2023 Master Design Awards: Bathroom Less Than $50,000 — HONORABLE MENTION

by Emily Blackburn

KSI Kitchen & Bath

Ann Arbor, Mich.

Location: Bloomfield Hills, Mich | Project Cost: $45,000
Square footage before: 50 | Square footage after: 80

The client had exciting inspirations for their bath and was willing to explore some out-of-box design concepts that made the project especially enticing. In the hallway bath, they were hoping to make better use of adjacent space and enlarge the room to create a spa getaway. the client’s inspirations were light, airy, and leaned into some beautiful physical and visual textures.

By far the biggest challenge on this job was selling the concept of a wet room to the installer. Wet rooms – where a bathtub is contained within the shower space – have been popular in Europe and Asia for some time now, but are less common in the states and just now gaining traction. Creating a wet room design allowed the team to incorporate a bathtub in a space that otherwise would have been too small to accommodate it. There were some small surprises after demo with an HVAC duct running right up the center of where we were going to do a niche feature in the wall above the tub. There are three textures in the shower niche at play, and even though they’re all neutrals, the combination is lovely and adds dimension. There are four different types of tiles in the hall bath, but it doesn’t feel busy or disruptive. Through this layering of visual textures, the whole room feels soft and bright without at all feeling stark or sterile


Tile: Ann Sacks

Lighting: Kelly Wearstler

Bath Cabinetry: Dura Supreme

Shower faucet: Kohler

Sink faucet: Kohler

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