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Architecture Expert: Magnificent Master – Oct/Nov2016

Architecture Expert: Magnificent Master - Oct/Nov2016

An outdated, awkward layout is brought into the 21st century with all the fine features and finishes fit for a master bath.

Embarking on a renovation of a master ensuite bathroom for a Richmond Hill couple was a careful balance of modern and classic elements. At almost 30 years old, the existing bathroom was dated, leaking and had an odd configuration that didn’t make the most of the space. There was an incredibly small shower in one corner, and a very large toilet room opposite it. One large window was somewhat inaccessible because a large Jacuzzi tub was placed in front of it. The existing vanity was large, but didn’t offer effective storage solutions.


Before developing the design, a budget was created and outlined all the costs of the plumbing fixtures, custom vanity, tiles, lighting, mirrors, glass, demolition, construction and accessories. A large four-piece bathroom with custom millwork typically ranges from $50,000 to $75,000.


First, all fixtures and existing tiles were removed. The bathroom was reconfigured to enlarge the shower by moving the door from the bedroom, in turn shrinking the toilet room. During design, we decided to create a feature wall and locate a large soaker tub in front of it. The vanity then became a feature element as you walk in the room, and it also freed up the space in front of a large window.


The custom floating vanity not only increases the visual expanse of the space, it was designed to also make storage efficient and easy to reach. The storage options are ample including large drawers, a storage tower, and adjacent to the shower a bench was added with drawers for towel storage and seating. In the toilet room, a discreet storage cabinet located between the wall studs tucks away the supply of toilet paper.


The homeowners wanted a more modern look to their bathroom, but didn’t want it be cold and sterile. A classic Carrera marble in a modern 3D-hexagonal pattern was sourced for the feature wall behind the soaker tub. As well, a smaller hexagonal pattern was used in the shower for the floor and accent.


Lighting was very important in this solution and LED mirrors were used as well as new ceiling lights, decorative lighting, night lighting and also accent lighting for the feature wall. The lighting under the vanity is on an occupancy sensor to act as a night-light. We also included a night-light on an occupancy sensor in the toilet room.

Benjamin Moore’s Early Frost was used on the wall, which brought out the grey tones in the marble. The cabinetry was finished in high-gloss white and Pure White Caesarstone was used for the countertop. A lovely petite Briolette pendant light from LBL Lighting hangs from a wall canopy between the mirrors and adds a bit of glamour to the space. A neutral floor of Italian porcelain tile offers a cost-effective and non-slip solution.


Toilet and Sinks, TOTO; Oceania FREE-STANDING TUB: Cabano SHOWER SYSTEM AND SINK FAUCETS: Rubinet Tub Filler, CUSTOM VANITY: Precision Carpentry

Samantha Sannella