In this post: If you’d like to do a master bathroom remodel but have absolutely no space for an ensuite bath, sometimes the easiest option is an add-on.⇒
I’m willing to bet most of you don’t have a staircase in the bathroom.
Yeah, I didn’t think so. Have you ever felt like one of your rooms was so bad that if they held a contest for the worst room, yours would win hands down? That was my master bath. No… really.
You see, we DID have a stairway in the bathroom, and it was not because it was a huge bath with access to a spa or related area. In fact, the room was so tiny, it’s hard to imagine it could even be called a room. It certainly didn’t have a bath tub.
Clearly, this closet-sized bathroom had been added to the house and the staircase must’ve been redirected to make room for it. Or perhaps only the staircase was added and it cut into the original bath. Either way, an optimal master bathroom layout was not on the builder’s mind. The stairway went up to the attic and was covered by an accordion door. There was a tiny shower and the tile, sink and mirror were original from the 1940’s. And of course, the pipes were on an exterior wall and froze every winter, unless we kept the water trickling.
Yep, I think I win.
It was from this vantage point that I approached our master bath remodel. I’d always wanted a spa bath or at least a reasonably nice master bathroom and there was absolutely no way to turn this little postage-stamp room into anything more than a commode and shower unless I gave up my bedroom itself.
We thought long and hard about it and after consulting with an architect, finally realized to get what we wanted, we’d have to build out. Directly beneath the exterior bedroom wall was a long narrow sunroom and we could feasibly build a master bath over that room.
We were limited on space as the sunroom was only 9 feet wide but it was lightyears bigger than our existing bathroom and with a little creative layout design, we were able to fit in everything that mattered to us. That included a double sink, a roomy stall shower and nice full-sized spa tub.
The centerpiece of this bath is the jacuzzi tub, encircled with Jerusalem marble tile. Yes, I know free-standing pedestal tubs are the current trend, but if you really want to relax in the bath, having a place to light candles and prop a glass of wine become non-negotiable imperatives.
I love to decorate with words and the gilded letters over the tub spell out exactly what this room is about.
Across from the tub we put the double vanity, in a dry mid-toned maple with bead trim. The vanity drawers provide ample storage to keep the room functional and organized. Two medicine cabinets sit above the sinks because it drives me crazy that no one uses them anymore. It’s the most convenient place to keep often used cosmetics and I continue to use them in all my baths.
On my vanity counter I like to keep antique pieces that are both functional and beautiful. Q-tips rest in a silver toothpick holder and cotton balls reside in a crystal cosmetic jar. Soaps from Rancé in a vintage crystal canister add a note of pedigree and a pretty scent.
A lovely classic sconce is like jewelry for the room and rests between the two medicine cabinets over the sinks.
One of several storage cabinets in the space features an exposed marble shelf, a convenient place to display perfumes or cosmetics.
I spent a good bit of time picking out the marble tile and settled on a creamy Jerusalem stone with a slight pink tint for the wall tiles and tumbled travertine, with its no-slip attribute, for the floor.
One of my favorite aspects of the bath are the iridescent glass tiles that highlight the space. They were utilized as a border around the walls and were dropped into the floor tile pattern, as well.
The details are what take a space from ordinary to special. I never realized how excited I could get about a shower door handle.
It’s not always possible to find an easy place to build out, but if you have a first floor room with nothing over it, it makes an extension that much easier. I was so delighted with the way this room came out that it became my favorite place to go to relax.
What could be more soothing than an aromatic bath with a cup of tea and flickering candles? I do, of course, include relaxing music as part of the ritual, as well.
All that and there’s no stairway to contend with either!
(If you’d like to see our master bath makeover in our new townhouse, you can visit that post here: New Bathroom Makeover)
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