NORTHBROOK BATHROOM REMODEL
BATHROOM REMODEL OVERVIEW
The goal of this remodel was to take an 80’s bathroom into this century, but still maintain a classic and traditional design aesthetic. We kept the footprint the same, but removed soffits over the vanity and a partial wall in the shower to let additional light in.
We also replaced the drop in tub and tub deck with an elegant, freestanding tub. The use of tile accent walls creates greater interest in both the tub and vanity areas, and using the recessed medicine cabinets as mirrors gave this client additional storage they lacked. Overall, the space is elegant and classic and functional as well.
BATHROOM DESIGN OBJECTIVES
BEFORE THE BATHROOM REMODEL
Looking at this bathroom in comparison to the rest of this client’s home, the basic builder-grade finishes did not suit the elevated, traditional style they wanted for the space. The cabinetry had poor storage and wasn’t comfort height which made getting ready challenging.
There was nothing that wowed you or stood out about the space. The soffit felt heavy and dated over the sinks, as did the tub and tub deck in the shower area. The natural light was lost in the shower that was entirely too closed off by the full height wall near the entry. The space was not working for the client and while the changes to the walls was minor, they had a big impact in the end.
BATHROOM DESIGN CONCEPT
DURING THE BATHROOM REMODEL
Painting a GreenGuard barrier over the Durorock in the shower adds an extra layer of moisture barrier and gives homeowners peace of mind that the substrate won’t absorb moisture or mildew.
Framing in for recessed medicine cabinets is sometimes not as easy as expected. There can be hidden mechanicals in the walls that need to be moved in order to accommodate a recessed installation. We lucked out on this job and there was nothing behind the walls that hindered the design.
We did have to keep in mind, however, how the door swing interacted with the sconces we selected. We found the perfect sconce with just the right dimensions to fit into our layout.
MATERIALS IN THIS BATHROOM DESIGN
Shiloh Vanity, Inset style. Windsor Door, Stonehenge Stain on Clear Alder
New Glacier White
Lasa Aurora – Dreaming – Luxe Polished finish
Sunstruck Freestanding Tub with fluted apron
Hudson Valley – Windham Series
Kohler Artifacts in Chrome