I’ve recently started to work with a family who is looking to have their master bathroom renovated and quite possible the main bathroom. I say quite possibly the main bath as the first step in the process is to have all the Poly B lines changed. Depending on the price to do that, I will either be designing the master bath or the master bath AND the main bath.
Typically when I work with clients, I like to give them options. When it comes to picking options, it really comes down to the function of the space. I always say, “Function first, then let’s turn that function into pretty.” Thinking of a bathroom renovation? See how I work with clients to get them the space of their dreams!
Pre Planning – Wish List
Part of the planning and discovery stage for a bathroom renovation is getting to know what is on the wish list. In this case, items such as:
- a nice bath tub (preferably a stand alone tub)
- double sinks
- more storage
- update the shower
were all mentioned in our discovery meeting.
I always find before pictures to be so powerful! Here are a couple (and yes – that’s me in the mirror – LOL):
Once I take measurements, I then can start creating the space that already exists.
This is the template of the bathroom.
Planning – Option 1
When I met with Mrs. Client she mentioned that Mr. Client really enjoys taking a bath and a stand alone tub is very high on the list (if not #1 on the list). Once I look at the options for the bath, then I move to the vanity area. Mr. and Mrs. Client currently have two sinks. In the Option 1 plan that I’m creating, I’m giving them a double sink vanity however, the counter space is not huge. Both vanities are 24″ wide with a 21″ sink in each (their current vanity is 60″ long. The reason I’m keeping the vanity to 24″ each is to give them a little bit bigger shower (that Mrs. Client would like). Their current shower is 34″ X 34″ and the new shower is 43″ X 34″. With having the smaller vanities, I’m hoping to give them some additional storage by having a built-in shelf to the left of the vanity. Although it won’t be very deep, it will provide more storage in this bathroom. Here is the rendering for Option 1:
Planning Option 2
Option 2 will still have the stand alone bath, the built-in extra storage but will have
a single sink vanity with an even larger shower. The payoff with going with a single sink vanity is that they will get more counter space. Here is Option 2:
The Design Phase
I always like to give my clients options. With providing 2 options for this bathroom renovation, we now have something to compare. We can look at the pros and cons of a single sink vs a double sink. We can look at the pros and cons of a larger shower vs a smaller shower as well as the options that can go with keeping the shower the current size (34″ X 34″ – this option is not in a rendering). My clients are not renovating to sell so having a double sink vanity is not the only route they can go with this space. If they were renovating to sell, I’d be giving my two cents about why I believe they should go with two sinks!
If these were the only two options, which one would you go for?