We are looking to remodel our master bathroom so that it incorporates aging in place, upgrades the shower fixtures/surround, updates the tile, and raises the shower floor to the same height as the bathroom floor to accommodate older or handicapped persons. This home is over 6000sf and in the $1M+ value category for our area. We tend toward Transitional/Modern design elements - clean lines, modern elements, efficient appliances, etc.
The current space is functional but all shower fixtures are of subpar quality and rusting out. Tile is too personal (floral accent tile) to the previous owner's taste. Floor grout is beginning to crack. We are not opposed to using wood or bamboo flooring, but given the request to change the shower entry it may not be ideal. Tile made to mimic the look of wood planks is an option.
We would like to keep this reno simple in terms of changes to plumbing, to keep down labor costs so that we can afford better materials, but we are not opposed to movement of plumbing elements. The bathroom is on the southwest corner of the home, at the front side of the house. Ceilings are 10' with attic space above and the room sits over a crawl space.
Things to keep in mind:
-We would like to keep the tub or replace with something more contemporary but not more than $5K in price.
- We are not opposed to moving plumbing around as this is over a crawl space and easy to access the plumbing, but we would prefer to save plumbing costs where possible.
-Feng Shui elements are encouraged with respect to the design layout but we are not looking for an Asian theme. This bathroom is in the knowledge corner (along with the MBR closet). The fewer right angles/corners the better. If the tub stays in its current location, we have discussed creating a more rounded surround shape and facing it with 1/2-1" tiles.
-Things we have found with respect to tile that we like are the "wood plank" tiles, larger rectangle shaped tile (12x6 or larger). We would like to keep the tile at a reasonable cost level - we do not have to use high-end tile material but are not looking for builder basic either.
-Replace the urinal with a more contemporary unit that does not require standing water in the unit (I prefer something more sculptural that doesn't mimic a McDonald's bathroom fixture).
-Green elements are very encouraged, including saving and reusing existing tub/vanity/toilet fixtures. We would like to try and keep the existing vanity/sink unit to save money - this piece is solid maple with a custom granite top, but we are not opposed to painting or refacing the cabinetry as I am not a fan of whitewashed/limed maple. Measurements in attachments.
- Footprint must stay the same. No walls can be moved/expanded due to impact on surrounding rooms and to keep down costs. Linen closet must also remain or stay in the room design. Windows should remain intact unless incorporating some sort of exterior door into the room (phase 2 option to add private garden area outside of front wall).
- Shower needs better "age in place" design - floor should have no step up or down so that a walker or possibly a wheelchair could enter the shower with ease, possible 1/2 wall with bench in the shower (does not have to be fixed bench) and shelves built into the wall to hold toiletries. Grab bar, fixed and hand shower pieces are all must haves.
- No steam shower and preferably no door on the shower. Walk-in/no-lip design is a must.
- Current shower has 6 body spray fixtures that leak and have no water pressure if turned on while running the shower - 3 per each solid wall. Prefer body sprays integrated into the wall that pivot slightly or something more flush with the tiled walls.
- Avoid current color scheme. Prefer warmer elements in this room. NOT interested in an "all white" bathroom or floral accents of any sort. Definitely not wanting a white floor.
- Looking for a more natural look in terms of colors of tile.
- More privacy/separation for the toilet/urinal would be great. No bidets. While not preferred for cost reasons, changing location of bath fixtures is not forbidden.
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