Master Bathroom Makeover With Luxurious Tub

How do you make a bathroom a go-to retreat? Include what most homeowners want most—a tub to spend time soaking in, a shower for quick cleansing, good big mirrors, great lighting, and a soothing palette!
Stylish Space With Contemporary Tub

Stylish Space With Contemporary Tub

A blue-green paint color—similar to the ocean—was used on the walls for this water-pampering space. The contemporary tub provides more room for a larger shower, and the Roman shades are adjustable to let more or less light in. A flat-screen TV mounted to the wall for long soaks is the perfect touch for this relaxing space.

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From: Joan Suzio

Photo by: Norman Sizemore / Mary Beth Price

Norman Sizemore / Mary Beth Price

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From: Joan Suzio

Designer Joan Suzio, LEED AP, owner of a Decorating Den Interiors franchise in Libertyville, Illinois, carefully melded together different tile patterns by creating three major focal points in the remodeled bathroom—a beautiful wood vanity with matching mirrors, a curving tub, and a walk-in shower with bench, all with the glamor of a Hollywood flick. She unified the remodeled space more with the romantic ocean-blue paint color.

Describe the homeowner's wish list.

Expand and update the shower, improve the lighting, upgrade to a tiled floor from carpet, add more functional storage, and separate the master bathroom from the master bedroom.

Bathroom Retreat With TV and Soaking Tub

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Basic Before Shower

Before the remodel, the shower was small and lackluster, with frosted glass walls and a basic showerhead.

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Spacious Shower With Niche

By tucking the curved freestanding tub into a corner by the window, designer Joan Suzio was able to capture space for the walk-in shower. A niche recessed in the wall is a tidy spot to place shampoos and soaps to keep them off the floor or bench. Although a curbless shower with zero threshold was desired, the curb helps keep water off the bathroom floor.

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Photo By: Norman Sizemore / Mary Beth Price

Blah Tub Before

The before bathtub took up a lot of visual space, while the outdated valance on the window blocked natural light, making the room appear even smaller.

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Stylish Space With Contemporary Tub

A blue-green paint color—similar to the ocean—was used on the walls for this water-pampering space. The contemporary tub provides more room for a larger shower, and the Roman shades are adjustable to let more or less light in. A flat-screen TV mounted to the wall for long soaks is the perfect touch for this relaxing space.

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Photo By: Norman Sizemore / Mary Beth Price

Style-less Vanity Before

A boring white vanity with a large frameless mirror offers very little character to the room.

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Serene Bathroom With Double Vanity

A stunning double vanity with warm wooden cabinets and a white countertop looks elegant, while providing plenty of storage in this transitional bathroom.

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Photo By: Norman Sizemore / Mary Beth Price

What was the biggest issue the design addressed?

Actually, a leak in the shower wall hastened the remodeling timing. My clients are tall, and the low sink height caused back problems; the shower was very small; the lighting was dingy, and the whole space was thrown together with the cheapest possible fixtures. It just was not working.

Describe an obstacle in the space.

Creating a spa-like space, especially a bigger shower, within the existing footprint. We laid everything out to the inch and measured many times to be sure all would fit!

How did the end result match your original vision?

Initially, we wanted to do a curbless shower, but that was not possible. We could not do pocket doors as desired because of plumbing placement, so instead, we did a bi-fold French door that took up minimal space.

What surprised you about this project?

The biggest surprise were joists that were 24" on center! We had to reinforce the floor for the tub. Thankfully, the tile designer had chosen mosaic tiles for the floor; she said larger tiles would have cracked with the floor supports.

What are the hidden gems that make a big difference?

Attention to lots of little details like the toiletry niche, body jets, big bench in the shower, and even a couple of feet more space made the client so happy in this space. Other gems are the rich variation of the marble tiles, custom mirror frames, faucets, and heated floor, plus a wall-mounted TV!

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