Master Bathroom Renovation

I’m very excited to share something a little different than my usual everyday talk about Websites and Design. We recently underwent a major master bathroom renovation and it has finally been completed after 5 weeks. It was in the making for about 2 years and I finally had to pull the trigger because I knew that black mold was underneath those shower tiles and that was NOT good for our health especially with a new baby. The bathroom was originally done by the builder and back then, we were oooing and ahhing at how beautiful it was and now fast forward 12 years later, it’s like “What were we thinking back then!”

Modern Master Bathroom Renovation

I had many different plans in mind but they all blew the budget. Moving plumbing around isn’t good for your bank account, so we opted to leave everything where it was. Below are the before shots.

Master Bathroom Renovation

Step 1: Go and find some inspiration

I browsed endlessly on Pinterest and finally came down to a few I really liked. I like the bling of the feature wall tile. I like the simple and modern gray tiles. I was contemplating on doing a polished porcelain but read that it was really slippery when wet and that it wasn’t too good with watermarks. And lastly, I loved the turquoise blue. The picture of the bathroom in the attic was done by Candace Olson, whom I had the privilege of meeting once upon a time!

Master Bathroom Renovation

Step 2: Draw it out

I went online to find a free 3D room layout planner and found a really nice one at www.reece.com.au. I tried to match as closely as I could to the tile that I was going to choose. We opted to have a curbless shower with a linear drain, a wall hung vanity and a soaker tub. Some features that I wanted in this design was a feature wall (which we put behind the tub) and an accent strip (which we put in the shower). Other features was heated flooring, bluetooth speaker built into the bathroom fan, pot lights and wall sconces.

Master Bathroom Renovation

Step 3: Demolition!

All I can say. Nasty! At first glance, I thought what in the world is that black stuff by the insulation. Well, it’s a garbage bag. Don’t even ask why the builders decided to do that. Now, this is the part where everything gets pulled up to see if you could possibly move the plumbing around and we were able to move the toilet over several inches now that the big tub will be gone and replaced with a nice sleeker, sexier and skinnier soaker tub.

The curbless shower is built so that there is a slight slant that goes towards the linear drain so that water fill flow down into it. With the heated floors, the tubing wraps into that orange looking lego like thing.

Master Bathroom Renovation

Master Bathroom Renovation

This floor heating thermostat from Nuheat connects to your wifi and you can even see what the temperature is outside.

Step 4: Build

I took lots of measurements prior and calculated the square footage of the tiles. All the tiles, fixtures, toilet, tub were picked prior to the start of the build ready for our contractor to start. We weren’t sure the width of the vanity yet, so we had to wait until midway to determine that.

Master Bathroom Renovation

Master Bathroom Renovation

Step 5: Enjoy it for years to come

Final product! Enjoy the eye candy! I want to thank Shannon (pictured above) who was amazing to work with on this project and he brought my design to life! Funny side story, in some of my video tutorials, you can hear some hammering going on in the background.

When sourcing all this stuff, I’m happy to say that the only thing I got from Ikea was the towel hanger and the long storage cabinet. I have a love / hate relationship with Ikea (who doesn’t?) Everything else was purchased from Bath Depot.

Final thoughts: After about a month of using our new bathroom, I must say that it is very easy to clean. The curbless shower had proved its challenges in the beginning due to the water coming out through the crack of the door but that was easily fixed with a plastic seal. The water leakage was not the fault of the curbless shower system but just the gap from where the door opened. I was initially concerned with this and read stories of where the water would seep out of the shower but that is not the case. We also realized we couldn’t put a bathmat right in front of the shower door because then the shower door wouldn’t open. But that is quickly solved by the heated floor which dries everything up in no time.

This particular bathtub retains heat very well. I was in there one time for almost and hour and in the end I wasn’t freezing to death. The water actually held it’s temperature very well as if I just filled it.

Get a medicine cabinet! You don’t know how much space you can gain! I wasn’t going to get one, but am really glad I did.

The shower by far is the most luxurious. The only thing is the hair issue and the linear drain which I did not anticipate. This will need to be cleaned every 2 weeks or so because the hair seems to pool in the drain due to it being so wide whereas the older shower with just a center circle drain kind of pushed everything down faster. But that is what husbands are for right? To pick up your nasty hair out of drains.

Overall we are really happy with our bathroom and now if I need to take a mini vacation that is where I go!

Master Bathroom Renovation

Master Bathroom Renovation

This picture above was taking prior to the shower glass being installed.

Master Bathroom Renovation

This picture above was taking prior to the shower glass being installed.

Master Bathroom Renovation

Master Bathroom Renovation

Master Bathroom Renovation

Master Bathroom Renovation

Lots of cabinet space!

Master Bathroom Renovation

Master Bathroom Renovation

Master Bathroom Renovation

Master Bathroom Renovation

At first glance, it does look like you are being summoned up to space.

Master Bathroom Renovation

Master Bathroom Renovation

Master Bathroom Renovation

Master Bathroom Renovation





2017-04-16T07:15:58+00:00 By |Home Design|