When faced with a bathroom right out of the 1980s, contractor Sebastian Clovis and designer Sabrina Smelko knew they had to bring it into the 21st century. Through the Save My Reno design process, they put together a sophisticated master bathroom on a limited budget.
Homeowners Maria and Alex knew they had the available square footage to realize the expansive master ensuite of their dreams, but they didn’t know how to get it with their $30,000 budget. That’s where the Save My Reno team entered the picture.
Yin and Yang
Striking a balance between masculine and feminine design details was the challenge put before Sabrina when working on this – and she nailed it with the combo of dusty rose cabinetry and matte-black fixtures.
Makeup or Break Up
The original 1980s bathroom provided plenty of counterspace but not enough smart storage solutions for the stacks of beauty products homeowner Maria collects for her job as a professional makeup artist. A clutter-free counter was one of the Save My Reno team’s goals.
Space Saving Storage
Now Maria has to store her matte lipsticks, concealers and highlighters in the custom-designed vanity Sebastian built for the space – her husband Alex even gets a drawer or two of his own!
With his and hers vessel sinks, lit-up mirrors and even a fridge for Maria to chill her creams, this vanity unit would have cost upwards of $8,000 if they had ordered it from a supplier.
Relicts of 1980s design trends abounded in this bathroom – a (broken) Jacuzzi tub, gradient black-and-white tiles, icy lavender walls, and a shiny black toilet and bidet set – and all of them had to go.
In place of the black, space-sucking corner Jacuzzi, a sleek freestanding soaking tub now brings calm and class to this luxury ensuite bathroom. The large-format porcelain floor tiles continue up the wall to frame the pleasing shape of the tub.
Feeling Cramped in a Big Space
The old enclosed shower didn’t give these homeowners (and parents of two) the space they craved, especially when so much of the bathroom was being occupied by cheap cupboards and a broken Jacuzzi tub. This large bathroom space felt cramped!
The new expansive walk-in shower is the size of a small room, which easily ticks off the square-footage requirements. While the large 3D porcelain shower tiles are super trendy right now, their classic horizontal chevron pattern makes sure they won’t look outdated anytime soon.
These homeowners were looking for a Zen-inspired space that split the difference between masculine and feminine design elements. With the dusty-rose cabinets and smoky-grey floor tiles, the Save My Reno team have found true harmony.