When you think about your home, what areas can function as a space for a personal retreat? I personally would love to have an ensuite were I can run a hot steamy bath and melt away from day-to-day stresses. I’ve had the pleasure of working on a few ensuite projects in 2014 and the results were pretty awesome. The one project that I’d like to highlight is a gem in the heart of East St. Paul. Here, the goal was to create an in-home spa that was eye catching & glamorous.
- Design a spa-like retreat that incorporates a new steam shower, vanity with adequate storage, as well as a free standing tub
- Implement layers of lighting for all differenct day-to-day tasks (bright for getting ready in the morning, dim for relaxation & meditation & a soft glow for wayfinding)
- Incorporate soft colours & textures for impact and luminescence
- Work within the existing space & maintain the existing location of the plumbing
- Work with the clients budget & timeline
The concept was derived from the client’s inspiration of existing spas and hotels. The client also loved soft colors from the ocean & the sparkle of the sand, which we wanted to incorporate throughout the space.
Since we were working within the existing envelope it was important to keep clean lines & uncluttered flow. The goal was to also blend the style with the rest of the house, so we applied a timeless look to the vanity & the flooring.
Development and Implementing the Design
Our design process always starts with measuring & photographing the existing space.
The existing steam shower was not working properly & the existing tile was dated so we needed to completely gut the existing space and start fresh. The next step was to come up with some alternative floor plans.
Once the floor plan was finalized, we moved on to finish and fixture selection, as well as generating the elevations for the project. We used a large format 12” x 24” anthracite tile to ground the floor with a baroque shaped tile for a decorative inlay to add some drama to the space. We used white millwork to keep the space feeling light & spacious. An iridescent glass mosaic tile, luminous wall covering & sparkly quartz countertop gave the space the glamour the client was looking for.
The end result can only be described as stunning! The renovation process went smoothly with only a few hiccups along the way. Any time you are renovating an existing space, there is a good chance that you’ll have a few surprises thrown at you. This client was smart and took a vacation while her ensuite was being transformed into the oasis that it is now. I’m thrilled that the client could come back and continue to relax & rejuvenate in peace.
Hope you enjoyed seeing this space as much as I enjoyed creating it.