My wife and I are creating a master suite in our 1932 colonial 3 story house. I have torn the entire space down to the studs and semi-vaulted the ceiling using 2X8’s and gusset plates. This plan was drawn up by a structural engineer and everything is structurally very sound.
The challenge now is that we are trying to create an effective us of the space and it is very challenging as there the ceiling is vaulted and we want to get the maximum use out of every square inch. 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, our house is tradition to the era, the floors are oak, the second floor bathroom subway tile and a large cast iron tub. There is crown molding throughout the house and several built ins to hide the radiators. As we think of a color scheme we like greys, but also have blues and even a sun room that is a sea shell green. Traditional décor with hints or worldly travels. Furnishings are relatively traditional with unique accents from around the world. We would like the master suite to have this same sort of personality.
My wife and I have many goals for this space:
Starting with the bathroom and master closet
1) Our first priority is the layout of the bathroom and closet. We are really struggling with how to lay this out to maximize the space
2) We would be fine with a 4 ft vanity single sink and a shower that is around 4X4 or 3X4 to maximize space
3) We would love to get a washed dryer in the space (stackable or not)
4) We would like to take advantage of lighting I have framed in a skylight on the west walls of both the bathroom and bedroom
5) A layout that allow for the most useable closet space is essential. Would prefer a walk-in closet but would be open to creative layouts allowing an effective use of space
1. For the bedroom we would like a queen bed with a headboard with cloth likely grey
2. We thought about putting a fireplace under the vaulted portion of the west wall and the tv above
3. Using the East wall and the vault for a wall of storage closet and drawers
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.
Master Bath and closet:
• Dimensions: (17’ X 10’) to work with
• However look at the attached drawing as there was a dormer built out that stops 3 ft from the north wall so this is carved out of the (17’ X 10’) measurement. The rafters start 2 ft from the west wall and the height = distance from originatation
• Also the (17’ X 10’) this does not take into account an additional 5ft of length to the East wall as the ceiling is vaulted and the height is equal to the distance to the wall for example at 5 ft to the wall the height is 5 ft from the floor to the ceiling or 45 degree vault. This would be a good space for some built ins
• This is very difficult to explain so hopefully the drawing and the pictures help
• Bathroom Layout: I want a tiled shower; I am willing to concede on a bath tub but if there is room for a free standing tub I would love a 5 ft claw foot tub
• I am fine with a 4 ft vanity with one sink although a 6 ft would be nice, I would choose a washer dryer,tub, and closet space first
• I don’t want to move the toilet too much from where it is on this drawing, I can rotate it or move it 4 ft N but that is about it
• I plan to have to add another vent stack somewhere for plumbing so the vanity and shower can move
• Radiators: I currently have 5 radiators but got the room spray foamed so will likely only need 2-3. I have a 2 spots that I have marked on the drawing please suggest one more
• Windows: I replaced all the windows except one in the bathroom as I am waiting for lay out. I also added two skylights one in the center West wall of the bedroom and 4 ft in from the south wall in the bathroom drawing.
• Bathroom decor: We like the look of tile and granite tops in the bathroom. We also want a tile scheme that is going to be timeless with our 1932 house, so hexagon or subway tiles, and maybe some glass tiles. It doesn’t have to be black and white, but we want timeless that feels warm
Bathtub: I don’t think we will have room for a 5 ft clawfoot tub but if there is we would love to have under the skylight for soaking.
Water: I will run new PEX lines so I am not concerned about moving things too much.
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 a max of 8.5 feet tall and I explained the vault above. I have included the structural drawings as well. As I mentioned on the East wall the ceiling slopes downward at about 45 degrees; that makes it difficult to work with
Master closet: We want a master closet, but will not be judging the details of the layout within the closet or bedroom for purposes of this contest. Rather we are 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 drawn. Although I would not like to move the plumbing to the south side of the house
Doors: I don’t like double doors with venetian grills. If I think of taking advantage of the slope of the wall. I would like the entire east wall used for storage and cabinets starting out at around 5-6 ft from where the floor joist meets the rafters on the east wall.
Lighting: I would like to brighten up the master suite. Any suggestions on appropriate lighting for each room would be appreciated. We love sconces around the vanity. I put two helo cans in the closet and four in the master bedroom prior to foaming.
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)