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Cleveland Park, DC – Master Bathroom Remodel


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This project entailed carving a new master bathroom from the existing 2nd floor space of a 1910 house. The original second floor of the house had four bedrooms sharing a single bath. The new owners of this four-square house in Washington, DC’s Cleveland Park neighborhood wanted a master bedroom suite that would include a private, spacious, contemporary master bathroom immediately off their bedroom. To create the space for this new bath we took a bedroom adjacent to the master bedroom and part of the wide 2nd floor hallway. We converted them into an 84 sq. ft. master bath that includes a large shower with a built-in bench and niche for toiletries, a twin vanity with vessel sinks, toilet, and linen closet. Since we were able to sufficiently insulate the bathroom, we were able to remove the radiator and use just electric radiant floor heat. A hallway with two walk-in closets on either side connects the master bath to the bedroom. The newly reconfigured 2nd floor now has three bedrooms—the master bedroom/bathroom suite and two others that share the second bath that we also fully remodeled.

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Unusual Constraints/Challenges & Creative Solutions

The master bedroom/bathroom suite is one zone that has great flow where two people can easily move about in privacy. Walk-in closets are on either side of the connecting hallway between bedroom and bath.

All tiles used in the bathroom are by Porcelanosa. Their Creta Marfil wall tile mimics the movement of water. Using the tile floor-to-ceiling we created a wave pattern that flows continuously along the wet wall adding pattern, texture and interest. The floor tile is 12”x 24” Avenue White Texture; the shower floor is 1”x 1” Quattro Avenue White Texture Mosaic; and the shower walls are 12”x 35”CerdenaMarfil. The Showcase Vienna, Bamboo vanity has a Caesarstone pebble top with two vessel sinks making it comfortable for the couple to use the bathroom simultaneously. The frameless glass shower has both a rain showerhead and a Euro style hand-held spray. The glass shower doors were particularly challenging as they flow around the knee walls.

Two obstacles were discovered after demolition. We discovered a concealed structural point load that required a new structural beam to adequately distribute the weight over the middle of the bathroom. We also discovered that this hundred year old house was not square. Rooms were off by a few inches in each direction. It took some finesse to square the rooms.

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Final Results

The final results of the new master bedroom suite delighted our clients. They love the cheerful, modern and very functional layout and fixtures that blend well with their handsome historic house.

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Before – Bathroom Plan

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After – Bathroom Plan

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March 14, 2016