Glass shelves added in front of the window to the toilet room provide more storage and create some privacy between it and the tub. A tray ceiling lowers much of the bath to a more comfortable scale and was painted a slightly darker gray to help ground the area.

Products installed

Tile: Terra Tile and Marble
Flooring: Terra Tile and Marble
Moulding/trim: Erich’s Fine Woodworking
Lighting: Feiss
Cabinetry: Modern Cabinets
Countertop: Maple Leaves Kitchen & Bath
Tub: Kohler
Toilet: Kohler
Shower faucet: Kohler
Sink: Kohler
Sink faucet: Kohler

Photos: Daniel Contelmo Jr.


Keenan Building & Remodeling
Piscataway, N.J.

Project name:
Spa Bath
Project location: Morristown, N.J.
Square footage before: 120
Square footage after: 140
Project cost: $75,000


A long undetected leak had caused substantial damage to the owner’s master bathroom. The 1990s style bathroom had a whirlpool tub surrounded by a large tiled platform, double vanity, glass enclosed shower and a toilet tucked into a corner. Repairs from the leaking shower required replacing portions of the floor and a section of the exterior wall. The client saw this as an opportunity to create the spa-like bathroom she always dreamed of.

A small awkward hallway, off the bedroom, led to the master closet and bathroom door. This area was reconfigured in order to add more space to the bathroom, facilitate a smoother entrance to the bathroom, master closet and add a furniture piece linen area. A new private toilet closet was built in the old toilet alcove. Custom vanity cabinets were installed in the old shower area. A double entry, barrier free, frameless shower enclosure took up the area of the former vanity, and a large freestanding tub was placed where the old whirlpool had been.

The new shower features an overhead rain shower, handheld shower and body sprays. To accommodate the owner’s showering items, a tall niche with teak shelves was incorporated. Long plank floor tiles were used to accentuate the rooms length and a herringbone style was used to make the shower wall stand out. Additional features include a wall mounted make up mirror and a towel warmer.

Products installed

Tub: Winifred, White Gloss Resin
Faucets/fittings: Kohler
Countertop: Leadstone, Pure White
Lighting: Recced LED, Wall Sconce; Possini Euro Design 14” High Ludlow Chrome
Shower enclosure: Superior Shower Doors, Custom Frameless
Sinks: White Rectangular Porcelain
Shower: Tile EZ; Custom Barrier Free
Toilet: Kohler; Archer
Paint: Benjamin Moore Aura Bath & Spa; Trim PM-2 White Walls & Doors Ice Fog
Towel warmer: Brenton Extra Tall Polished Stainless Steel
Cabinet hardware: Richelieu; Contemporary Metal Pulls
Mirrors: Halo Lighted Wall-mounted double sided, Jewel Collection Rectangular Frameless

Photos: Vic Wahby Photography


S&W Kitchens
Longwood, Fla.

Larissa Hicks
Project name:
Marvelous Marble
Project location: Tampa. Fla.
Square footage: 150
Project cost: $70,000


After a full kitchen remodel, the client envisioned similar changes for her master bath, redesigning the layout to get as many bells and whistles while keeping it beautiful and functional. She wanted to create a full make up area that was not just a knee drawer, while also maintaining two sinks, incorporate a freestanding modern tub, high-end plumbing fixtures, and marble.

The first priority was to redesign the layout to accommodate all the wishes. The company immediately knew it needed to incorporate both sinks into one vanity and design the other as her new makeup area. Then it focused on the star of the show: the freestanding tub.

Products installed

Cabinets: Omega Cabinetry
Tile: Marble Systems Carrera and Puccini
Countertops: Marble Systems Carrera and Puccini
Flooring: Marble Systems Carrera and Puccini
Lighting: Kichler; Allegri
Fixtures: Rohl
Tub: Victoria + Albert
Toilet: Kohler

Photos: Rickie Agapito, AOFotos, Inc.


Daniel Contelmo Architects
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Project name:
Textured Transitional Bath
Project location: Chappaqua, N.Y.
Square footage before: 75
Square footage after: 153
Project cost: $45,000


Prior to the renovation, the master bedroom did not have a bathroom attached to it. As part of the project, the entire master suite was remodeled to have the space function more efficiently. What was a sitting room at the top of the stairs was remodeled to be a new master bathroom.

An existing closet was turned into a shower. The footprint of the bathroom is not large. Simple elements allow the room to feel more open and spacious. Colors and patterns of cabinetry, fixtures and tiles add dimension and texture. The result is an elegant and serene space.

Products installed

Doors: Tru-Stile
Tile: Artistic Tile
Flooring: Artistic Tile
Moulding/trim: Spiegal Architectural Woodworks
Lighting: Worlds Away
Cabinetry: Modern Cabinets
Countertop: Artistic Tile
Tub: Crosswater London
Toilet: Kohler
Shower faucet: Kohler
Sink: Kohler
Sink faucet: Brizo

Photos: Daniel Contelmo Jr.

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