I just love walking into a space and trying to figure out how to make it work a little bit better, or how to make a few simple updates that make it feel like a whole new space. A friend of mine asked me to take a look at her master bath. Her plan: rip it all out! She wants the tub gone, shower gone, hates the vanity (its huge), a total gut job.
Her husband, well, that's another story. He says, "what's wrong with the tub, it works just fine. There's nothing wrong with that vanity, why do we need a larger shower? New lights", well he just rolled his eyes at that one, but he's given her a budget and I've presented multiple ideas and I think we've come to a great compromise.
My biggest problem with the bathroom (well, I have a few, but the biggest) is the wall separating the shower and bathtub. It dwarfs the space and makes the shower feel like a tomb. Initially, with a total gut job I'd say rip it all out. New bathtub, run along the vanity wall (which also means a new vanity) with a larger shower. All tile with glass walls to open up the space. Wow, would that look nice! It'd also cost a pretty penny.
So, for our compromise, we're keeping the tub just getting rid of the awful carpeting and maybe the step. Making the wall a 1/2 wall and adding some glass to help open it up a little. Pulling out the old shower, moving the plumbing from the separating wall to the far one and tiling the whole thing.
By keeping the tub I suggested they also keep the vanity. Hubby agrees, wife would rather pitch it. I think we could easily salvage it with some paint and maybe add some decorative trim and knobs to make it feel new. I would also like to add an upper cabinet to separate the two sinks and give them more storage. Hang framed mirrors and change out the lighting.
Heated floors are also a possibility. So, a total gut job turned into more of a cosmetic overhaul and it is going to look amazing when all is said and done.
Here's a look at a bathroom that they like: