The clients wanted a unique and spa-like master bath retreat to complement their already beautiful downtown loft. They wanted design solutions and attention to detail that would help distinguish their duplex apartment as a one-of-a-kind space tailored to their specific needs. The existing master bath did not have the sleek contemporary look they prefer, and the shower was too small. We enlarged the shower by removing a tub in an adjacent hall bath. The clients were willing to change the full hall bath into a powder room as they already had two full baths on the lower level. A simple palette of white, gray, and black enhances the contemporary design. Silver Award, Bathroom over $60,000, 2018 Professional Remodeler Design Award; Merit Award, Residential Bath $75,000 to $100,000, NARI Metro DC Chapter Capitol CotY Award.
We removed the wall between the master and hall bath, removed the hall bath tub, and built a new wall. We had to install all new plumbing rough-ins for the new fixtures.
SHOWER: The new shower is 7-feet 9-inches by 4-feet — enlarged from the original 4-foot square – with a linear drain in the floor.
The clients wanted two benches. Our crew mounted stainless steel L-brackets on the side walls. Our surfacing subcontractor routed the underside of the engineered quartz bench, so the brackets sit flush. The clients also wanted a steam shower, so the glass doors span from the base to the tiled ceiling. We angled the shower ceiling such that the condensation drips would float back to the rear wall instead of straight down. Also set in the walls are waterproof blue-tooth enabled speakers.
TOILET: The existing 2×6 wall framing allowed us to install the hidden tank of the wall-hung toilet. The toilet’s bidet seat (with remote control) required electrical wiring.
LINEN STORAGE. In one corner of the bathroom is a single unit wall-mounted drawer with five floating shelves above. The towel bars that are attached to each shelf are appliance pulls!
LIGHTING. The room has layers of light, including LED strips under the toilet, vanity, and shelving to highlight the floating/wall mounted units. The medicine cabinets have surface mounted lights, and there are recessed lights in the room, as well as in the shower.
HALL BATH. We also renovated the new hall powder room with new flooring, vanity, and fixtures.
VANITY. The clients were inspired by a photo of a countertop with dual ramp sinks. However, there were no references or design information. Our team stepped up to the challenge to recreate the design with consultations between our designer, stone fabricator, and in-house plumber.
The shallow sink bottom is slanted back toward the drain. The most complicated part of the design was figuring out the drainage. We installed two 1-inch wide strip drains that flow into a slot drain that connects to a single waste line. Our carpenter had to cut the vanities on site to allow the plumbing to fit properly, as well as installing blocking on the interior of the vanity boxes so they held firmly to the wall and had solid support. The wall-mounted faucets are set on an engineered quartz box/shelf under the medicine cabinets.
This is the new hall bathroom that is now a powder room, as we removed the tub to create a larger shower in the adjacent master bath.