Column: Master bath remodel: Eliminating large garden tub

EXISTING BATHROOM: The owners of this home in the Springmill Crossing subdivision in Carmel had lived with their master bathroom for 24 years. “We decided to remodel our dated master bathroom after we identified a mold issue behind the shower tiles. Knowing that the bathroom needed updated for resale, we decided to remodel the whole space so we can enjoy it until that day finally comes.”

ELIMINATING LARGE GARDEN TUB: Eliminating wasted space was a goal for the project. “The master bath had a really bad layout. The only purpose the large garden tub served was to collect dust. We never used it and it took up too much space. Also the enclosed toilet & shower room made the bathroom feel cramped.” The homeowners opted to remove the garden tub & reconfigure the bathroom layout to make it more functional.

SPACE PLANNING: The shower was relocated from the enclosed room to the previous garden tub area. The wall separating the toilet room and main bath was removed to open up the space to the rest of the bathroom. A new half wall was framed by the toilet for privacy and a linen closet was installed for added storage.

COORDINATING FINISHES: “After years of scouring through endless inspirational photos, we ended up with a Pottery Barn type vision for our dream bathroom. We had already purchased the vanity from Pottery Barn and sought the help from our designer to complete the final look. “New vanity light fixtures in a chrome finish were installed to coordinate with the salvaged mirrors, glass shelves and towel bars.”

FINAL RESULT: Removing the existing tub and decking left room for the expanded shower. Although the overall footprint was not expanded, the room felt much more spacious with the reconfiguration. “We love the openness of the bathroom the most. The natural light makes the space feel so much bigger and airy.”

Larry Greene

Larry Greene is the owner of Case Design/Remodeling. You may e-mail him at lgreene@caseindy.com. To see more before and after pictures of this project, visit Case Indy Blog.

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