I LOVE custom cabinets!! No surprise, right?! If you've been following me on social media I think that's pretty clear by now. In fact I'm not sure if I've ever had a project where custom cabinets haven't been involved. In high-task areas like kitchens and bath, they are what defines the space and gives it purpose. Take a look and you'll see what I mean.
CABINET STAGING & PAINTING PREP AREA
MASTER BATHROOM TOUR
This is the view looking into the bathroom from the master bedroom. Notice that the arched entrance is long gone!
The doorway to the right is showing a peek into the new closet, and straight a head is a sink cabinet with the framed paneling above for the inset mirrors, and then to the left is the tub deck. The original bath had only one sink, and a tub shower combo...for being a tight space, with careful planning we were able to get in all the amenities of a custom master bath.
Same view, just closer up...
TUB & SHOWER VIEW
In the middle of the photo is the tub deck with the millwork cladding that matches the mirror paneling. To the far left is a half wall which separates the shower and tub. Above the half wall will be 1/4" glass that will wrap around to the front of the shower. You might remember from other post that this space is very narrow. When it's all said and done, the glass shower walls will be key in making the space feel less crowed.
MORE ABOUT THE SHOWER
On the far left there will be a shower head and valve, and another one to the right of the soap niche.
Notice what will soon become a tiled bench on the lower far left. Speaking about tiled benches, I incorporate them in the majority of the bathrooms I design, and I typically place them under the main shower head (trust me on this, it's an ideal location for it!...And no, you won't bump your knees, etc.). The tiled bench serves as the perfect place to rest your foot when shaving your legs, as well as a place to sit when using a handheld shower, etc.
To the far left is the second sink cabinet, with the linen on the far end.
Same view, just closer up. Beyond the linen, and partition wall is the toilet compartment. *See more about the partition wall in THE TAKE AWAY at the end of this post.
VIEW of BATH FROM CLOSET
THE TAKE AWAY
- In tight spaces, consider using glass panels for walk-in showers instead of framed walls. By doIng this you’ll save actual space by eliminating the thickness of the framed walls. There will also be an increased sense of space since the eye is able to travel through the glass. *Worried about water spots on the glass? Try using Rain-X, or a product like it that causes the water to bead off of the glass.
- Another way to expand the sense of space is to use large mirrors…this doesn’t mean that it needs to be huge sheets of glass. Consider breaking up the mirrors in section with custom millwork like we did in this project for a well-thought-out, custom look.
- Not enough space for a private toilet room? How about using a tall cabinet as a room divider like we did in this project, or even a partition wall, if there is room. *As a side note, the partition wall wasn’t a part of my design but was added during construction. Although it would have been best in terms of not crowding the space to have left the design as it was planned, the clients decided that the additional privacy the partition provides was more important to them than the crowding it created.
- If a shower is at least 48" long, depending on its' configuration, likely there will be room to include a tiled bench like we've done in this project. For both the look, and function, it sure beats the wimpy, corner ones that cantilever into the space.
PREVIEW OF WHAT'S TO COME
Painted cabinets and millwork are next!! Check back to see more and go here to learn more about what paint colors we choose, and why.