Master Bath Plus Guest Bath Equals One Big Bath With Tub, Shower, and Oversize Vanity
Traditional Touch: Combining two barely functional bathrooms gives a young family a bigger bath with classic charm.
When physicians Rebecca and David called me in to look at the master bath in their 19th-century LaGrange, Illinois, home, I could immediately see the problem: bland beige tile, a cramped layout, and bad lighting. The 7-ft. by 8-ft. space had a small neo-angle shower without a tub. Rebecca and David were hoping to add a soaking tub and an oversize vanity, but this was no small feat given the tight space we had to work with. And that wasn’t the end of the challenges. To maintain the correct proportions on the exterior, we couldn’t move the windows, and the existing radiator had to stay where it was due to the budget. If that weren’t enough, there was a new baby on the way, so all construction had to be completed by the due date.
Making room for a bigger bath
Rebecca and David’s upstairs floor plan was typical of older homes in the Chicago area, with quaint but small rooms. In a house like this, I often find that it’s helpful to combine the small, individual rooms into larger spaces. My plan included turning the second bedroom into the master bedroom, so we could eliminate a door opening and carve some space from the existing small sitting room to create a master-bedroom closet. I also planned to combine the former master bathroom and the guest half-bath into one larger bathroom that would include a tub, walk-in shower, and oversize vanity.
At first, Rebecca and David were hesitant to move their bedroom, but they were convinced once they reviewed the new floor plan that included everything on their wish list. We put the shower in what was originally a closet within the old master bathroom, and continued the Porcelanosa tile into the shower space without…