VV Room of the Day: Nature-Inspired Master Bathroom Retreat
The couple decided to add on to the home to give the master bathroom room for their must-haves, which included a walk-in shower, large bath, two sinks and additional vanity space. To do this, they blew out the wall of their previous bathroom, from the vanity through the closet. The floorplan, shown here, shows the addition’s irregular shape, which was created to conform to property lines that don’t come together a right angle. Because of those restrictions, the biggest challenge of the project was finding a bathroom layout that embraced the unique shape of the new addition. Jae and Mike were impressed that Ellis was able to use the space to its fullest capacity while making it aesthetically pleasing and functional. Ellis’s 3-D design capabilities and imagination helped drive the design, Jae says.
AFTER: Ellis wanted to provide a space that felt luxurious and relaxing, while incorporating natural elements to echo the foliage framed by the room’s windows.With the walls of their previous bathroom removed and the added space, the couple has an open, spacious master bathroom.Ellis also gave each homeowner the bathing space they wanted: Mike got a shower (behind wall on left); Jae got a freestanding tub.
Now, when Jae enters the big, open space of her new master bath, she says it feels like she just stepped into a spa. The final design included vaulted ceilings to create a feeling of grandeur and allow natural light to fill the space. Paint: Carrington Beige, Benjamin Moore; trim: Satin Nickel, Schluter-JOLLY; vanities: custom, Escoffier Kitchen Designs; countertop: emperador dark marble, Da Vinci Marble; sink: MAYKKE; vanity lights: Canarm Mile 3-light vanity in chrome; heated floors: Nuheat
Ellis created what he calls a “mosaic river” of tone-on-tone hexagon tiles. It flows from the shower area, down the side of the room and under the soaking tub of Jae’s dreams. (Look closely at where the floor meets the wall here to see them.) The mosaic design ends at the vanity, creating a flow between all the room’s main fixtures. The floors, as well as the shower seat, are also heated.Encouraged by the beauty of the trees outside, Ellis included earthy fixtures and accessories to add texture throughout the space, including the stacked stone wall, the dark marble on the vanity and baskets to hold bath time essentials.Wall tiles: 24-by-24-inch Marfil-colored tiles, Luxury collection, Florim; floor tiles: 12-by-24-inch Marfil-colored tiles, Luxury collection, Florim; hexagon floor tiles: 3-inch Marfil-colored tiles, Luxury collection, Florim; stacked stone: mediterranean beige mosaic, Bedrosians; tub: Legion Furniture; tub faucet: Kalia...
Built-in niches mimic the shape of the picture window and add handy storage.Before the couple could experience their great escape, they decided to capitalize on the nice California weather and knocked out the entire Southwest side of their home. They basically camped out in their own house while the addition was built. The family lived that way for 3 to 4 weeks, finding it the most convenient solution while their daughters were in school.Architect: Daryl FazekasConstruction: Kahnafir ConstructionElectrical: Edges Electrical in San Jose, CaliforniaHave you given yourself a dream bathroom? We’d love to see what you did. Please add a photo in the Comments!MoreBathroom Workbook: How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost?Find bath remodelers near you
“After” photos by Agnieszka Jakubowicz unless otherwise notedBathroom at a GlanceWho uses it: Jae and Mike Cecilio, medical device consultants, are the main users, but they share their home with two teenage daughters and rescue pup, Libby, a miniature schnauzerLocation: South San Jose, CaliforniaSize: 170 square feet (15.7 square feet)Designer: Itohan Ellis of Red Orchid Designs BEFORE: The old, broken-up bathroom layout didn’t provide the space or functionality the couple wished for. The shower and toilet shared a narrow space, while the single-sink vanity stood alone across from the master bedroom closet.