Column: Master bath adds large shower and washer/dryer


EXISTING MASTER BATH:   Located in the Wood Park neighborhood on the west side of Carmel, the home’s original 1990’s master bathroom was dated and included a large soaking tub and small shower.  “The room was just not functional for us,” stated the homeowner.  “We had this huge tub we never used, and a washer and dryer located in the garage on the other side of the house.  We decided to get rid of what we didn’t use and replace it with what we actually needed.”

DESIGN IDEAS:   The homeowners looked to modern Scandinavian design for inspiration.  “We wanted the clean, modern lines of their design, but good quality materials and craftsmanship.  We picked the sinks first, and they led the color scheme.  Our designer helped us find the grey tile for the floor that tied into the sinks.”

WASHER & DRYER ADDED:   The large soaking tub was replaced with a washer and dryer to give the homeowners the functionality they needed.  The new shower footprint was also enlarged.

MASTER BATH DETAILS:   To capture the modern feel, a semi-floating vanity was installed with Corian “Rain Cloud” countertops.  Glass tile was placed inside the adjacent inset shelving.  The modern styling was captured in the fixtures and towel bars as well, which came in a brushed nickel to compliment the soft greys in the space.  A focal point in the shower was a must for the homeowner.  “We had seen the onyx look in a shower and knew we wanted something like it in ours.  True onyx was cost-prohibitive, but our designer found tile with the look of real onyx.”

FINAL RESULTS:   In the end, the functionality of the new space won the homeowner’s hearts.  “Our favorite part is having the washer and dryer nearby.  The rain showerhead is also a favorite.”  Incorporating aging-in-place design with grab bars, as well as luxurious elements like a heated towel rack and a fan with a timer completed the project for the homeowners.