When a Dublin couple was finally ready to transfer their master bath into a contemporary spa-like space, they knew just where to go to get the process started. After undertaking five previous remodeling projects in a seven-year span, they wanted to continue their home renovation journey with the team that got them this far. Enter, or actually re-enter, the team at Dave Fox Design-Build Remodelers.
“These long-time clients had prioritized other projects throughout the rest of their home for years and were finally ready to invest in a modern oasis that was all their own,” says designer Michelle Mixter.
When the design phase began, the words “modern” and “clean” were introduced often into the conversation. As to specifics, the couple wanted to maximize storage space, eliminate an unsafe, bulky tub deck, and install a generously-sized shower and tub to accommodate an especially tall homeowner.
To give the couple room to maneuver, Mixter dedicated literally half of the room’s square footage to a wet room area. The original design had a lot of wasted space and featured an awkward shared shower and toilet room. Moving the shower into the main part of the bathroom gained enough space for a new linen closet. The tub was replaced with a custom 74-inch bathtub and the shower space was designed without walls on two of its sides for plenty of elbow room.
“The vanity wall was designed as a focal point,” Mixter says. “It needed to be dramatic to balance the oversized tub and shower area.”
The designer found a light fixture she and the homeowners liked, but as a single pendant, it didn’t have enough of a presence. Once she discovered that the pendants could be clustered, she placed them in groups of five and says “it made all of the difference in the world.”
While the bulk of the space is covered in a large format porcelain tile, a glossy glass subway tile was chosen as a backdrop for the vanity to create contrast and drama. The backlighting of the mirror, the motion-activated toe kick lights, and those eye-catching light fixtures add layers of glow in this crisp, contemporary space.
Editor’s note: This project won a 2020 local and regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. (NARI).
Contractor: Dave Fox Design-Build Remodelers
Interior design: Michelle Mixter, CMKBD, Dave Fox Design-Build Remodelers
Floor and wall tile: Crossville Empire Series from Hamilton Parker
Glass tile: Island Stone from Hamilton Parker
Tub: Duravit in matte finish
Vanities: Omega frameless
Light fixtures: Lavinia by Kichler
Mirror: Custom by Dave Fox Design-Build Remodelers