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Master Bath Project Episode 9

The Master Bath Project is virtually complete. The only missing items are the Shower Door and enclosure, trim rings and switch plates.

Here we go with a tour of this project.
The walls are textured with a knockdown texture and painted a light off white, the ceiling and trims are a pure white,(Behr Ultra White). The laminate and the solid surface is are off whites as well. The fixtures and cabinet hardware are a brushed nickel finish. The floor is 20” ceramic tiles in a light beige to complement the tub which was the only item left from the original bath.
The Makeup Area.
The square footage of flooring is almost as much as in the original bath, just rearranged differently.

Design Notes:
The counter height was derived from the rolling seat. the area between the counter and the cabinet above was determined by the two mirrors.

Behind the Magnifying mirror on the left is a switch for the mirror light as well as an outlet for other electric accesories. You can also see the shelves in the back corner in the shower in this photo.

Here is a closeup of the mirrors and counter. The lit mirror is 25×25” the mirror on the right is the door for a built in medicine cabinet. The bottom of the storage cabinet is finsihed with laminate to diffuse the light.

The Shower
The shower as noted before is a custom size being 4′ wide and about 6 1/2′ long. The shower walls are 76” tall adding about 4” more than ‘standard’. The safety bars are in place on the side wall as well.

The shower head is on an adjustable bar with a 6′ hose allowing the clients to reach anywhere in the shower. The soap dishes are adjustable as well.

The control for the shower is mounted on the inside of the ponywall. This allows them to adjust the temperature of the shower before stepping in. Note that the control is a single handle control which is used everywhere on this project. Single hand controls just make more sense.

Here is a long view of the bathroom along the back wall.

The Vanity
The vanity is suspended between the two pony walls and has two drawers with the same pull hardware that also acts as towel racks. The caps on the pony walls are notable as they are much thinner than normal contributing to a much lighter feel. (It was one of the details that was a little hard to get across, as it was not ‘standard’, but we prevailed.)
The sink is a one piece unit molded into the counter top eliminating clips, rings, and cracks for dirt or mold to hide. The sides and back have back splashes of the same solid surface.
There are also two outlets GFI protected outlets on either side of the counter. Finally is the built in medicine cabinet. The only thing left is trying to find a light fixture for above the cabinet. There is a lot of crap in the market.

The Tub
The tub being the only item left from the previous bath got a makeover as well. We installed additional jets in the front and the back, that the client reports work great. At the same time, the lines and jets were replaced. We also installed new controls with a spout type diverter valve for the deck mounted wand in the corner.

The backsplashes are the same solid surface that are carried to the bottom of the window. The window sill has the same thin detail as the pony wall, tying them together. We also installed a grab bar on the deck of the tub for accessibility. We finished off the tub with a solid surface modesty panel to cover the plumbing and to be able to gain access should any problems arise in the future.

The flooring complements the tub, and is much better looking the second time around. We also installed new base board.

Comfort Station
The toilet is a one piece high line toilet in keeping with building this bathroom with future accessibility in mind.
The TP Holder is a one piece design tucked into the top of the magazine alcove. The stretcher bars for the bottom of the magazine rack are made out of standard door stop material.
Morning Multi Tasking!

Towel Bar
On the other side of the pony wall is the heated towel bar. It runs off of a timer mounted on the wall above the pony wall.

So there you have it. A new bathroom. In case you are just arriving here, here are some photos of before:
Makeup Area




Comfort Station

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