I have yet to photograph the #samuelfamilyfixer for myself and to show you guys the full tour (but this image from the shoot for Domino Magazine is still giving me life, as are the nightly baths right in this spot), so in the meantime I wanted to give you a look into what my non negotiables were for my dream master bath and delve into the design and making of it.
When we moved in there was an un-used and unfinished “hot tub room” just off the master bedroom (which you could also access from clover’s bedroom) that I suppose once had a hot tub in it, but by the time we got there it was by name only. Essentially, it was an un-heated and unfinished exterior room with decking for the flooring and plywood walls but it was a good amount of space and it had the best light with all the windows. The master bathroom at the time had almost no natural light and was divided up into two small rooms, one with the sink/vanity and the toilet and the other had an alcove bathtub and closet. Here is a look at the “as-built” floor plans and then what our plans were for the space.
As you can see we gained a ton of space by opening things up and finishing off the “hot tub room”. It allowed me to check so many things off my must have list. I shared these plans on stories way back when we started and I got quite a few questions about why the toilet isn’t concealed in any way. To me it is already a huge step better than what it was before where the entry door looks directly at the toilet and it is 10 steps better than what we have in our LA bathroom where the toilet was also front and center and we didn’t even have a door to the bathroom. ha Now that we have been living in the space I can tell you the toilet placement is all good and I like that it is tucked to the side where it isn’t the first thing you see when you walk in. Keeping the bathroom open and giving it a feeling of breathing space was much higher on my priority list. Speaking of my priority list… let’s get down to it.
A BATHTUB (preferably freestanding):
I have never had a bathtub in a master bathroom of my own which is so sad because I am a total bath girl. Putting one in our new bathroom was at the top of my list. It just isn’t the same experience when you have to clear out 1,000 kids toys before taking a soak. I have always loved the sculptural aspect of a freestanding bathtub and a bathtub with a view takes the cake. When we first saw the “hot tub room” we knew the nook with all the windows would be the perfect spot for one that would check all the boxes. I found our tub on Wayfair which is still a go-to site for bath fixtures as I can find things like this unique pedestal tub quickly and, more often than not, they are priced the same or even better than I can get with my trade discount from other vendors.
NATURAL LIGHT (broken record, I know)
I want windows in all the rooms please. The more the merrier. In most of the house we don’t have window coverings but since the tub is basically sitting in a fishbowl a secondary must-have came up which was roller shades…
I wanted the window coverings to be very minimal and modern. Not distract at all from the view when they were not in use so we turned to the experts at The Shade Store and had them install their Park Rollers. We even have them motorized so with the flick of the button they go up or down and it has me feeling very James Bond-ey.
Tile is probably my favorite part of every renovation and I have gotten to use some really incredible tile in client projects. I must have gone through a million options before landing on the plan for our master. For my own house I wanted tile that felt incredibly special but not be so distinctive or trendy that I would get sick of it or that it would look dated in a couple years. One way I was able to hit the mark was by using a classic shape (Clé’s Modern Farmhouse Glazed Brick) in an interesting/different layout (more on this soon). For the floor we went with Clé Tile’s natural zellige in 2″x2″ sheeted. I can’t even begin to say how much I love this tile. The handmade quality, the color variation, and the smooth soft feel (since it is unglazed) all bring character and warmth to the space.
INTEGRATED TROUGH SINK/VANITY
Similarly to the bathtub, I wanted our sink/vanity situation to be all about form (and obviously function). I designed ours to be all one piece, the sink is integrated and the entire console is made out of white concrete. Images to come! I found the brass wall mount faucets on Wayfair.
ROOM FOR SO MANY PLANTS
Even in our small LA bathroom, I found a small space to squeeze in a plant but in my dream bathroom I’d have dedicated space for multiple plants. Like natural light… the more the merrier. Plants in a bathroom bring life to all the hard fixtures and finishes and help create a spa-like vacation vibe (which with the winters here, lets be honest I NEED). The two windowed alcoves on each sided of the bath made an ideal spot.
Everyone’s bathroom storage needs are SO different. No matter how much I aspire to be, I am not a beauty product girl. My skincare routine currently consists of the Tacha face oil. PERIOD. that is it. I fell off the horse. I loved the SK-II when I had it and should probably order more, but somewhere between all the renovations and moving around a cleanser is all I could manage. And then make-up… my 5 minute face is the same one I use for around the house as I would for a night out (well sometimes I add a brow pencil if the occasion is REALLY special). My product list there is a tinted moisturizer, a concealer, mascara, blush, powder and a lip stain. I literally have one of each. One color blush… oh but I do have a few colors of lip (like 3). So all this said… I have very minimal bathroom storage needs. The basket under my vanity is more than enough but we do have razors and medicine and things we don’t want our littles to have such easy access to so I did utilize my favorite trick for adding a ton of usable storage without taking away any square footage from the bathroom which is installing a full length recessed medicine cabinet. I found this one on Wayfair and it is basically 6′ high by 15.5″ wide so it slides right into a standard 16″ space between studs. We installed one in the kids bath too.
You may remember that we installed Warmboard radiant heated floors all through the house (which is proving to be one of the best decisions) but we have the master bathroom on it’s own thermostat so we can really crank the heat in there for extra toasty floors when you get out of the bath or shower.
Hooks are good for everything, robes, towels, clothes. They are small, non-invasive and super practical.
A SHOWER WITH A HAND SHOWER
Similarly to the bathtub, I’ve never had a hand shower. The first time I stayed at a friends house with a hand shower and washed my hair it felt like I just had gone to the salon. I have very thick and long hair so having the water just come from above doesn’t really get through to the scalp just above the neck. How did I ever get clean before this bathroom, I don’t know 😉 (my hair was definitely greasier).