February 20, 2018
Pro tip: any time you have carpet in your bathroom, you know it’s time for an update. This project came to us as a referral from one of our other happy C2 clients. In this case, the clients have a beautiful home that has been updated in many ways over the years, but the bathrooms had been sorely neglected. They asked us to help bring them into the 21st century while at the same time creating a warm, transitional feel.
As you can see from the before pictures, the space we had to work with in the master bath was amazing! The finishes, however, were another story: shiny brass fixtures, tile countertops, Hollywood-style vanity lights, and of course… that carpet. Keeping the same layout, we updated all the finishes to create a totally new look. We started by replacing the carpet with a classic, travertine tile that was also carried up the walls of the shower. A marble mosaic on the shower floor pairs perfectly with the travertine while injecting a subtle dose of pattern. We then framed out another marble mosaic on the back wall of the shower to create a focal point. Replacing the frosted shower enclosure with clear glass allowed the decorative tile work to shine through. The custom, barn door-style glass shower doors feature an oil-rubbed bronze track that makes a statement in and of itself. Finally, a discrete niche to hold shampoos is tucked behind the new granite-topped bench.
To save on costs, we opted to paint the existing vanity in a crisp white to lighten the look and swapped out the hardware for an oil-rubbed bronze finish. New granite countertops and rectangular undermount sinks maximize counter space while creating a surface that is easy to clean. Custom-framed mirrors, new bronze faucets, and sophisticated vanity lights pull together the entire look.
Although anyone would feel lucky to have a huge tub in their en suite (especially with a fireplace next to it), this one was feeling very dated. We started by wrapping the entire fireplace in a stacked stone to bring in texture and continued it along the apron of the tub. We swapped out the tub for a more roomy rectangular model and repeated the bronze finish from the shower and vanity area in the faucet. Adding a chandelier over the tub draws attention to the space and creates a feeling of elegance and luxury. The finished effect is a master bath that is cohesive, classic, and inviting.
The guest bath had a similarly dated aesthetic with builder-grade finishes from the 90s. To cut down on cost, the vanity was re-stained in a rich chocolate brown color and updated with brushed nickel hardware. A granite slab countertop brings warmth into the space and feels current when paired with rectangular undermount sinks. The elongated mirror in a custom frame is more polished than its unframed predecessor and compliments the vanity nicely. In the shower, we replaced the boring white tile with a natural-looking porcelain and added a glass tile accent band. Semi-framed bypass shower doors with a brushed nickel finish give the space a high-end look, while a granite-topped bench and shower niche add functionality. The end result is a bath that would make any guests feel welcome and comfortable during their stay.
The final stage of this project involved renovating the basement bar area. This is a space where our clients love to entertain and enjoy their extensive wine collection with friends, but it was feeling very drab. We maintained the layout, flooring, and cabinetry but swapped out all the other finishes to create a more elegant aesthetic. Tile countertops were replaced with solid granite, making cleanup of those inevitable wine spills easier, and the sterile-looking stainless steel faucet and sink were removed in favor of warm bronze fixtures. In place of the dated wood paneling along the base of the bar, we opted for a reclaimed wood tile that has the appearance of old wine barrels and ties in with colors of the slate floors. Although the cabinetry and wine racks along the back wall were left as-is, we added a stacked stone backsplash to create a finished look. Wooden pendant lights with an ‘X’ motif add a rustic touch and mimic the pattern of the wine racks.
We had so much fun working on this project and are so happy with the way it turned out. As always, we are grateful to our amazing clients who trust us with their homes and to the talented tradespeople and vendors we work with. Thank you!
Construction: David Alderson of 5280 Custom Construction
Master and Guest Bath:
Countertops: Crossville Tile and Stone
Tile: The Tile Shop
Vanity Lights: Lamps Plus
Sink and Faucet: Kohler
Countertops: Crossville Tile and Stone
Backsplash Tile: The Tile Shop
Bar Tile: Floor and Décor