Column: Master bath design with resale in mind


EXISTING BATHROOM: The owners of this home, located in Southport, had lived with their early ’90s master bathroom for 15 years. “Knowing that we will someday sell the house, we knew the bathroom would deter people from purchasing the home. We decided we might as well have the work done now so we can enjoy it until moving day comes.”

BATHROOM DESIGN ELEMENTS: “Switching out the hunter green for a clutter-free and Asian-inspired design were the main goals for our master bathroom.” To achieve this look, several components were added. To separate the tub and shower area from the rest of the bathroom, black pebble tile was installed as a shower accent wall and for the shower and tub floor. Eastern Blanco wall tile with standard white grout was chosen to compliment the black pebble tile giving the area the “sleek look” the homeowners had envisioned.

FREE-STANDING TUB: To add to the Asian-inspired look, the homeowners selected a Victoria + Albert free-standing tub. Not only is the tub designed to fit in a smaller space, but the material itself is made of finely ground volcanic limestone called “Quarrycast” – making it lightweight, warm to the touch and easy to clean.

CUSTOM VANITY & COUNTERTOP: Designed for functionality, the custom double vanity not only provides extra storage space, but it also was designed to keep the countertop clutter-free. Two full-extension drawer stacks installed on the outsides of the base cabinetry give ample storage space for toiletries and other bathroom supplies. Elevated tower cabinets installed on the outsides of the Corian countertop are perfect for hiding electrical outlets and cords. Because the homeowners did not like wall-mounted lighting, a custom bulkhead with matching crown was built to house the recessed lighting directly above the vanity. To complete the look, brushed satin nickel cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures were installed.

FINAL RESULT: All elements came together to give the homeowners the Asian-inspired bathroom of their dreams. “The tub is our favorite part of the whole bathroom. We love the clean lines and the angles of the tub. It is the perfect spot to relax after a long day.”

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