2015 Remodeling Excellence Award

Spa-Inspired Master Bathroom Wins Design Excellence Award

Prior to their renovation, the owners of this 1990’s home had a dull master bathroom on their hands. Overall, the space was lacking in layout and style, making it a far cry from the spa-like space that they very much desired. Therefore, they called upon Normandy Designer Laura Barber to help create a relaxing retreat that reflected their personal style.

The first order of business was to modify the existing floorplan. To start, the existing linen closet was removed and the toilet was relocated toward the back wall to allow for a larger vanity space.  The giant tub and deck were also removed and replaced with a free-standing, contemporary tub.  Subsequently, the shower doubled in size both physically and visually by removing the partition wall and replacing it with full-height glass.

With the layout complete, storage became the next priority.

“Storage was extremely important to the homeowner,” said Laura. “Because we removed the linen closet, we needed to find an alternative solution. To increase the storage of the room, we installed a larger vanity that incorporated a pull-out hamper, more drawers and open space under the sink to keep things organized.”
“The shower bench on the tub side also has open cubbies below it to store towels, baskets and toiletries,” added Laura.

All in all, the materials used in this space were in line with the homeowners contemporary style and their desire for natural elements and texture. For example, the crisp white tub is made from volcanic limestone and has a soft-curved line that complements its natural pebble stone floor. Additionally, the vanity cabinets and mirror surround are a dark, textural laminate that adds interest to the space. The engineered stone countertops also blend the soft, neutral stone look that the homeowner loves with their practical desires for low maintenance.

Layers of light were another important element in the transformation of this bathroom.

“We added a large, decorative pendant light as well as long, curved, linear wall sconces to offer great task lighting at the vanity and continue the soft, curved element in the space,” said Laura. “We also added recessed LED can lights to provide general task lighting throughout the remainder of the room.”

This master bathroom remodel was so well executed that it recently received a Remodeling Excellence Award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Greater Chicagoland.  If you are ready to transform your master bathroom into a serene retreat, request a free consultation with Laura. Or, register to attend our next bathroom remodeling seminar to get a better understanding of the design process. You can also follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook and Twitter for additional ideas and insights.

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