Walk In Shower Remodel – NARI WRA Award Winner
Walk In Shower Remodel
Our clients wanted to optimize the space of their bathroom and incorporate a walk in shower remodel. Our design team reconfigured the location of the tub unit to achieve our clients’ needs while maintaining the flow and functionality of their bathroom.
The new floor plan enhanced the rooms’ functionality by removing the existing tub and replacing it with a large walk in shower with built-in corner shelves, a niche and corner seat; including a standard hand held shower head and a lower hand held shower head. The wall that divided the existing east and west running tub unit from the remainder of the bathroom was relocated to accommodate the reconfigured location of the north and south running walk in shower. This added floor space to the main portion of the bathroom while leaving adequate space for the walk in shower. We installed a vented glass block window which allows abundant natural light through the newly installed semi-frameless clear shower door significantly adding light to this once darkened room.
We were able to enhance the look of the existing space with a number of beautiful features. The 12" x 24" porcelain tile that was selected for the walk in shower remodel also continued throughout the floors and walls of the main area. The bathroom remodel includes a rich knockdown texture on all of the walls and ceiling to update the room which compliments the "subway" patterned flooring. The decorative plumbing fixtures, and towel bars are great accent pieces to the ornate matching vanity and mirror.
The attention to detail can be seen in the mirror and vanity that both display fluted stiles, engraved cornices, and custom stain and lacquer finish. The glass shelf above the toilet, towel bars, vanity light, shower trims, and faucet are matching bevel plated chrome. Glass subway insert tiles were added to the walk in shower. The glass tile-work ties in well with the swinging glass shower door. Custom rounded granite with matching backsplash was used to finish off the look of the antique vanity.
Special features of the walk in shower remodel include a built-in corner seat and hand held shower device. The hand held shower device was plumbed with a transfer valve to allow the owner to sit and relax with the device or use the standard shower head. We also installed a custom-built entry door and stained it to match the original wood work of the 1900’s style home.
The end result was stunning, yet this project posed some of its own unique challenges. We had the challenge of opening up the space for function and appeal while not changing the overall square footage of the existing cramped bathroom. We built a longer dividing wall to accommodate our shower fixtures while still having enough space for corner shelves, niche, and built-in corner seat. We intentionally centered the custom glass shower door in front of the newly installed glass block window in order to better illuminate the bathroom and give the feel of a larger space.
We were able to satisfy and exceed our customers’ expectations with the outstanding results of this new spa-like bathroom while remaining within their budget. By giving the customer different options in regards to their product selections and setting predetermined allowances for all products and materials. There was a set amount allowed for spending from tile bull nose to plumbing trim kits to remain within budget.