Before & After: A Tranquil Transformation

Featuring a master bath and hall bath remodel, the changes from these existing spaces is truly amazing. Both of these bathrooms are entered in this year’s HBA Remodeling Awards, which you can vote on here.

Designer – Michelle Bonds
Project Manager – Mike Plower

Before the Remodel

This project began with two high-traffic bathrooms that were really showing their age. Dated finishes, worn cabinets, and a lack of storage really made these spaces feel uninviting. These two baths were also dark, cramped, and did not function to how the homeowners wanted them to.

The dark and gloomy master bath.


The hall bath vanity that desperately needed a design refresh.


The cramped layout of the hall bath.

The client wanted a master bath that was bright, spacious, and elegant. Natural light, plenty of storage, and soft, warm neutral colors were a priority. The guest bath needed a more functional shower with no glass, single sink vanity, and updated storage.


Project Goals and Challenges

For both baths, the goal was to update the spaces while maintaining the existing layout and create functional solutions for the client. For the Master, we removed a heavy soffit and bulky tub surround, and added a large picture window for increased natural light. A level-entry shower and free-standing tub added beauty and functionality to the space.

For the guest bath, we reconfigured the entire shower area by removing a wall and poorly functioning bench seat to create a walk-in shower that did not compete with the main bathroom door. A crowded double vanity was replaced with a single sink and an awkward and unsightly linen closet was replaced with a custom cabinet.

When we removed the soffit in the Master Bath, we discovered pipes running along the bottom of the ceiling joists. We were able to relocate these to the space above the joists in order to eliminate the soffit completely. A floor joist prompted the need to adjust the location of the tub faucet. A steep roof slope hidden behind the shallow linen closet in the Guest Bath dictated the size of the new custom cabinet inset into the wall.


The Finished Remodel

The Master Bath features a spacious level-entry shower with custom tile work, free-standing bath, his-and-hers vanities, each with their own unique personality, and a custom-designed linen cabinet.

A heated towel rack adds to the spa-like atmosphere.

Cambria Quartz countertops, brushed nickel fixtures, and layers of taupe and cream give this bath the spaciousness and elegance the client desired.

The guest bath now has a walk-in shower with no glass to keep clean. A tall pony wall offers privacy, while allowing light in.

The interior features two niches, a standard-sized one for storage and a smaller one placed low for a foot ledge. Robe hooks on the exterior offer a convenient spot to hang towels.

Rich maple cabinets, granite countertops, oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, and custom tile in caramel tones all combine to create a warm, functional, and inviting bath for family and guests.


Client Reception

The clients love their new spaces. The master bath is the elegant space they were dreaming of. Every day they now get enjoy a little luxury. The beautiful soaker tub is a favorite spot and is used daily.

The homeowners are also happy to offer family and guests a bath that is now warm and inviting!

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