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Flip 3: Master Bathroom Renovation

August 1, 2019

 I am so excited to take you through my favorite renovation of the house, the master bathroom! Our previous house had an amazing master closet and master bathroom, so when we moved into our new house, the outdated and small master bath and closet were NOT ideal.  

The closet in Flip 3 was large enough to hold most of my clothes, but Chris had to use the closet in the nursery.  The master bathroom had a single sink and a small shower with a very low shower head. 

The guest bathroom had so much wasted space and there was something wrong with the hot water in the bathtub.  Our poor son had to take lukewarm baths for the first few months of living in our home.

Since the bathrooms and closet were butted up to each other, we wanted to completely reconfigure the space to make each room more functional.  I was already 6 months pregnant, so the goal was to complete this project in 4-6 weeks.


Bathroom Before Renovations

I am so mad at myself for not taking before photos of the bathrooms before demolition! To give you a better idea of the layout, I did a quick drawing to show the two bathrooms (not drawn to actual square footage):

Old layout of the master bathroom and guest bathroom.

In the image below, you can see part of the guest bathroom (taken from the corner of the closet):

The guest bathroom that was added to the master bathroom and master closet.

Unfortunately I do not have better photos of the master closet and bathroom, but you can see the entrances from the master bedroom in this image.  The closet is behind the bifold door and the bathroom is behind the mirrored door.

Original master bedroom with views of the old closet door and bathroom door

Bathroom Layout

The biggest challenge of this project was re-configuring the layout.  

“MUST HAVE” List:

  1. Closet large enough for both of our clothes
  2. Larger shower
  3. Double vanity
  4. Private toilet room

The floor plan below is very close to the plan we went with (and includes everything on my wish list), but we flipped the guest bathroom layout so the door is on the other side of the room. Essentially we combined both bathrooms to become the master bathroom and closet and turned the old closet into a small guest bathroom.


Construction & Design Decisions

Once we finalized the floor plan, we wanted to get to work right away.  The demolition was complete in a day and was a breeze since it was all drywall. We were so used to breaking plaster walls at our last house!  We quickly made the plumbing and electrical changes and then installed the drywall ASAP.

Here is a snapshot from our bedroom.  You can see the closet entry has been closed up and the entrance into our new master bathroom.

View from our bedroom of the closed off closet door and new entrance into the master bath.

The private toilet room is underway! The window gives the room great light and also allowed us to not have to install another fan in the bathroom. We decided to install a pocket door to maximize space in the bathroom.

Construction of our private toilet room.

This shower is going to be so luxurious!

Construction of our walk-in shower.

Next on the to do list was to pick out paint & tile.  I wanted the color to be relaxing so we went with Silver Crest by Benjamin Moore

Silver Crest paint color we chose for our master bathroom.

For the tiles, I went with a classic look with subway tiles and herringbone for the shower. For the floor I chose a hexagon tile and dark grout.

The tile selection for our master bathroom renovation.

TIP: Price out the tiles you want at Home Depot or Lowe’s and ask a tile store to price match.  The tiles tend to be better quality at a tile specific store and it never hurts to ask!  I priced out my tiles that I wanted at Home Depot and then went to the Tile Shop where they price matched and I saved close to $1,000!


Master Bathroom Reveal

We still have a few tasks to complete in this bathroom, but like most of our other projects, we are 95% there. 🙂  We reused the mirror that was in the old guest bathroom and are planning on framing it out.  I am thinking we will distress wood and add a dark stain.  I am going back and forth on wood or white; I am leaning towards wood to make the bathroom a little less formal and add a rustic touch.

The master bathroom vanity and sconces.

The shower could not be more perfect! I am so happy that we created these built in shelving units too.

The beautiful, large walk in shower in our master bathroom.
The large walk in shower with oversized subway tile and a herringbone band.

This bathroom has so much storage and my favorite little touch is that a laundry basket can fit perfectly in the nook.

The shelving nook in our master bathroom that offered ample storage and the perfect spot for the clothes hamper.

The private toilet room is such a luxury!

The private toilet room in our newly renovated master bathroom.

The new walk in closet is the perfect amount of space fora couple! With its dual hanging rods on one side and row of hooks on the other, we had plenty of space for our clothes.

Our large walk in closet after the bathroom renovation.

Here is the finished product once we finished that last 5% of our projects! Check out our blog post on how we installed our DIY mirror frame.

The complete bathroom renovation!

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