Like many homeowners, a northwest Columbus couple let other projects bump their wish for an open, airy master suite way down to the bottom of their list. But 24 years after they purchased their home, and their three children were grown, they were finally ready to build the retreat of their dreams.
To help realize their goal they called upon the talents of the remodeling and design team at The Cleary Company.
“The homeowners were clear as to what they wanted,” says interior designer Laura Watson. “She wanted a bathtub—the original space did not have one, and he wanted a shower that was bright and open and almost felt like you were showering outdoors. Plus, the existing bath was extremely dark and dated. The windows were tiny.”
When you step into their completely updated space it’s evident the years of planning paid off. A major goal of the renovation was to take advantage of the lush outdoor scenery of their property and introduce it into the room as a calm, inviting element. This is achieved with a small bump-out addition that allowed for a bit more space to maneuver. Floor-to-ceiling windows were added on the northern-facing wall in the bedroom and bath areas— even in the shower.
A deep air jet tub allows for soaks in front of a picture window and an oversized shower has all the bells and whistles for lighting, music and temperature control. Its zero entry, along with wide doorways and a floating vanity, ensure the bathroom will be accessible as the couple ages in place.
To allow for the enjoyment of the wide-open views with a feeling of privacy, The Cleary Company team erected a nine-foot high stucco wall around a 19 by 32-foot section of the yard and created an intimate courtyard. A deck built of Zuri, a low-maintenance composite material, works as a transition space between the bedroom and the courtyard. Two short steps lead the couple into their pea-gravel courtyard which is shaded by a large multi-stemmed maple tree.
Strategically placed landscape lighting and assorted water features add the necessary sights and sounds to make this an inviting escape day or night.
Showing her appreciation, the homeowner recently sent the contractor this note. “I love my bathroom! Best way ever to end a day in the tub watching the snowfall. So grateful!”
Editor’s note: This project won a 2019 national Contractor of the Year (CotY) award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. (NARI).
Contractor: The Cleary Company
Interior designer: Laura Watson, ASID
Tub: BainUltra Evanescence from Carr Supply
Wall tile: 8” by 48″ Mirage Noon Burnet from Hamilton Parker
Floor tile: 48” square Keope Moov in Moka from Hamilton Parker
Vanity: Custom by Bauman Woodworks
Granite slab: Granite Direct