Master Bath Remodel: The Big Stuff

[Since its been awhile since I started this series on the re-design of my parents’ Master Bath, you can catch up on Part 1Part 2, and Part 3}

Last time we  checked in on the project to remodel my parents’ Master Bath, I showed you how we were able to make some minor tweaks to their existing floor plan in order to preserve plumbing locations but still open up the space to make it much more usable for a contemporary household.


By pulling out the obtrusive dividing wall, we are able to enlarge the shower and vanity areas. Also, by extending the floor surface beneath furniture and fixtures to the edge of the space, we gained visual space, making the whole room seem much larger.

 So, with layout and general sizing determined, we were off and running on the fun stuff: picking fixtures and finishes!

Bathrooms are hard in this department because there are SO many options – its can be totally overwhelming! In much larger spaces you have the flexibility to choose a large design statement and work around that. But, I find in bathrooms with limited space it is often that many items of similar scale are competing to be the focal point. So, its hard to really determine your direction straight off.

We sort of took a combined design approach and picked fixtures along with finishes all together. Some things ended up playing off each other. But, not to get too long winded about things, I’ll talk about the big things here today and then round out with the pretty tile and paint next time. Before I go too far, I need to give my mom a HUGE shout out because she did as much of the design legwork as I did. Online research, running from store to store. Pretty much I just helped with the overall scheme and provided the trade discount 😉

Fixture choices were both easy and hard. We knew we wanted simple, classic pieces that would have an impact without too much fluff. There was also some incentive to order larger items from Home Depot because they had a deal on financing that influenced the cost of the project. So in some cases we trolled the internet and then went to good ol HD to see what we could find similar. Here’s what we ended up with:

[1] 48″ French Door Painted to match trim [2] Pegasus Gazette Mirror (to match vanity) [3] Syrah Satin Nickel Sconce [4] Cifial Brookhaven Lavatory Faucet [5] Kohler Oval Undermount Sink Color: Biscuit [6] Pegasus Gazette Double Vanity (Counter removed and replaced with custom fabricated marble) [7] Kohler Highline Elongated Toilet Color: Biscuit [8] Cifial Brookhaven wall mount tub filler [9] Produits Neptune Saphyr Freestanding Jetted tub

The toilet matches one that my mom had previously picked for the downstairs powder room and has liked, so that was a slam dunk. The french doors were chosen because they were only 48″ wide, taking up less floor space in the plan. The vanity is a good example of how we found some concepts online, explored multiple options and then found this unit at Home Depot. We originally had a custom piece priced, but it ended up not providing savings to have someone do it custom. The benefit of this Pegasus unit is that is came with a granit top that didn’t get used for this project, but will be saved for a remodel of the guest bath down the hall. Winning! The mirror is in the matching line just to keep everything cohesive.

The major design fixtures were the faucets and the BEAUTIFUL freestanding jetted tub. You may recall that we went back and forth during original space planning on tub vs. large shower. In the end, they kept a tub in the scheme but decided if they were going to take up the floor space to have a tub it was going to be a GREAT tub. And great it is, my friends.

The trick is this: I was really pushing for a freestanding tub (one that isn’t built into an apron around it) for the visual lightness it allows in such a small space. This way it looks like a furniture piece with floor extending underneath and lets the space breath. In order to get them the tub they wanted, though, functionally, it needed to have jets. And there just aren’t that many freestanding jetted tubs on the market (well, that aren’t like $12,000). For a long time we were considering ordering a tub site unseen from a discount website, but in the end decided to spend a bit more and go through a local dealer. It was the splurge of the room, but I took a spin in that tub and I can tell you from first hand experience that it is AWESOME. Plus, its streamlined and modern, and looks great in the space.

The faucets were chosen by my mom from Cifial USA. The soft flared ends really play up the combination of contemporary finish and traditional, clean elegance that we were going for. The finish chosen is satin nickel to keep it earthy. I think that they add the perfect amount of bling to the space.

A special note that we learned on faucets and plumbing. If you are having plumbing adjusted  (which we were to convert the old tub filler hardware to a wall mount filler), your plumber will need to know the spec on the “trim” you are using before they start the in-wall plumbing. The trim refers to the portions you see on the outside (knobs, spout, etc) which is somewhat independent from the plumbing components in the wall. I say somewhat because you certainly can buy it all as a kit with some less customized options, but in our case, the Cifial components needed supplementary pieces to back them up. And there were about a thousand different pieces/options to go in the wall so the plumbers needed to know right away what trim we ended up picking.

So, those were the big items that we chose to create the infrastructure of the space. Next up – the fun and pretty finishes to fill it all out (along with some construction progress photos!).

If you have any questions on which local dealers we used to source the products, please feel free to shoot me an e-mail. I’m happy to help!

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