1/03/2012

Impending Master Bathroom Remodel

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful break. I had fun seeing family and definitely enjoyed some time away from my cell phone and computer! Back to business now though.

At the Knight house, pool construction continues. For those who don't already know, our old pool had to be removed because it was severely cracked. To add insult to injury, the leaking pool also caused the foundation of our house to move, which resulted in some broken tile and drywall damage in our master bathroom.

I've hated our bathroom since we bought the house and initially, we planned to redo it. As most homeowners can understand, the myriad of expenses that ensue after closing took some of the wind out of our sails and I decided to just paint the bathroom and put the remodel on the back burner until the money hemorrhaging subsided.

Well, the bloodletting has not stopped (in fact, it's at an all-time high thanks to the pool costs), but now the bathroom looks really run-down. So I'm getting bids and planning another major construction project at my own house. Just like with the pool, the expense puts me in a bad mood but the promise of an improved living environment makes me excited. It'll be nice to have our main living area reflect our aesthetic and lifestyle.

In order to maximize the space, we will be knocking down the wall between the rather small bathroom and the rather large walk-in closet. Further, the outdoor covered patio will be enclosed and that square footage will be added to the closet/bathroom space. Besides the additional space, enclosing the patio will allow us to add some much needed windows to the room as well. Here is a rough plan (click to enlarge)...


Since the closet and bathroom will be combined, we will be using wardrobe-style clothing storage. Basically, all clothes will be behind closed doors. From the master bedroom, the entry will have a similar layout to Carrie's closet in the first SATC movie (albeit hers is far more luxurious than ours will be)...
Images via Sex and the City: The Movie

These doors have mosaic mirror trim and they are bananas....
Image via Sex and the City: The Movie

Image via Sex and the City: The Movie

I already have a sink console from Restoration Hardware and aside from the faucets shown (not using those), this image gives an idea of what the vanity area will look like... 

Our house was built in 1948, so I plan to keep the style classic with modern touches. Herringbone Carrara tile will be used on the floors, white subway tile will cover the walls, and the fixtures and fittings will be polished nickel. Also, I finally broke down and bought the Waterworks Gotham towels that I've been coveting for years. 

Most of the fittings for the shower and bath will be from the Waterworks Studio Highgate collection. We haven't decided on the type of shower system yet. The shower floor will be Carrara penny round tile and I'm dying to get a huge soaking tub... 
Double Canopy ChandelierFormat Towel RackCast Iron Soaker Tub


We are also moving our front-loading washer + dryer pair to the new space. The laundry room is currently on the other side of the house and I hate lugging everything over there and back. So, the new closet will have a laundry area with hampers, machines, and a folding area so that our clothes and linens can be used, cleaned, and put away without much hassle. The machines will be enclosed with cabinetry and I'm still tinkering with the hamper situation and folding area. Here are some ideas, although I'll probably hold off on this component until everything else is finished...

Well, what do you think so far? I still have a few elements to figure out and I need to sort through bids and estimates, start hiring people, and ordering materials. I'm not excited about our bedroom/bathroom becoming a construction zone, but at some point it has to be done and I guess it might as well be now (or rather, when the pool deck is finished)!

I'm glad that the Waterworks Studio collection has made its debut in time for me to use it! Isn't it pretty? I'll keep you posted on what I end up buying. In the meantime, you can track my shopping and recon for the project on Pinterest!

21 comments:

  1. Your taste is so classy. You take elegance to the next level. Looking forward to watching the progress!

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  2. Oooh the floor tile and chancy are dream boat.

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  3. That sounds gorgeous. Love the sparkly and clean style.

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  4. love it all! In fact, I have those same sconces picked out for our new build, that ceiling light fixture, double slipper tub, (still deciding on the faucet though), and the marble tiles! Great idea about the frosted door. I won't mention it to the builder (I know where to get one cheaper than he does, I"ll wait until after we move in and replace it!)

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  5. WHOA - puts my bathroom project to absolute shame! LOVE EVERYTHING.

    Bethany
    http://powellbrower.blogspot.com/2012/01/project-update-paint-and-ceiling-donezo.html

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  6. OMG that is going to be insane! We have some similar taste though :-) Especially the chandy!

    http://lifebeginsatthirtyright.blogspot.com/2011/10/i-cant-wait-any-longer.html

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  7. talk about a dream bathroom- this is going to be absolute gorgeousity!! can't wait to see the finished product.

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  8. Amazing! Really impressed with the laundry details. Can't wait to see the results.

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  9. salliepeteferg@att.netJanuary 3, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Wonderful! I can't redo mine, but I would love to know the source of the hampers. That I could do! Thank you

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  10. Wow that is going to look gorgeous! I actually had the same sconces in a different picked out to flank the two mirrors in our master bath but after talking to the manufacturer they recommended against it with the natural paper shades and unlacquered brass. Oh and I hope you're planning for a flushmount light near the tub because a chandelier that close is against code...unless you have really high ceilings. Just something to consider. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

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  11. Cannot wait to see the after! This is going to be fabulous!

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  12. Stunning! Where will you get the tile and the light fixture (which is gorgeous).

    I didn't see the Sex and the City movie (and I HATE Mr. Big) but it's kind of sick that he proposed to her in a closet, even a gorgeous closet. Materialism at its best!

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  13. This is exciting news! I love the layout of the closet & bathroom. I can't wait to see the finished outcome. Keri's closet is definately beautiful inspiration, and I love the crisp clean look of the tiles you're considering.

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  14. OMG OMG! This is INSANE. Everything looks so great and I know the finished product is going to be amazeballs. I can't wait to see progress over the next few months! Totally wish this bathroom/dressing area could be mine. Lucky gal!

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  15. This is just gorgeous. You will enjoy your new bathroom so much....and it will reflect your blog header with the herringbone floors!
    Happy New Year.

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  16. Wow, stunning. There's so many items I'm smitten over, particularly that chandelier and that shower tile. So glad you got your towels. Enjoy them!!

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  17. Who makes the sconces? They are beautiful.

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  18. Awesome snaps...want to see finished bathroom.

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  19. Missing your blog, Kyle! I'm sure the remodel is keeping you busy -- love your style and miss the inspiration!

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  20. Its really amazing to see each every design you build..Look so quite and also more gorgeous..
    Bathroom remodel

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