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.
- Gut the existing ensuite as the space was outdated & did not meet the needs of the client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
- 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)
Click here to see the inspiration for this design.
- 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
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.
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.
We recreated the backsplash detail on the make-up counter to bring consistency through the space.
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.
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.
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.
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.