Dream Bathroom

5 10 2012

Hardly a day went by over the years that I didn’t dream about having a second bathroom.  Our existing single 5’x7′ bathroom was gutted and remodeled in 2006, but one bathroom just isn’t enough. When mother nature calls or your work schedules overlap, a second bathroom is an absolute necessity.

Now that  master bathrooms are a must-have, we used quality fixtures and materials in an effort to get more bang for our buck.  One thing I learned is that a smaller space does not automatically mean it costs less in proportion to the room size, because every bathroom minimally needs the same fixtures: lights, toilet, sinks, faucets, tub and/or shower.  Tile and paint for a larger space only adds incremental costs.  On the other hand a larger bathroom takes longer to clean, so that’s also something to consider.   

Our new master bathroom is long and narrow (6.5′ x 16′) with a  small 32″W whirlpool tub (Hydro Systems Sydney 6032 ) on one end and a shower (48″ W) on the other.  A double sink vanity is next to the tub and the toilet is between the vanity and the shower.  http://www.tubz.com/hydrosystems-sydney-whirlpool.htm

Overall I probably spent more time searching for, selecting and calculating the amount of tile to buy than anything else.  There are many more details, but for now enjoy the progress photos showing the original outdoor space through final finishes.  Chose durable porcelain tile for walls and floor with a glass mosaic border.  Here are links to the tile used.

Border Mini Brick:  http://www.stonepewteraccents.com/SPA_tozen.html

Shower Wall Porcelain Tile 24″ x 12″ : http://www.arizonatile.com/METALWOOD-SERIES-P783.aspx

Floor Tile 24″ x 24″ http://www.granitifiandre.com/porcelain-tile/technical-ceramic/new-ground/

The counter is Corian in Witch Hazel, which works perfectly because it has a matte finish like all the fixtures.


The vanity is Omega’s Dynasty line with Cherrywood in a chocolate brown finish, Kodiak.


One nice feature that you can’t see is the heated tile floor.  The NuHeat Floor Mats were less than $500 and the contractor didn’t charge us any more than what we had previously agreed for installing all the tile.


New building code required a bathroom fan with motion and humidity sensors, so it turns itself on and off without a switch.


The door has laminated frosted glass panels to allow light to illuminate the hallway.  It gives this narrow space a lighter feel.   Watch the entire progress from breaking ground to framing to final finish!

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