Moved and Improved Bath
An awkward bedroom nook becomes a lavish, light-filled master bath
Remodeling is often a matter of tough trade-offs: What will you sacrifice to gain what you really need? But not for Don and Gail Souter, owners of a roomy 1960s split-level in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They eagerly ceded 78 square feet of their bedroom so that they could scrap their cramped bath in favor of building a new one nearly twice its size.
Enter designer Laura Stein, who rearranged the suite's floor plan to make better use of the space. The new bath claimed an awkward bay-windowed area of the bedroom; the closet filled the void of the former bath. The bedroom shifted to annex the area where the closet had been. Now the spa-like shower takes advantage of the window bay's broad bench. Marble surfaces add elegance; heated floors are another luxe touch. Says Gail, "We've gone from asking ourselves, 'Why did we buy this place?' to falling in love with it all over again."
Relocating the bath to the bay-windowed space allowed it to nearly double in size. Custom vanities, milky marble surfaces, and a generous shower create a feeling of luxury.
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Paint: CC-90 Natural Linen (walls) and OC-57 White Heron (trim);
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"The old shower was so tiny you could barely turn around in it, and we had no storage—our toiletries cluttered up the sink counter," says Don. The existing bath and walk-in closet were also inconveniently located at opposite ends of the bedroom. Privacy was a problem too, since the bath and bedroom doors led directly out into the hallway, which is open to the floor below. The Souters also craved a certain something special: "Glamour and romance," says Gail.
Shown: The narrow end of the long bedroom put the dresser miles from the closet at the opposite end.
The window bay is lined with marble to be watertight. Privacy film with a frosted look shields bathers from view while allowing light to stream in.
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Tub filler, shower system, and towel bars:
Small basketweave mosaic tiles allow for better traction when the shower floor is wet. The pattern also provides contrast to the large-format wall tiles.
Separate mahogany vanities sit on opposite sides of the room. Frameless medicine cabinets set into mirrored wall panels create an expansive reflective surface.
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Vanity hardware, medicine cabinets, and makeup mirror:
The marble vanity top's double-ogee edge treatment is echoed in the mahogany base's recessed panel and bead details.
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Mounting sconces directly on the mirrored walls effectively doubles the light in the room.
An oversized tub was rarely used, and the separate shower was way too small.
The relocated bath is bigger and more functional.
1. Put the shower in the window bay to take advantage of the light and wide bench seat. Placed the tub in an alcove nearby.
2. Built in a linen tower for both open and closed storage.
3. Erected a wall to partition off the 78 square feet taken from the bedroom.
4. Installed the toilet on the opposite side of the wall, since the waste line couldn't be moved. Put in separate vanities to maximize the remaining space.
5. Relocated the closet to the old bath space. The former sink wall was moved 19 inches to better ventilate the kitchen below.
6. Created new entries for a more cohesive, private master suite that can be closed off with a pocket door.