Even the most stunning traditional home needs a modern update now and then—but the perfect balance is all in the details. When our clients came to us for a full master bathroom remodel in their traditional home, we knew we needed to create a contemporary space while keeping design elements in line with the rest of the home.
Master Bathroom Remodel
The original bathroom was dated and slightly water damaged. In particular, the cave-like shower, fitted with worn green tiles, required a major overhaul. Per our conversations with the client, our requirements became clear. We needed to…
- keep the existing bathroom footprint, including the size and location of the water closet;
- open up the enclosed shower and install a freestanding tub;
- redesign the his and hers vanities to increase functionality and storage;
- retain existing moldings to save the room’s traditional sensibilities; and
- update all plumbing and tiles.
To address all of these needs and ensure the master bathroom remodel worked with the rest of the house, we relied on a transitional design, a hybrid of traditional and more modern bathroom elements.
Shower, Tub, & Tile
To open up the shower, the most obvious solution was to remove the walls surrounding it. To maintain a separation between the shower and the tub, we built a shortened pony wall between the two but otherwise enclosed the shower in glass. We replaced the built-in, under-mount jet tub with a freestanding tub that accommodated the allotted space and the clients’ heights.
We used classic white marble for the shower and tub wainscoting to further increase the open feel. Beige- and light blue-shaded mosaics were installed to add color. Across the floor, we included a custom tile rug with a water jet-cut stone mosaic pattern. The tile layout highlights the room’s traditional attributes while the clean, streamlined aesthetic also helped us to achieve a more timeless quality.
His and Hers Vanities & Molding
When updating the his and hers vanities our main goal was to increase functionality. This required installing custom cabinets with inserts to meet the needs of each individual. We aimed for simplicity on his side: a hamper pull out, a large sink with a roll-out drawer, and single-door cabinet. On her side, features were more specific. In addition to including more drawers, we also added a pull out with flex outlets for hair appliances as well as an accessory pull out.
Preserving the home’s hand-milled moldings was necessary to maintain the room’s traditional roots. Unfortunately, some of the crown molding had been damaged. We opted to work with an outside expert to custom-mill replacement molding as necessary. We also used custom pieces to surround cabinet additions and trim the existing mirror.
If you would like to talk to an expert about bathroom trends or the remodeling process, call or contact our team at Valley Home Builders. We would love to help you decide on the perfect bathroom design and assist you with all your bathroom renovation needs.