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Room Story: The Luxury of Space

A spacious master bathroom is a true luxury.

In the case of this bathroom, all of that beautiful space was wasted. The builder placed the shower to the right of the entry door and the closet to the left making it feel like a tunnel. 

The proportions were way out of whack too. The shower was too small, the tub too big, and the vanities too short. The solutions: rightsize and modernize.

Before Photos

Before Picture of Remodeled Master Bathroom   Before Picture 2 of Remodeled Master Bathroom

 

A room this big offers many space-planning options. My client had only two limitations. They didn't want to change the exterior walls or move the toilet; everything else was up for grabs.

Before Space Plan Before Remodel

Master Bathroom Space Planning Case Study - Plan View - Concept 1

Three Bathroom Remodel Ideas

We created three overall concepts, and then generated variations of each.

  • Concept 1 - Replace the tub and shower but keep them in the same position. Open up the room by running the closet along the opposite wall.
  • Concept 2 - Reconfigure the tub and shower area with a wet room or an open shower. Keep the closet in the same place. Move the vanity and enlarge the toilet room. 
  • Concept 3 - Move the closet to the back of the space gave us a large, flexible space to work with. We could enlarge the shower and add a linen cabinet. Plan 3C, the plan my clients chose, is at the bottom.

Concept 1

Master Bathroom Space Planning Case Study - Concept 1 - Plan View

Concept 1B

Master Bathroom Space Planning Case Study - Concept 1B - Plan View

Concept 1C

Master Bathroom Space Planning Case Study - Concept 1C - Plan View

Concept 2

Master Bathroom Space Planning Case Study - Concept 2 - Plan View

Concept 2B

Master Bathroom Space Planning Case Study - Concept 2B - Plan View

Concept 3

 Master Bathroom Space Planning Case Study - Concept 3 - Plan View

Concept 3B

Master Bathroom Space Planning Case Study - Concept 3B - Plan View

And, the winning design

Master Bathroom Space Planning Case Study - Final Design - Plan View

Master Bathroom Space Planning Case Study - Final Design - Color Perspective

Bathroom Remodel Space Planning Take Aways

  1. Space planning is a process. It pays to come up with as many "what-if" scenarios as you can, and then play with them. Mix and match until you find one plan than you love. (More blogs about space planning here.)
  2. Space Planning is Phase II of an interior design project. You do it after you Define Success, and before you Budget, Select Materials, and Coordinate the Build. (More on the Five Phases of an Interior Design Project here.)

 

Jackie Lopey, Certified Interior Designer & Founder of Wide Canvas

She didn't know it, but Jackie Lopey's days as an advertising executive were numbered when she bought and renovated a 1950's bungalow. She soon went back to school and started her own design studio. Jackie is an award-winning, certified interior designer and the founder of Wide Canvas.

 

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