Finalizing (?) the Master Bathroom

Last Sunday we met with Shawn to discuss a number of pressing topics: living room, dining room, and kitchen ceiling height; rear window wall configuration, and master bathroom layout. Real quick on the first two: we decided to spend a little extra money on demo and reframing in order to raise the overall main floor ceiling nearly a foot. With the existing ceilings at 8 feet, that new space will have a huge impact! We also settled on a configuration for the north window wall:

Slick - yet inviting - wall of windows. And door!

Once upon a time I thought we would go with a very simple and modern wall of sliders approach, but both Josh and I feel this is much friendlier and more interesting. We like the addition of the door on the left and that this design offers maximum window height in spite of the beam that drops down between the door and windows. And the small casement windows along the bottom will open out so we can get fresh air without having to open a huge window – a bonus in San Francisco and with two overly curious cats who have no business on the deck and jumping around the neighborhood roofs. The result will be an intentional look – always a good thing.

OK – time to move downstairs now. In a previous post I talked a little about where the various bathroom components would go. Shawn took a look at our configuration and raised a concern that the WC (better known as the “Throne Room”) location could make you feel confined right as you enter the bathroom, and blocked the natural light coming from the windows. Good points. So he suggested we do this instead:

Groovy master bathroom

The most significant changes are the location (and size – it got much bigger) of the Throne Room and the subsequent splitting of the double vanity into 2 single vanities. Yesterday our task was to spend some time in the space with the layout mocked up. We concluded that we love this layout, with one exception: the shower is too small, and making it bigger creates too small a walkway between it and the bathtub. So we are suggesting we move the shower back to the exterior wall, next to the tub (in the drawing above, it shifts along the bottom wall to the right hand corner). We lose the “view” but gain a much bigger shower, as Josh demonstrates here:

It's hard to believe that in a matter of months, there will actually be a shower there.

And, behold! A very generously-proportioned and private WC:

Josh provides a useful demonstration.

At first, we weren’t sold on the idea of separate vanities, but we’re totally warming up to the idea. One can be a little more masculine, one a little more feminine. And we can junk up our own little corner of the bathroom just the way we like it.

In this corner, vanity number 1!

And in this corner, vanity number 2!

We need to pull the trigger on this design this week so the guys can finish framing and get to plumbing and electrical. The whole team is meeting on site this Tuesday morning to work through the last decisions and then it’s a go.

It may be tough to tell in the photos, but I feel compelled to point out just how CLEAN a job site this is. I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s worth saying again: our contractor is the tidiest, most organized operation a (type A) gal could ever want. Yeah, OK, so there’s a giant pile of sheetrock in the garage. But it’s in the GARAGE – not a debris box on the street, and not in a giant messy pile in the living room. To me, it demonstrates respect and professionalism. Love it.

Oh  – and check out the new blogroll over there on the right. Thanks to March Madness, I had a little time to put these links together. I’ll try to keep it updated, but for now enjoy your tour of some of my favorite design blogs.

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