Consider: Secondary baths can make great first impressions



The design opportunities in secondary bathrooms are often overlooked in home remodeling. These homeowners looked at these spaces as a chance to have some fun. They bought this 12-year-old house six years ago and recently remodeled two bathrooms – a powder bath on the main level and a full bath in the basement.

According to the homeowner, “When we bought the house, we knew we were going to remodel. The powder bath had a pedestal sink, which I do not like because there is no storage space! Because it is a powder bath, I felt like I had the freedom to play with it a little bit. There are many fun architectural details throughout the house, but it seems like the builder forgot the bathrooms.”

The goal of the remodel was to add storage, update the functionality and put more personality into the baths. The designer stated, “The intent behind the design was to give the spaces a bit of wow-factor. The wood wall in the powder bath, done in Castle Comb Avon wood planks, definitely provides some pop. In the lower-level bath, we got rid of the beige and brought in different textures and colors to liven it up.”



Powder Bath: “I wanted to make a statement in the powder bath. I was originally thinking of putting decorative tile up the accent wall, but the designer came up with the idea of the wood planks,” said the homeowner. “My husband and I love lodges, but that look would not have blended with the rest of the house. The wood wall was a great alternative, and we love it.  We ended up with a granite remnant for the vanity top, which was a nice cost saver. I wanted to do something different with the space, and I got it.”

Full Bath: Installing a large, tiled shower follows current trends in bath remodeling. “The main reason behind remodeling the basement bathroom was to replace the builder-grade tub and shower unit,” said the homeowner. “We have them all over the house and plan to replace all of them. Also, we needed a vanity with more storage.”

When you are taking on a remodeling project, remember to have a little fun too. Bringing your personality into the mix can make the results more gratifying.

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