By now, we’re ready for anything that feels like summer. The activity of hibernation all winter has forced us to watch — probably too many — home-improvement shows. And that has also probably inspired just about everyone to jump on the remodeling crazy train.
With four new bathroom remodel projects on our schedule — and all different clients with different visions of what they want their bathroom remodel to look like — the sourcing of many tile options is a good starting point. From two Lowell mill-loft bathroom remodels to the quiet town of North Andover and up the coast to Newburyport, designing for all has one common goal: Make a statement.
With many tile finishes and options, all bathroom styles will be spectacular and not typical.
Using the 6×9 size bathroom, for example, an average bathroom with a shower, toilet and sink, can be turned into a new bright and spa-like desired space off a master bathroom. With no need to change the footprint of the space, and making just a few adjustments, the homeowner will be receiving everything on his wish list.
Carefully pre-planning and providing three different layout options to this scenario allowed the client to choose the design wisely. Taking space from the abutting master closet wall was one of their options to provide a linen closet for the newly designed bathroom. The decision not to move forward with this option allowed for a 12-inch pantry-style linen closet with pull-out shelves to be installed next to the walk-in shower.
This solution reduced the shower size from 6 feet long to 5 feet. In addition, it eliminated the need to break through the wall and take space from the bedroom closet.
Moving the existing shower from the right corner of the bathroom to the window wall presented a solution to a window in the shower. The existing three-foot window will be replaced with a 48-inch-wide by 12-inch-high transom window installed close to the ceiling line.
This window solution will allow the homeowner to have privacy in the new shower location and still gain light and additional ventilation to the shower area.
Relocating the new walk-in shower to the window wall also creates a nice focal wall when entering the bathroom. A space-saving pocket door will also be added to replace the left swing door that now exists. This change will allow for additional towel bars to be installed on the full wall and not be blocked by the open door.
Color combinations include large white tiles for the floor and shower wall, with a 12x 24-inch stacked porcelain white tile and accent glass tiles in spa blue and green for that statement impact. Iridescent penny tiles in white, blue and green, very soft in color, will be installed on the shower floor.
The 6×9 bathroom has been given a new life with minor changes to the layout and updated tiles achieving the spa look and feel the client desires.
Source the Look:
n Spa-like bathroom: Use tiles in white, soft greens and blues and all colors of sea glass; iridescent is also an interesting feature.
n Mill-loft bathroom: Earthy tiles with texture, and neutral colors of grays, slates, olives and tans will all work with original mill-beam features and the industrial feel of the space.
n Coastal bathroom: Black framed doors with frosted glass seem to be setting the trend for Carrara marble bathrooms with accents of black wood-look porcelain. This can be used as an accent area-rug look on a bathroom floor surrounded by Carrara.