Making A Master

In the 1920’s most people didn’t think about having large bathrooms or closets attached to their bedrooms – They were just happy to have them at all! However, today it’s a huge selling feature and the bigger the master suite, the better! This Phoenix home is a prime example because it’s located in a desirable historic neighborhood with so many charming old-world characteristics, but the concept of a master suite didn’t exist.

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BEFORE: Dark and dingy with no masterful qualities.

The home came with three full bathrooms, but only one of them was connected to a space that could potentially be “deemed” a bedroom. We decided it was our best option and I began working on ways to reconfigure the space. The dark brown shower and deep maroon walls didn’t really give much of a master vibe… But one great thing about old homes, is that they’ve often been modified through the years and if you look closely enough at the floor plan… You can sometimes find hidden/lost space. That was exactly the case with this bathroom because at some point when it had been “remodeled” years ago, they closed up an awkward corner to make the room more square. Reclaiming that awkward corner space, plus realizing that the adjacent closet could be added to the bathroom square footage as well, gave us enough to work with!

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AFTER: This historic home was able to maintain it’s old-word charm in the rest of the home while getting a maste suite for our needs today…

We flipped the room and relocated the shower to where the closet was previously. This allowed us to move the toilet over and enclose it with a door for privacy. The sink stayed where it was, but with the toilet moved over, it allowed us extra room to do a nice double dark-wood vanity with two vessel sinks. With the reclaimed awkward corner, we needed to keep enough room to access the new shower, but it also allowed space to do a very elegant soaking tub, which became the focal point of the bathroom (And gives a whole new meaning to bath time)! Due to the age of the home, I wanted to maintain it’s traditional style while also making it feel more current. The home had original hardwood floors and so naturally there were a lot of brown tones throughout the house. I catered to this by doing oil-rubbed bronze light fixtures that unified with the existing home features. The vanity lights, and wall sconces above the bathtub are a nice addition, while still not distracting from the bathroom’s highlights. I found traditional chrome ‘bar’ sink faucets and paired them with a modern vessel sink. The height of the ‘bar’ faucet was very similar to a what a vessel sink faucet would be, so it provided a fun opportunity to blend styles. Exchanging bar faucets for bathroom faucets can be an easy solution if you’ve got a great sink, but can’t find the faucet you want! I complimented these ‘bar’ faucets by doing the same style wall mounted bath tub faucet which popped against the dark grey tile… Combined, you’d never know that that the sink faucet’s weren’t intended for bathrooms!

 

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