CUSTOMIZING A SEMI-CUSTOM MASTER BATH
We’re going through the design to-do-list for Project Mount Valley, a semi-custom home that's being built in the beautiful mountains of Utah. Soon the site work will begin, right here with these gorgeous mountain views.
Room by room we're fine-tuning and perfecting the spaces as we go. Last week we worked on the master suite design. Before I share the design plans, here's a couple of concept photos my client provided for inspiration for the space.
DESIGN CONCEPT BOARD
Here's the preliminary concept design board I prepared for the clients to use as a jumping-off point for colors and finish materials.
MASTER BATHROOM - ORGINAL FLOOR PLAN
Below is the original floor plan. I'll begin by pointing out what's not working in the space:
- The line-of-sight between the bedroom and bath lacks interest. As designed, there isn't anything visually interesting to connect the two spaces. From the bedroom view, all you would see is a portion of the shower wall jetting out into the space - and beyond that the closet doors.
- Over-all the floor plan feels sloppy with lots of wasted space.
- There is perfect symmetry on the sink and tub wall but the shower wall has no sense of balance.
- As shown, the linen is a framed-in closet as opposed to a built-in cabinet. The closet of course would be the most cost effective but in handling it that way an opportunity is lost to add visual impact and style with a well deigned cabinet.
- The space lacks good storage, especially given the over-all size.
REVISED FLOOR PLAN - DESIGN OPTIONS
Being a semi-custom home, we had to edit wisely which means not interfering with any load bearing walls or post - or changing any of the window placements. Even with strict limitations, I found ways to improve the space.
Here's the revised floor plans, accompanied by the perspective sketches. While you review, keep in mind the things that I mentioned above about line-of-sight, balance, storage, wasted space, etc., and then notice how each of these things have been improved with the new floor plan options. Notice also that the space is still open and generous even though it has been planned more efficiently.
OPTION A - FLOOR PLAN
Balanced directly a cross from the sink and window wall is custom cabinet with incorporated lighting, a storage bench or cabinet near the shower entrance, and a chandelier above the tub. Notice too the interesting dimension of all the cabinets.
OPTION A - PERSPECTIVE SKETCH
OPTION B - FLOOR PLAN
This option places an over-sized chandelier in the center of the room, it has a very generous shower and again cabinets that show interesting dimension.
OPTION B - PERSPECTIVE SKETCH
With this plan, I moved the freestanding tub to the opposite wall and then included a window seat with storage between the sink cabinets. I did this primarily to try to capture the tub view from the bedroom. To the right of the shower door is a full linen cabinet. The sink cabinets also include tower cabinets as uppers.
OPTION C - PERSPECTIVE SKETCH
With this option, notice the inclusion of a laundry closet, and cabinets similar to what' been shown in the plans above.
OPTION D - PERSPECTIVE SKETCH
WHICH DESIGN OPTION?
Which design option would you choose? It seemed to be an easy choice for my clients. They whole-heartedly picked Option D and so with that, I've started work on designing the elevations. It's in the vertical view that spaces really come to life - especially when custom cabinets and millwork is included.
THE TAKE AWAY
When designing architectural space be sure to include the following TF Design Guidelines. It will. elevate your spaces from so-so, to being well-thought-out and beautiful!
- Visual balance
- Interesting line-of-site between one space to another
- Visual connection between adjacent spaces
Check back soon to see more about Project Mount Valley!