Column: New bathroom layout creates better space


EXISTING BATHROOM: The owners of this home, located in the Cheswick subdivision in west Carmel, had lived with their existing master bathroom for 10 years. “Our original bathroom had an odd layout. The toilet room divided the bathroom in half and cut up the space. The small walk-in shower was tucked away in a dark corner and always felt cold. We wanted a more open and functional layout to take advantage of the natural light.”

NEW LAYOUT: To improve the functionality of their space, the existing bath was completely gutted, enabling a blank canvas for the new layout. Plumbing was relocated for the new location of the shower, tub and toilet room. The shower was moved to the previous location of the garden tub to give the homeowners’ more space with natural light. The toilet room was moved to the previous shower area. A new freestanding tub was placed in the center of the room to create the main focal point of the bathroom upon entry.

TOWER CABINETS CREATE SPACE: While the location of the existing vanity worked well, it lacked usable storage space. To add storage capacity, ceiling height tower cabinets were added to each side of the new vanity.

CREATING ELEGANCE: “With the house dominated by my husband and sons, I wanted to have an elegant and feminine design that would stand the test of time.” To achieve this timeless look, marble tile was selected for the bathroom floor and shower. Chrome fixtures, wainscoting and a traditional free-standing tub contribute to their dream vision. Minera quartz by Cambria with flecks of sparkle, crystal chandeliers, sconce lighting and crystal cabinet knobs add a touch of feminine flair.

FINAL RESULT: “The new bathroom is perfect for us. We love how many options we have with the shower. The wide door, bench and grab bars allow us to age-in-place in this home gracefully and I especially appreciate the convenience of the handheld shower wand to wash the dogs.”