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ASID Award Feature: A Master Class In A Master Bath

Dec 22, 2023 11:31AM ● By Marilyn S. Hansen & Faith Combs
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This 15-year-old home received an updated design with a fresh new spa-inspired master bathroom. Shortly before the clients moved into their house, the husband experienced a stroke. It brought home to them how important aging in place could be in the future. Although they tried to adjust things when they first moved in, they could not find many solutions to make the bathroom more accessible. 

The small master shower was the most challenging aspect of the home and made day-to-day living difficult. The couple did not have enough storage space in the vanity, and the alcove bathtub was a seldom-used eyesore. With the new design, husband and wife now have a stunning accessible shower with ample space, a lower shower entrance, and multiple shower attachments that can be enjoyed by both owners. 

 To make the shower feel even more spacious, we removed the glass block window in the shower and replaced it with a large glass panel while still keeping lower portions of the shower walls. A few inches makes an enormous difference, which allowed us to extend the vanity in length. That crucial amount of space allowed for a vanity with more storage, sconces for more focused lighting, and decorative mirrors. The freestanding tub creates an illusion of space, and the owners have a beautiful tub that fits them perfectly. The clients enjoy their disguised closet at the bath’s entrance now that it is covered in elegant custom sheer drapery.

Inspired by the clients’ recent travels, we incorporated elements of the ocean and a feeling of serenity throughout the design. Inspiration also came from the elegant tile we used in the backsplash and in the tub niche with subtle colors echoing in the granite countertop.  

Emphasizing blue-gray, lavender, and mauve adds a sense of serendipity to the room. A heated floor was installed for that special spa touch, enhancing the ambience when dimming the light fixtures and lighting a candle. It is the pure serenity the client wished to achieve.

Besides accessibility, creating ease of maintenance was one of our more significant challenges. For this reason, we avoided marble tile for the shower, selecting porcelain tile that imitates some of the most exotic marble slabs. The handheld additional shower head assists in showering and cleaning. To prevent frequent calcium deposits, we installed crisp, glittery chrome fixtures, which are the most resistant to deposits. Porcelain tile enveloped the room adding to the more stain resistant material, while also providing an elegant touch. The unusual floor tile is 16 inches wide by 47 inches long. Divided into smaller sections, it provides the illusion of 8-by-8-inch tiles. This eliminated a large number of grout joints, adding to the ease of maintenance. 

Lastly, without lowering the floor joists, we created a low threshold shower. Design experience and a resourceful installer meant we were able to achieve an acceptable entry to solve the problem. The client was pleased and amazed at how seemingly simply the solutions were executed. Cold showering in the chilly winters was dispelled by the warmth of the cozy heated floor. These thoughtful solutions resolved the problems of function and still created a wonderful elegant spa bathroom. 

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This article originally appeared in the January/February 2024 issue of Omaha Home magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
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