The client for this project desired a minimalist styled, yet natural bathroom. The original bathroom was an over-sized steam room with dark curtains and a layout lacking in uniformity. Now it is light and airy, with functional elements seamlessly integrated into the architectural plan. The thoughtful details of this design fulfill the client’s wishes that the room does not resemble a traditional bathroom. The completed room is uniquely beautiful and nature-inspired.
A few of the objectives for the new design was to enhance the architectural elements and use warm and natural products, and increase energy efficiency with HVAC.
before & after photo
An tried and true old-school method of subfloor to achieve this curbless (aka zero entry) shower. The expert tile installers used a mud tile bed throughout the entire room resulting in a room with minimal need for a threshold at the bedroom door. The back wall of the shower is 5′ wide with a custom 2 outlet linear drain by Luxe Linear Drains to assure the water volume of two showers will properly drain.
Curbless showers are growing in popularity, not only because it eliminates the curb that is a tripping hazard AND a cleaning nightmare, but also because it allows the same large format tile to be continued into the shower area! No need for small mosaics to conform to a multi-slope center drain.
Efficiency and Light
The as built plan was a 20’ vaulted ceiling. To increase energy efficiency and improve lighting conditions the ceiling was dropped to 10’ high. This matched the room’s entrance from the master bedroom and delivers an overall better balance of space. Lowering the ceiling allowed efficient lighting with halogen recessed can lights on a dimmer.
A Pella window was added on the vanity wall, which faces east towards green space on their property. The window features integrated blinds.
Pendants with unique styling aid in the nontraditional feel of the bathroom; most ideal for shaving and applying makeup
Custom Privacy Shutter
The privacy of these custom shutters were a drastic improvement over the original heavy drapes that were used. The center panels have a 1/4” thick Lumicor ® acrylic panels. Frost and UV coating provide the ideal level of privacy and protection. The shutters have appeal for bringing a natural element to the room and a unique, practical and suitable to view from the front of the home.
Natural Stone Shower Area
Curved wall looks architectural and resembles typical exterior pattern of brick. Honed and filled travertine was used for ease of cleaning. The 5’x7′ curbless shower offers the perfect spacing for two fully independent shower systems which include body sprays, shower heads, a rain head and a hand shower! The back wall holds a niche and the 2’x’2 marble tile creates a simple, functional backdrop — letting the curved wall and other features demand the focal point.
Leonardo 12”x24” travertine tile was used for its diverse natural tone colors; installed parallel with the shortest wall to minimize the length of the entire room. Note again how seamless the tile continues because of the curbless shower entry. The mud bed under the tile gives the perfect slope to allow the large format tile to slope towards the linear drain.
Continuing lines and storage
Continuing the soft curves, a tall elliptical mirror was placed near the entrance from the bedroom. Originally this entrance was narrow with a separate water closet. A linen was added to give ample storage for toiletries and linens.