A home can often be dated by the presence of oddly angled walls and ceilings. So a simple way to modernize may well be to remove these relics of a bygone era.
The master bathroom suite shown here was outdated, with angled walls, a vaulted ceiling and a trapezoid window high up above the bath. A separate toilet and shower room made it seem crowded.
This homeowner wanted their ensuite bathroom to be a luxurious personal oasis that they could escape to. They requested warm, natural materials, better light, a larger shower and a more functional space, the first move was to drop the ceiling to a flat 9ft height.
To overcome the loss of light from the trapezoid window, we added windows behind the tub and the vanity. These help to bring in more light and give a view of the woods outside the window.
The flow was improved by removing the wall separating the toilet and shower from the rest of the space. Instead, a panel of Lumicor acrylic with prairie grass embedded in it and wrapped in a maple frame, provides partial privacy for the toilet. Lumicor was chosen because it obscures the view while still allowing light to flow through the space. The rearrangement also resulted in extra space for a larger shower enclosure.
Originally a set of his and her closets was accessed from the bathroom. These were combined to make a single large closet, and an angled closet wall was made straight. A second closet was positioned in an unused corner of the bedroom, and tall cabinetry for storage of linens and toiletries was built into the space created where the angled closet wall had been removed.
The owners wanted the bathroom to have a feeling of Zen-like calm, and to bring the outdoors inside, so we have used organic materials as much as possible.
Maple was chosen for the vanities and tall cabinetry, the mirror surrounds and framing around the toilet partition. The wood complements the warm, brown tones of the travertine slab countertops and travertine tiles in the shower, around the tub and on the floor.
Everything you see in this bathroom is NEW, including the toilet! And YES, I did all the work myself, from wiring the new light fixture to, putting up the new mirror, the new crown
molding, the tile floor, the granite bathroom counter top I had cut at a granite place choosing a remnant piece that ended up being cheaper. I also installed the toilet, new faucet, bathtub spout & shower head for the bathroom. My son picked the color on the walls!
I believe YOU can do it! DIY is my motto, and living in you home the way YOU would like to live in it just take a little patience to seek out the best deal and some sweat equity. You end up with something much nicer than what you had before and you are able to enjoy it and NOT wait until you are going to sell YOUR HOME to fix YOUR HOME!
DIY takes a lot of searching for the bargains and a little research and talking to the DIY home improvement store experts, they are very helpful and ready to help you get your project done! So get inspired and start a project~! Ana Maria
I needed an kitchen island desperately as I love to cook. So I made one by buying two prefab cabinets that matched my already existing kitchen (or think outside the box and go with a
different color). One cabinet was a two door/two drawer cabinet, the other a one door one drawer. I clamped them together and bolted them together from the inside. Then I bought dry erase board in white to cover the back of the island , I glued it with construction glue after cutting it to measurement. (My son loved to practice his spelling words on it and draw when he was little). Next I bought some corner molding and painted it white to seal the corners of the island for a finished look. (The granite was not my doing- had a company do it- but before I got granite I went to a Corian place and had a counter top made for my island in the measurements I wanted). I made sure when they cut the granite they gave me enough of a ledge for stools if I wanted in the future.
**I have since remodeled the kitchen again, and am now going to tackle the re-surfacing of it.**