I would like to totally redesign my master bathroom and potentially also modify how it connects to the master bedroom and closet. I anticipate significantly changing the layout of the bathroom and am open to the idea of expanding its size if the end result is a master suite that is well laid out.
I will be hiring a contractor to complete this project and will be gutting the bathroom and replacing everything in it. I anticipate that plumbing will be rerouted. This is a significant project for me and I want to love the end result so I would like ideas on any upgrades that I might consider doing if my budget ultimately allows for it.
Other than for the master suite, my house has traditional décor with hints or worldly travels. Colors tend to be neutral earth tones (beige, dark brown, some deep reds/burgundies, some grey, etc.), furnishings are relatively tradition with unique accents from around the world. I would like the master suite to have this same sort of personality.
I look forward to getting a bathroom layout that makes me want to get up in the morning and get ready for the day. I want it to be warm enough to get me up early out of my cozy bed, and quiet enough (i.e., insolated noise from master bedroom) that it doesn’t automatically wake anyone else while I get ready.
I want a workable floor plan for the master bath that can be passed along to a contractor, and design ideas that I can incorporate into the plan if my budget allows. The design will be given to a contractor to implement but I like the idea of being able to work with the winning architect to make modifications.
Suite Layout: The master bath (16’3” X 8’11”) is connected to the master bedroom (21’ x 11”10”). A large closet (12’2” x 11”3) is also connected to the bedroom (but not directly to the bathroom). The attached Excel file illustrates the dimensions/layout in more detail where each cell represents 3”. My primary goal is to redesign the bathroom based on the objectives below, but also consider modifications to how the bath/closet/bedroom are integrated. The existing layout of the suite was based on the prior owner’s preferences and differs from my style.
Bathroom Layout: I want the shower and tub to be separate; I don’t like the current bathtub at all and don’t like that it is in the center of the bathroom. I want a bigger shower. I do want some countertops for the sinks, but it doesn’t need to take up as much room as it currently does. I want two sinks that accommodate a man and a women; they don’t necessarily need to be connected by the same countertop. As noted elsewhere, I want to be drawn to a shower that is warm to get into and out of in the winter. I don’t want going into/out of the closet to get clothing to wake my partner. That might mean working with the wall separating the bathroom and bedroom or reconfiguring the closet/bath entrance somehow. I believe the wall separating the bath and master bedroom is a load bearing wall but I’ve seen lvl/steel beams do wonders.
Shower: I would like a large shower with a built-in bench for shaving. I like the look or stone or sturdy tile. I like dark/earthy color tones but don’t want it to be dim. I don’t want to get cold right after I finish taking a shower so I would like it if there was some way for me to stay warm while I get dressed. I’m looking for ideas; this might mean it is connected to an enclosed dressing area, adding a nice radiator, or there is a heat lamp overhead while I dry off. I like some privacy in the shower and don’t like clear glass showers but would consider opaque or texture glass for some portion of the show if it is needed to keep an open feel to the bathroom.
Bathroom temperature, soundproofing, and ventilation: I want a bathroom that isn’t too cold when I take a shower or get dressed. The bathroom currently has just one HVAC vent that is regulated with the rest of the upstairs so it’s cold in the winter mornings. I would like a bathroom that is insulated enough that it won’t disturb someone sleeping in the master bedroom. In particular I don’t want sounds from the toilet area to echo in the bathroom, and into the bedroom. Similarly, there should be some ventilation so that bathroom smells don’t make it into the bedroom. My brother suggested one fix for the sound issue might be having a closets or dressing areas separating the bathroom and bedroom; I’ll leave it to you to provide your ideas. Please plan the acoustics, ventilation, and temperature around this and indicate how you have addressed this on the plan that is submitted.
Windows: I want to replace the window in the bathroom with a newer one (about 50”W x 54”H). The house is brick so I assume I should stick to the current size. The window has a nice view of private woods. Is a bay window or something a bit more interesting an option?
Bathroom decor: I like the look of stone in the bathroom. I also like deep/darker earthy tones that conceal dirt and grime. I’ve traveled the world and my house’s décor reflects that so a worldly feel in the bathroom would be nice. Modern hints of Asian and African influence are nice.
Bathtub: I don’t like the shallow tub in the middle of the bathroom currently. I’m not a big fan of clawfoot tubs, but freestanding or a tub near a wall/alcove would be fine. This bath would be used for soaking/relaxing at times.
Water: Currently it takes too long for warm water to make it up to the master bath and so I would like to explore ways of getting hot water to the bathroom more quickly. Please consider how this is incorporated into your design. I would guess it’s some sort of water heater in the area behind the bathroom (above the garage).
Bathroom clutter: I would like to have a storage area to conceal toiletries, cosmetics, jewelry, and cleaning products. For purposes of jewelry, please include a place to hang (and conceal) a number of long necklaces such on hooks on the inside on a cabinet near the sink. There should be a place to hang towels. Also, there should be an area for putting on make-up, using hair dryer, etc. Ideally the master closet and bathroom can be joined somehow so that I can just throw my dirty clothes in a hamper in the closet, but if they aren’t joined, then I would want an area to throw dirty clothes in the bathroom. I want a bathroom that is relatively low maintenance to keep looking clean and tidy.
Walls and Ceilings: Ceilings are all 8 feet tall in the bath, bedroom and closet. The wall between the bath and bedroom appears to be a load bearing wall but I’ve seen lvl/steel beams do wonders. The ceiling in the storage area makes it difficult to build into that area as it slopes downward at about 45 degrees; that makes it difficult to work much with the wall between the bath and storage area.
Master closet: I want to maintain a sizable master closet, but will not be judging the details of the layout within the closet or bedroom for purposes of this contest. Rather I am focused on having a master suite layout that makes sense and this might mean connecting the closet, bath, and bedroom differently from how they are currently connected.
Doors: I don’t like double doors with venetian grills. Prefer something updated and that doesn’t let sound go through it. Please suggest a different type of entrance in each area where there are currently venetian double doors.
Lighting: I would like to brighten up the master suite. Any suggestions on appropriate lighting for each room would be appreciated. Ceilings are 8 feet tall and currently I only have lamps in the bedroom and one overhead light with spotlights in the closet; it isn’t enough.
The design should be based on the considerations noted above and the deliverables below. Some consideration will also be given to individuals that provide additional ideas/concepts as to possible upgrades and interior design.
- PLAN DRAWING: Scale 1/4"-1' (or 1/50)
- SECTION-ELEVATION VIEW(S): Scale 1/4"-1' (or 1/50)
- PERSPECTIVE/AXONOMETRIC VIEWS (where relevant)
The attached file illustrates the dimensions/layout in more detail where each cell represents 3”.