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Bathe in Luxury

When you walk into a hotel bathroom, what are the things you hope to find? We are not surprised by the typical things like a terry cloth robe, soft fresh towels, and sample size body washes, shampoos and conditioners. The 4-star hotels that leave an impression have unexpected elements like a floor-to-ceiling steam shower, whirlpool tub, vanishing television mirrors, heat racks for towels, slippers to go with your robe… The list continues. I had a client that wanted a piece of this luxury at home, so they put my design skills to the test.

Design Requirements

  • Gut the existing ensuite as the space was outdated & did not meet the needs of the client
  • Jacuzzi tub was unused & the shower was too small.
  • Increase the size of the walk-in-closet
  • Maintain location of the existing toilet

Include the following in the new design:

  • Large tiled steam shower w/ body jets, rain shower head, hand held shower wand & bench
  • Large vanity with single sink
  • Make-up counter (separate from vanity)
  • Separate toilet room
  • Use sustainable & eco-friendly materials

The Existing Space

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The Concept

  • Create an urban escape; a home space that mimics the amenities of a hotel
  • Space for various functions, separate toilet room, suit preparation in good lighting, make-up table, and shower for 2
  • Maximize storage
  • Shower to be the main feature of the bathroom
  • Make-up table to be designed for easy access for styling tools (hairdryer, curling iron, etc)

AS BUILT

Inspiration Image

Click here to see the inspiration for this design.

Project Limitations

  • Working within the existing square footage
  • Staying within budget $40,000
  • Adding a new hot water tank for new steam shower
  • Compliment the glass block windows that will remain

New Design

In the new design, I started out by removing the angles that were taking up valuable square footage, which allowed for an increase in length for the walk in closet by 3’-6”. I then took some room from the master bedroom to allow for a nice sized make-up table. I maintained the existing toilet room but just shortened it to decrease wasted space. The vanity was relocated to the back wall to make it the feature when you walk into the ensuite. The shower was moved to the backside of the closet and is the focal point of the bathroom.

BOSCHMAN FINAL-A-2 CONSTRUCTION PLAN

Millwork Design

The Vanity was designed strategically to balance the existing stepped window with the sink & mirror. We wanted to draw the attention of the viewer away from the window which we did by creating vertical elements on one side & horizontal elements on the another side. We used a stone & glass backsplash tile to bring some drama behind the mirror. Open vertical storage boxes were used in the base cabinets to emphasis the vertical line.

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We recreated the backsplash detail on the make-up counter to bring consistency through the space.

Quality fixtures

BOSCHMAN FINAL-A-5 ELEVATIONS

Shower Tile Design

As the shower was meant to be the focal point of the bathroom, I used a variety of tile combinations & Schluter products to bring the final product to life. We used the KERDI-BOARD system on the shower head wall for recessed accents (backed with a beautiful glass tile) as a place for the client to store shampoos, body washes, and conditioners. We also used the KERDI-LINE shower drain which allows you to use large format 12” x 24” tiles on the shower floor for limited grout lines.

BOSCHMAN FINAL-A-6 ELEVATIONS

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The Finishes

The clients wanted a fresh & neutral palette with a hint of colour. As a way of giving the palette an enhanced look, while keeping it neutral, we looked at using texture to give the space a boost.

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The Final Result

The final result is soft & elegant. The tile design in the shower & the reconfiguration of the space make the space feel large and luxurious.

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I would love to have this bathroom in my own home!

Come talk to me if you want to create your own spa in your home.

Carrie

Carrie Signature Photo

Peace. Rejuvenation. Relaxation.

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.

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Design Requirements

  • 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

Project Limitations

  • Work within the existing space & maintain the existing location of the plumbing
  • Work with the clients budget & timeline

The Concept

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Finishes

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.

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Hope you enjoyed seeing this space as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Peace,

Carrie

Carrie Signature Photo