Master Bath Update
A No Nonsense Approach

There comes a time when even the nicest bathroom needs an update.  This is one of the problems with choosing fashions instead of traditions.  Some of the things that can mark a bathroom in a particular time are the materials used.  In this case, white ceramic tile, brass framed glass, wallpaper and cultured marble counter-tops are a few of the signs of the time.

The homeowner had grown tired of the white surfaces and wanted to warm things up.  The designer worked very hard at selecting natural materials that give a sense of calm and warmth.  After material selections were made, the job of tearing out what was to be replaced began.  This where most people get the biggest surprise – they don’t expect to see what lies underneath.  Even the most spotless of tile showers will start to show signs of age after just five years.  The more grout lines there are, the more places for mold and mildew to take hold.  I most cases, people can attack the surface with sprays and elbow grease, but, once it gets behind the tile it is hard to stop.  This was the case here.  By no means was this bathroom dirty or neglected.  The tile was spotless.  It was only after the demo began that the signs of mold showed up.

Once identified, the damaged sheet-rock was replaced with mold resistant Hardi-Board which made a perfect foundation for the  new travertine tile.  The shower was quite large (5×7) so an additional hand shower was installed along with a grab bar to help steady the user.  A large soap box was built in the half wall to hold the shampoos and soaps while hiding them from view.  Wall paper and borders were removed and a light texture was added.  The tub was replaced with a new Jacuzzi brand jetted spa which included an in-line heaters and digital read-outs.

To stay within budget, the existing cabinets were given new life with a faux finish and marble counter tops.  A tile backsplash helps tie the tub and vanity together.