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Modernizing a Master Bathroom

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There comes a time in every bathroom’s life that its colors fade, its tub goes out of style, and its decor needs some serious updating. This was Rich’s bathroom, and the time had come to give it a major face-lift.  Rich didn’t despise the room, but he knew he had a dated tub, outmoded tile floors, builder grade cabinets that were past their lifespan, along with sponge painted walls. This master bath might have been stylish in its day, but not today. Dated wallpaper border, faux paint, an ugly tub? No, thanks!

This homeowner’s master ensuite was stuck in a rut and in desperate need of modernization. Again, it was not the worst bathroom in the world, but Rich really wanted this space to be updated to his taste, and this century. The homeowner was drawn to gray color gray but didn’t know where to go from there. Rich wanted to turn it into a stylish haven, so he contacted me at Just Counters & Other Stuff.  

During my first visit in Rich’s beautiful home he gave me a long verbal list of the “must-haves”  when it came time to decide what he wanted to spend his money on. One of the very first things that had to go was the single vanity next to the shower. Rich wanted to use that extra space to enlarge the existing odd-angled walk-in shower.

Let’s look at the “BEFORE” pictures again. I’m going to share them with the same “AFTER” view as well for maximum impact. I want to show you how Just Counters team: Gary Shaffer, Aaron Shaffer, Sam Zwack and Tylor Lefever took this bland master bath and made into a beauty. In the first before photograph it showcases the back of the bathroom, including the water closet, bathtub and odd-angled shower. The after shot shows the arched window framing a stylish sculptural tub. It’s just perfect for a long soak. The soaking tub and window now take center stage. It was a little tricky getting that tub and freestanding tub faucet between these two walls. There wasn’t a whole lot of wiggle room. Neat, huh?

Like I mentioned earlier, one of the first things to go were the old single bowl vanity and odd-angled shower. There was a reason for this. Rich wanted to re-jig the layout just a bit. He wanted use that space to make a luxurious walk-in shower. So many people are doing it. It could be someone of a certain age who’s starting to take mobility into account. They want to prepare for a day when they might not manage to get into the bath quite so easily. Unlike standard stalls, walk-in showers don’t require a curtain or door to block the spray of water, resulting in a spacious, easily accessible, open look.

Rich also wanted to improve the lighting. He wanted to get rid of the glaring bulbs over the vanity. Bathroom lighting has come in leaps and bounds over the years. Rich opted for recessed lighting.

Before After

The throne. The lavatory. The commode. The urinal. Whatever you choose to call it, the toilet is a fundamental piece of your home. When you plan to remodel your bathroom, there’s a good chance the toilet is the last thing on your list of improvements. But second to the sink, it stands a good chance that the commode will be the most used item in the room. That’s why when the time came to upgrade, there were a few factors Rich preferred. He wanted a high-quality toilet that looked great and would do the job it was made to do. He wanted an ADA-compliant, a comfort seat height toilet that is slightly higher off the ground. He wanted an eco-friendly model that would save gallons of water a year. And he also wanted a soft-close seat cover. Ultimately, a toilet is like your favorite armchair—you’ll spend so much time sitting on it, you want it to be just right.

The existing vanity cabinets and countertop were installed at the old industry standard of 30-inches—a low, back-breaking height for Rich. During the remodel we installed a double vanity with today’s standard “comfort” counter height of 36-inches. A framed pair of mirrors replaced the single large mirror. Crisp clean white Shaker style cabinetry, Cambria’s beautiful Berwyn countertop, and a pair of gray vessel bowl sinks completed this master bathroom update.  

We couldn’t have done this transformation all by ourselves. I must give credit to where credit is due. Pucci Tile removed all the existing dated tiles and installed the beautiful floor and floor-to-ceiling shower tiles; Charlotte Plumbing provided all the plumbing fixtures, and Pipedream Plumbing did a fantastic job with the plumbing. All are locally owned companies. 

As always, the number one piece of advice I can give you is to talk to us. Ask the experts at Just Counters. Come to our showroom and see our wide range of gorgeous products. We will definitely have something that will suit your bathroom and we’ll be honest with you about what will fit and work out, and what won’t. We will help you create the bathroom of your dreams. Get in touch today – you won’t regret it.

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From the bottom of my heart, thank you, for taking time from your busy schedule to read my blog. It means a lot to me that you read and sometimes share my stories. I feel like this is a true statement of trust in what I write and that you believe my content is worthy of being seen by other people too. See you next Wednesday. 


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