2019 Master Design Awards: Bathroom Less Than $50,000

by Kyle Clapham


McDonald Remodeling, Inc.
Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

Project name:
Urban Elements
Project location: Minneapolis, Minn.
Square footage before: 42
Square footage after: 60
Project cost: $48,000


As part of additional work on the 80-year-old home, a remodeling of the main bathroom needed to include modern finishes, storage and a large shower. Creating a shower without punching out the roofline, generating enough storage while maintaining an open feel, and relocating all of the mechanicals each presented a challenge. The client also desired working surfaces within the area.

Angling the back wall of the shower with stacked tiles expanded the footprint of the space. A light—as well as clear glass doors—help make the shower feel more open and brighter, while grain-matched, walnut cabinetry with notched fronts instead of traditional handles gives a clean, smooth look. A furniture-style vanity with an open-slotted bottom also provides visual relief to the room.

Products installed

Fixtures: Kohler, DVX Percy
Tile: CTW, Carrara Bianco, Rubble
Cabinetry: Custom Walnut
Quartz: Vicostone
Paint: Sherwin-Williams
Mirror: CB2
Lights: Rigdon from Rejuvenation

Photos: Tom Stukel, Ella Studios


TEW Design Studio
Durham, N.C.

Project name:
North Boundary
Project location: Raleigh, N.C.
Square footage: 136.5
Project cost: $47,000


The master bath in the bachelor’s residence was closed off and lacked functionality. It was not optimal for daily heavy use, nor allowed for the opportunity to grow his family in the future. The overall space required a completely re-envisioned floor plan to open up the space, improve lighting, add storage and create a spacious shower while accommodating a more functional bathtub.

Similarly, closet space was at a premium but required a more thoughtful approach to its storage solutions and layout. The homeowner’s objective for the master bath required a modern design with interesting details and improved flow to create a more useful and inviting space. A value-engineered approach to design for the bathroom created a brighter, more livable space.

Products installed

Tile: Wow main and accent tile
Flooring: Ecocrete porcelain tile
Lighting: Schoolhouse Electric
Paint: Sherwin-Williams
Cabinetry: Bernier Cabinetry
Countertop: MetroQuartz
Tub: Barclay
Toilet: American Standard
Shower faucet: Jaclo
Sink faucet: Jaclo

Photos: Allie Mullin Photography | www.alliemullin.com


CARNEMARK design + build
Bethesda, Md.

Project name:
Stunner Stripes
Project location: Bethesda, Md.
Square footage: 130
Project cost: $49,028


A stunner natural stone takes center stage in this stylish guest bath. The clients envisioned a serene spa-like space that would appeal to the younger generation, especially when their grown children visited with grandkids in tow.

The distinctive gray-and-white variegated quartzite and frameless glass doors turn the obligatory shower-tub combo into a showstopper. Repeated as the double-vanity top, the striped stone creates a sophisticated yet spunky vibe. Gray porcelain tile, polished chrome details, and ample storage round out the clean, contemporary design that’s sure to win over kids and grandkids alike.

Photos: Anice Hochlander

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