Bathroom Less Than $50,000

by Kyle Clapham


OA Design + Build + Architecture
Minneapolis, Minn.


Photos: Spacecrafting

Project location: Minneapolis, Minn.
Project cost: $33,524

Although the existing bathroom remained functional, it had fallen victim to mediocrity and failed to take advantage of the vaulted ceiling. The homeowners sought to improve lighting, gain more counter space and create a design that matched their personality and love for the arts. They desired a deeper tub and better humidity control and did not want the entry door to swing in front of the toilet.

The company installed a pocket door and a vanity with a countertop that flows out over the top of the toilet to acquire additional space. The final design plays off the angles that exist by both acknowledging and defying them. The tile produces a space of its own that pushes beyond the medium of tile to become something more, exemplifying the notion of designing for the client and the space in a personal way.


Cummings Architects
Ipswich, Mass.


Photos: Eric Roth

Designer: Mathew Cummings and Chloe Rideout
Project location: Topsfield, Mass.
Square footage before: 62
Square footage after: 75
Project cost: $22,500

Located on the second floor of a charming 1860s farmhouse, the existing master bathroom was dated with only one sink and a small shower. The project scope included changing the entrance location to make it an ensuite master bath, adding a double vanity with a larger shower, and updating the aesthetic to compliment the bright, airy farmhouse-inspired renovation the firm previously completed to the downstairs kitchen and family room.

A beam location prevented lighting placement above one mirror, requiring a creative lighting solution. The existing footprint of the bathroom also did not allow for both a double vanity and a larger shower. To create the added space needed for the double vanity and larger shower, an existing bedroom closet was transitioned into additional bathroom square footage.

To create a bright farmhouse aesthetic, the design uses white subway tile, gray slate flooring and white shiplap walls. Black aluminum framed hinged shower doors with a shower niche add a unique touch to the farmhouse aesthetic and are complemented by the black-framed vanity mirrors.


Sconce, faucets, shower fixtures: Wayfair
Vanity/countertop: Pottery Barn
Mirrors: Pottery Barn
Floor tile: Tile by Design, Brazilian Black Slate
Shower tile: Tile by Design, White Subway
Shower doors: Lucette Shower Doors


S&W Kitchens
Longwood, Fla.


Photos: Rickie Agapito

Designer: Sarah Kraus
Project location: Winter Park, Fla.
Square footage: 40
Project cost: $20,000

This project was in the home of the designer, who wanted to update an outdated guest bathroom and add some texture and warmth to the space as well as an industrial look in order to complement the rest of the recently remodeled house. The previous tub was shallow and not comfortable for soaking, so they wanted a deeper tub and also wanted to add interest and depth by using different textures and patterns and staying with a monochromatic color scheme.

The trough sink was a real find, and the designer loved it; but, it was also a challenge because they wanted a furniture vanity rather than hanging it on the wall. It also didn’t provide any countertop space, so they designed a niche behind the sink for surface area/storage. The matte black plumbing fixtures, mirror and pendant lighting really tie everything together and give it that industrial, modern look. The pattern background was challenging to lay out to make it symmetrical and fit the space aesthetically, with the monochrome of the different patterns and dimensions of the tile bringing it all together.


Cabinetry: Custom vanity to hold trough sink
Lighting: Hampton Bay Matte Black
Fixtures: Delta; Kohler
Tile: American Olean
Flooring: Marazzi

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