Steve and Nicolle already had a beautiful Naperville home and have been raising their family here for some time. As trends and finishes come and go, they decided is was time for a master bath remodel.
As you will see from the pictures below, they already had a large bathroom with a vaulted ceiling that made the room feel even bigger. Many clients are removing their tubs which were so popular back in the 90’s and expanding their showers however, Nicolle still used her tub so she wanted to keep a soaking tub in the design. The original bathroom was bland in color. All of the tile, including the floor and wall tile, was white as well as the doors & trim. The only way to bring color into this room was to paint the walls a different color. This was a very clean look when it was first built, with bright brass accents on the plumbing fixtures and shower doors. As with so many homes that are 25 years or older, this is a very dated look.
Steve & Nicolle had been planning their bathroom remodel for quite some time before they called us. Nicolle had done a lot of research on what’s new and trending in Naperville and had a list of “must haves” for her new bathroom. With the help of Houzz, Nicolle was able to show me pictures of her bathroom ideas from wall insets, to mosaic tile, and to towel bars. Armed with all of her ideas, we got to work and came up with an awesome bathroom design and material suggestions that were both functional and gorgeous!
A RELAXING BATH
Since this bathroom was so large in area, we used a 12×24 porcelain tile on the floor and the walls, running the tile vertically on the walls. Nicolle wanted a focal point in this massive wall of tile, so we built a 30″x48″ niche, which is centered over the tub. The back wall of the niche, as well as the tub deck and shower niches all feature a really cool glass mosaic tile made by Sonoma Tile Makers. The color is Vihara Jade Iridescent. We added a couple LED lights in the ceiling of the niche for a calming mood light and to also allow Nicolle to display decorative accent pieces.
A LUXURY SHOWER
When the majority of our clients plan a master bathroom remodel, one of the main objectives is to expand the shower. In the original design, the 48″x 34″ shower was sandwiched between two awkwardly shaped linen closets with a false ceiling overhead. The old shower felt tight and closed in. Steve and Nicolle wanted to change them in order to open up the shower area. On paper our new design looked amazing, with knee walls on the left and right sides of the shower door.
Like most people, Steve & Nicolle are visual people, meaning that they needed to see it first hand to truly grasp what the finished product would look like. When we built the shower the first time, they were not sure it was the look they wanted. Here at Sebring Services we understand this and want our clients to absolutely love their new space! At that time it was important to stop, revisit the client’s objectives and revised the shower plan. After all, Steve & Nicolle are the ones using this space and they need to be excited about this bathroom every time they walk in!
In this new plan, we eliminated both closets and the ceiling, then expanded the shower to 84″ x 46″ overall dimensions from tile to glass. We then revised our first design and eliminated the left knee wall and shortened the right knee wall. Lastly, we finished the shower off with a 3/8″ custom glass enclosure that really opened up the shower to the rest of the bathroom. It no longer feels closed in and two people may shower in here at the same time!
You will notice that the wall tile pattern runs continuously through the shower. There are four shampoo niches in the shower with the same glass mosaic tile in the back of them. We pulled the quartz Ceasarstone into the shower by using it on the shower threshold, knee wall caps, shower niches, and bench seat.
Centered over the shower is a rainhead shower, a standard shower head to the left of the rainhead, and a handheld shower on a slidebar to the right of the rainhead. We used two shower valves and one diverter to build the plumbing system. This setup allows the user to change from using all three shower heads individually, all at once, or two at a time. Behind the knee wall is a bench seat that allows you to sit and relax under the handheld if preferred!
DARK WOOD CABINETRY WITH LIGHT COUNTERTOPS
The new cabinetry is a cherry wood with an “Espresso” finish. We replaced the linen closets with a spacious linen cabinet. The base cabinet next to the tall linen cabinet is actually a pull-out hamper. The countertops are Caesarstone, which match the tub deck and shower pieces. The original bathroom had a large king-sized mirror over the vanity and because we eliminated two linen closets, we installed three Kohler 20″ x 36″ medicine cabinets to help make up for the lost storage space. These medicine cabinets may be surface mounted or recessed into the wall. In this particular project, we rerouted the plumbing vent in order to recess them into the wall.
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