The Perfect Master Bath for Precious.

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The Contemporary Master Bath Remodel

This master bathroom went from traditional to contemporary with new stained black, rift oak vanities,
Grohe fixtures, custom brushed alum. mirror frames, heated 16×16 gray and charcoal tile, a soaking tub,
new lighting, and disappearing medicine cabinets.

The soaking tub in front of the windows helped to fill in this massive bathroom.

This space originally had a 3×4 shower and a small drywall closet on the left.
We relocated the shower to the other side and added this make up desk cabinet with linen storage.
The drawer on the right has an outlet for the hair dryer inside.

The flat screen TV swivels to view from the soaking tub or through the mirror at the vanity.


I made the cases out of prefinished clear maple plywood and wrapped them in rift oak panels.

The drawer fronts are solid rift oak mounted on dovetailed 3/4” maple drawers with Blum hidden drawer slides.

The top is removable for (inevitable) repairs.

Since the cabinet is hanging on the wall, the back is 3/4” thick and strengthened to withstand a 16 yr. old hopping up on it.

The finish is a black dye stain which turns black red in the light. Three coats of water base finish.

It looks awesome, but shows any water splash so you have to wipe it down every time. The client was aware and fine with that from the beginning. No kids and she’s very tidy.

The huge whirlpool and deck were removed and a 7×8 two person shower “room” was created with Grohe body sprays, a rain shower head, two arm hinged adj. shower heads, two handheld wands, three diverters, and two 12×18 soap niches laid out so it sinks into the tile pattern.

We installed round opaque, 1/4” glass panels on 2” chrome cylindrical spacers in front of the existing round windows, one above the tub and one above toilet.

The existing three panel entry doors were replaced with two – 3/8” opaque glass doors mounted on a new rift oak door jam and trim to match cabinets. We used two way, self closing shower door hinges.


There are two custom disappearing maple medicine cabinets on either side.

The toilet rm. pocket door was replaced with a very opaque glass fullview door.


My spidey senses were going off and telling me to pass on this job.

At the first meeting, the husband was quite overbearing to his wife which is a huge red flag to me, but she was very charming and maybe, in my mind anyway, in need of a knight in shining armor.

She was also a reference that I’d met before and so, I took a chance.

Bottom line – she nicely charmed me into making huge changes (12 Change Orders) and fixing every tiny flaw beyond reason …and I’m very fussy.

The drywall was skim coated flatter than a pool table. The walls were painted 5 times to get the right sheen.

“Not satin, but not eggshell.”, she says.

The edge of the shower 1/2” glass door had a wierd shadow nobody could see. My glass contractor wanted to quit.

All the gray tile grout had to be hand painted/dyed because it was slightly varied.

My faithful tile installer said, “No f… way he was going to do anything, it was fine. She’s crazy.”

He was mostly right, but technically, she wasn’t warned that gray grout has a tendency to vary in color
and we didn’t notice it when she approved the final sample on the floor. Now I know…....always something.

So we had to do it…... blue tape and paint every grout line.

The black oak vanity top had a slight variation in the veneer core underneigth that you couldn’t see or feel unless you opened the shade all the way and wait until 10:30 – 10:45 am for the sun to hit it just right.

Back to the paint shop.

Half way through the job I realized it was going to be a loss.

and, if I wasn’t careful, I’d have to deal with the over bearing husband about her blown budget.

.... so I decided to INVEST in it as a “reference job”. Her charming personality would become my asset.

After it was finally completed, she was so happy with the undivided attention given to her new personally designed bathroom, she talked about us at several neighborhood parties.

BTW – everyone knows how fussy she is. Rumor is, her nick name is Precious. I laughed when I heard that one.

Now I’m one of the guys to call in this high end sub division and the husband is a happy man.

Referenced jobs to date: 4 new bathrooms and 2 kitchens and one on the drawing board.

Actually, now that I think about it….I guess I did make money on this one.

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#1 posted 02-17-2011 04:12 PM

Before pictures

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#2 posted 02-17-2011 04:16 PM

Nice work. How many people do they put in that shower at one time? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 02-17-2011 04:22 PM

Big bathroom, big shower. More fun.

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#4 posted 02-17-2011 04:38 PM

Very nice design!

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#5 posted 02-17-2011 08:05 PM

Looks great, pretty much what I want to do to my guest bathroom… wish you were in Southern California.

What brand is that bathtub?

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#6 posted 02-17-2011 08:23 PM

Well done. I hear ya on the glass. We put in a big glass shower in both bathrooms and have to squeege the glass everytime… While I like the look sometimes I just want to be lazy and not do it. But blondie wont have none of that is has to be clean. You did a bang up job!

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#7 posted 02-17-2011 09:41 PM

great work! great design!

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#8 posted 02-18-2011 01:48 AM

really great work…...its amazing the changed look….well done

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#9 posted 02-18-2011 10:01 PM

just redid pare of my bathroom and used a very dark brown almost black espresso color under the sink. also matched a mirror with same color. I think you did a fantastic job with this.

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