Creating Two Beautiful Bathrooms Out of One
A builder cleverly borrows space from adjoining rooms to fit an efficient and stylish master bath into a tight floor plan.
Synopsis: This article details the creation of two baths from one. By taking a little space from the bedroom and closet, and by eliminating a traditional bathtub in the master bathroom, the builder left room for a walk-in shower and a new soaking tub in the secondary bath. Existing utilities were relocated and built-in closets make up for lost storage. With the entries to the bathrooms converging in a tight space, the solution was to modify and join two individual pocket-door frames to create a bypass pocket door, which is featured in the article in a detailed illustration and before-and-after floor plans.
When my wife, Doris, and I decided to upgrade the master bedroom of our 28-year-old home, we turned to our most trusted source of building information for help—family. Dale Berns of Metro Homes, a builder and remodeler in the Minneapolis area for over 30 years, is Doris’s brother. We had dreamed about a master-suite addition for years and had developed several plans, which included everything from absorbing an adjoining bedroom to accommodate a large master bath to creating a completely new space built over the garage. In the end, Dale came up with a plan that didn’t require an addition or losing a bedroom but gave us exactly what we were looking for: a dedicated bath for the existing master bedroom.
A full bath was serving the entire house, and itself was in need of a remodel. Dale developed a plan that took a small amount of space from three areas—the existing bath, the master bedroom, and its adjoining walk-in closet—to create a new master bath.
Dale didn’t require the space of a typical master bath to provide a luxurious, spalike experience. His innovative plan showed that utilizing a single vanity and eliminating the…