Master Bath Remodel: More Space, Clean Lines, Fresh Ideas

Posted on | July 27, 2011 | No Comments

Bathroom remodels can be some of the most elaborate updates in a home, and this North Raleigh  ”Before and After” by Steiner Design Interiors is no exception. Built in the 1970’s and then remodeled in the early 90’s, this recent “after” is more than just a facelift.

Images Courtesy of Steiner Design Interiors

This spa-feel bathroom goes beyond the original footprint, taking over one of the master closets to allow for more space. The traditional cabinetry, stone countertops and tile create a sense of comfort and elegance, in addition to offering more space and storage for the residents.

To get an idea of how this project resulted in this beautiful finished product, we spoke to Raleigh interior designer Michael Steiner about the project.

NCD: This is an incredible transformation. What was the goal of the project?

MS: The bathroom was in desperate need of a makeover. Previous owners had made trendy choices, such as the Jacuzzi tub that did not stand the test of time. The tile, fixtures, and counters were dated and showing their age, and more storage space was needed. A lot of wonderful features such as the quality tile and cabinets where added, but we worked hard to keep to the budget too—making strategic choices to maximize our resources.

NCD: Obviously, attention to detail makes a huge difference in bathrooms. What are some of aspects of the design that finished this master bathroom?

MS: Good lighting is such an important element in a bathroom; it can make or break a room. This had been significantly overlooked in the previous design. We removed the stained glass insert and replaced that with a new window. Down lights were added in the shower and at the tub. Can lights were installed in the main ceiling and there is wonderful warm lighting over the sinks—in fact we even used fixtures that are adjustable for taller or shorter people, so they can get the best lighting for shaving and make-up. And of course there are dimmers on all lights to control mood.

Another great aesthetic in this space is the shower, which is the same size, but looks much bigger now since it had been enclosed in thick glass block. A new modern look was chosen and features a rain shower head as well as a handheld shower head. Large scale 24×24 white marble is used throughout the bathroom and in the shower it is paired with color marble subway tile with a beveled edge for dimension, and variegated in color. The tiles were laid out before for the best look with the mosaic border and cut pieces from the floor tile were added to create a spectacular and luxurious design.

NCD: When doing a “statement” room, such as this one, do you let it live independently from the rest of the house, or does it have to incorporate the design elements from the other rooms to really work?

MS: As a general rule, I like to tie it all together, taking elements of the design from the home, especially in the case of the master bath. The master bedroom has a dark wood floor, rich mocha grey-brown walls, and a subdued, cozy feel. When you walk into bathroom you see white and clean but the richness of the cabinetry and colors transitions the homeowner from the warmth of the bedroom into the soothing freshness of the bath. We chose a wall paint that is the lighter version of the bedroom wall color, and to finish it off, the painting over the tub, the draperies and the rug incorporate the design colors from the bedroom.

Michael Steiner, Steiner Design Interiors Bathroom Remodel
Images Courtesy of Steiner Design Interiors

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