It’s becoming relatively common, while remodeling master bathrooms, to replace tubs with large oversized showers. But there is still a serious holdout among those of us who simply want to soak the stress of the day away in a vessel full of warm water. It doesn’t hurt the ambience when these tubs are placed in settings with marble, porcelain tile, or granite as an elegant back drop.
BRIGHT IDEA: Use exotic stone to create drama
A captivating slab of Calacatta Macchia Vecchia marble serves as the focal point in this St. Petersburg, Florida master bathroom. The stunning stone, featuring rich gold and taupe veining, wowed the homeowners at first glance. A false skylight with a wooden screen was fabricated to go over the tub to bring additional light into the room. Now, despite being an interior space in the downtown condo, the master bath complements the bright and modern design seen in the rest of the home.
RESOURCES Bathroom designer Urban Innovations, Inc.; Contractor Strobel Design Build; Cabinetry Bright Wood Works; Marble Custom Marble Works; Area rug Addison/Dicus & Bailey; Tile installation Artisan Tile & Stone; Plumbing fixtures Ferguson
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BRIGHT IDEA: Sometimes you’ve got to splurge
When making over their dated 90s master bath that included lots of brass and an angled shower and water closet, a Powell, Ohio couple knew they also wanted to brighten the space. So they selected white cabinetry and a marble countertop. After crunching the numbers they discovered they could cover the floor, entire shower and half of the walls with marble, instead of porcelain tile, for a nominal additional expense. So they decided to splurge a little and get what they really wanted.
RESOURCES Designer/contractor/cabinetry Kitchen Kraft; Fixtures, faucets and lighting Ferguson; Countertops Honed Carrara marble, Perrotta’s Marble Shop; Tile Honed Bianco Venatino Marble, and zero-entry shower floor: Hamilton Parker Company; Frameless shower door Buckeye Custom Glass
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BRIGHT IDEA: Embrace the light
The master bathroom in this Dayton, Ohio home relies on the great outdoors for a splash of color and natural lighting. The warm, modern feel of the space is thanks to a blend of natural and man-made materials. White quartz is featured on the tub surround, while the floating vanities are covered in walnut veneer, which complements the natural stone of the shower.
RESOURCES Architect Springhouse Architects; Cabinetry supplier Kimball Derrick, CKD; Interior designer RM Interiors; Plumbing fixtures Centerville Winsupply
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BRIGHT IDEA: To each his (or her) own
A first-floor retreat with his-and-her baths was a priority for a couple renovating a home built in 1982 in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Indian Hill. In her bath, a spacious walk-in shower was designed with an eye on today and tomorrow, with a wheelchair-accessible entry and a cast iron soaking tub wrapped in stainless steel. A drainage system runs along the glass wall of the “wet room” area, which contains the tub and shower areas. And water-friendly polyvinyl plantation-style shutters afford privacy.
RESOURCES Contractor The Howland Group, LLC; Interior designer Adorn Interior Design; Bathroom designer Hyde Park Lumber Co.; Cabinetry DuraSupreme; Countertop Imperial Dandy; Tub Dorset Bateau Cast Iron/Stainless, Signature Hardware
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BRIGHT IDEA: Dress the windows
Beige window treatments add luxurious texture to this master bathroom in Tampa. Representative of an elegant spa, the drapery perfectly frames the window behind the freestanding tub, which is tucked beneath a Haywood chandelier from Currey & Company. The beautiful gray and white veining of the Carrara marble seen on the floor and vanity countertops complements the design and allows your eyes to travel right to the heart of the space.
RESOURCES Architect Aude-Smith Architecture, Inc., AIA; Builder Sterling Ridge Properties; Painting Painters Pro of Florida; Chandelier Currey & Company Haywood; Cabinetry Fine Wood Design
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Article originally appeared in Housetrends Tampa Bay – November/December 2019