Contemporary Luxe Bathroom

Designer Christopher Grubb created a modern bathroom that features a large walk-in shower, sunken tub and double vanity.
Asian-Style Bathroom With Sunken Tub

Asian-Style Bathroom With Sunken Tub

For this Malibu, Calif., project, designer Christopher Grubb and Arch-Interiors Design Group redesigned a bathroom on a budget of $80,000. Grubb transformed a minimalist bathroom into a luxurious spa with a stunning glass shower and a sunken tub surrounded by polished stones.

By: Chelsey Bowen

For this Malibu, Calif., project, designer Christopher Grubb and Arch-Interiors Design Group redesigned a bathroom on a budget of $80,000.

Christopher shares how he transformed a minimalist bathroom into a luxurious spa with a stunning glass shower and a sunken tub surrounded by polished stones.

Describe the homeowner's wish list.

It originally had a minimalist, European look to it, which felt cold so we had to transform the space to make it feel more intimate.

The client wanted a more functional vanity area, which we were successful in doing, and we were able to display elements to make the space feel less like a bathroom.

Sophisticated Master Bathroom

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Before: Too Minimal

The bathroom had a minimalist, European look, which felt cold to the homeowners. Designer Christopher Grubb and Arch-Interiors Design Group needed to transform the space to make it feel more intimate.

After: Sophisticated Retreat

The contemporary bathroom has all the amenities of a luxurious spa. The tiled walk-in shower is enclosed with seamless glass walls and now features a beautiful built-in bench, while the sunken tub is surrounded by polished stones to bring in a touch of nature.

Eye-Catching Shower

The large walk-in shower features floor-to-ceiling neutral square tiles and a pebble-like tiled floor. Niches inset into the shower wall provide storage, while a built-in bench looks like piece of furniture and gives the space a custom look.

Statement-Making Wall

Grubb draws attention to the wall behind the tub by covering it in rich, dark wood. The stunning focal point has various sized niches and shelves to display an eclectic mix of Asian accessories. Each niche is lit from above to highlight the decorative items.

Streamlined Fixtures

Natural elements, like the dark wood focal wall and smooth stones surrounding the tub, create a serene organic atmosphere. A sleek, stainless steel faucet modernizes the tub area.

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Before: Separate Vanities

Two separate vanities break the flow of the room and aren't functional. The homeowners needed more a practical statement piece.

Designer Vanity

The custom-designed double vanity is a streamlined, elegant piece in the bathroom. A canopy made from the same wood of the cabinetry brings the height of the room down, creating a more intimate environment.

Basin-Like Sinks

Double vessel sinks are paired with sleek shelf-like faucets. The mirrors above reflect the glamorous sconces and visually enlarge the room.

Sparkling Lights

Stainless steel sconces dripping with crystals add glamour to the contemporary bathroom.

What were the homeowner's design problems?

We wanted to make the space feel more cohesive and improve the functionality to it.

How does the end result match up with your original vision?

We wanted to do a vent-less fireplace, but the client felt like the access was cumbersome and didn't want to deal with having to fill it with the liquid.

What was your biggest obstacle in this space?

It was a very large space with existing windows built around, and we had to keep in mind the relocation of the water closet. How we addressed these issues was to make sure all the elements were properly scaled.

What lessons did you learn?

We were very fortunate that there were no surprises on this project. Also, we had the great opportunity to design a high-end custom vanity that we were able to add to the C.G. Collection line.

What are the "hidden gems"?

The wood wall features various-sized lit niches for decorative items. The built-in bench in the shower appears to be freestanding and looks like a piece of furniture. Not all plumbing fixtures come in one's desired finish, but it's actually easy to have them plated to get the right look.

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