Master Bathroom Do-Over?

Looking back on our two-storey addition to our house I can honestly say that I am very happy with all the decisions that we made – from design, to functionality, to construction materials and finishings – it came together more or less as planned. BUT …

I wish we had done things differently in our master bathroom. There I said it … can I call a master bath do-over? It’s not that it’s ugly. It’s not that the layout is poor. It’s just well, plain, perhaps too pinky beige and maybe a bit blah.

If I was to do it over again here are a couple of photos that would inspire me:

This has a calm serene feel (love the wet room idea and the tiles!) …

Or this (it would be like showering outdoors) …

Before I show you pictures of what it actually looks like (which really isn’t all that bad!) let me share with you what I’d do differently next time. Call it the benefit of hindsight …

1. Radiant Heating on floors (mmm … toasty toes in winter – also helpful for stomach flu incidents but I digress)

2. A deeper, more contemporary looking bathtub like this:

3. Add more architectural detail to the walls like this:

4. Tiles with a little less (read: none) pinky beige in them like these …

Floor in client's shower area

Tile sample via Tile Shoppe

I figure in the scale of a renovation that lasted six months where we added a main floor family room, mudroom, powder room, redid the kitchen, new flooring throughout the main floor, added a master bedroom and bathroom, converted a bedroom into a 2nd floor laundry room, updated the kids bathroom and painted the entire house getting one thing sort of okay (the master bath) is not too bad). I’ve am currently working on my third bathroom renovation for clients since starting my business so I have a keener sense of what’s out there in bathrooms!

Here’s a peek at our master bathroom …

The house's original bathtub (c. 1915) that I freshened up with a coat of paint. Set under the window it's like bathing outdoors.

Toilet with towel rack above - it faces the tub which means you can look outside while, um, sitting

Vanity & shower area

Have you renovated or redecorated your home? Is there anything that you’d “call a do-over” given the chance?

Images via here, here, here, here, here and moi.


About Sarah

Sarah is constantly ReDesigning things. From ReDesigning spaces for others or ReDesigning herself from corporate operations whiz into interior decorator and blogger – it’s all about ReDesign.

Posted on June 8, 2011, in Blog Posts and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Well Sara,
    As a matter of fact yes! We built our home almost 3 years ago, love it, love it, love it…HOWEVER, should have considered sticky fingers, children that FORGET to take their shoes off, sun shining through the windows…when choosing both the hardwood floors and the kitchen cupboards. I love them and it has a very rich, warm effect…for about an hour AFTER the kids go to bed and I clean up!! I find everything shows on the dark wood, especially the dust that the morning sun highlights every morning! The problem is I am not sure what I would do differently, especially with the floor…

  2. oh ya I have tonnes of do-overs! nice blog & thanks for dropping by mine.

  3. You did an amazing job on your bathroom. wow! … and i’m shy to admit that I just put two and two together as to who “redesigning sarah” was ?!
    we also did a huge master bath reno (or creation) a couple of years back and I”m really pleased with how it turned out given our space limitations. If I had to do somethign over… I probably would have done a different/stylish light instead of the plain pot light. Although I love our white subway tile in the glass shower – the yellowing that results, not so much! c’est la vie.
    Liked your post!

    • Don’t be shy – am glad you figured it out!! I want to pick your experienced blogger brain at some point! Glad you liked the bathroom … sounds like yours is great! Chat soon,

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