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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Work In Progress: North Dallas Bathroom Remodel

How do you gain usable space without adding any SF?

Existing Master Bath: 165 sf, double vanity with adjacent bath/shower area, built-in linen storage, small walk-in closet
Proposed Master Bath Remodel: 165 sf, bath area with double vanity, built-in jetted tub/shower combo, freestanding storage and walk-in closet

1. Equitable division of assets based on frequency of use. 

Floor space is a hot commodity if you're not adding on and in this case it was unevenly allotted before, with a large open vanity leading to a small and cramped bath/shower area. By removing the maze of interior walls and combining the frequently used vanity and bath areas, the plan is opened up to increase both functionality and flow, especially in areas dedicated to daily activities. When considering a remodel, remember to evaluate how and where you spend the  majority of your time, which varies wildly between households if we actually take a critical look. Don't give up precious floorspace to an area or task that you don't actually want or need.

2. Nooks and Crannies- great for breakfast foods, not holding belongings.

While creative design often utilizes niches for storage, by replacing the small built-in linen closet with a freestanding piece, the internal capacity is maximized without increasing the footprint. The "master" closet also left something to be desired, as it provided limited storage opportunities because of the space required for adjacent plumbing, resulting in tiny built-in shelves hidden behind the open door and short runs of hanging rods. The new closet will provide more hanging and shelf storage and greater ease of access with a pocket door that does not encroach on any floor space.

3. Natural light is your friend 

If there is insufficient light within a space, it tends to feel smaller, even if it's physically not. And while choices of material finish and color will have a huge impact on the light quality within a space, you still have to get the light in there somehow.  By removing the existing undersized window and replacing it with a 2' x 5' Sliding Window over the new tub area, the amount of natural light is easily doubled within the space. The placement of the window is also moved directly across from a reflective mirror surface which will help increase the dispersion of light throughout the space. 

The success of this finished project will be impacted by many additional factors, including amenity upgrades, high-end material selections, finish and color. However, the remodeled spatial layout is perhaps the biggest move to increase the functionality and homeowners' enjoyment of this master bath (and without adding a square inch). 

Check back as we have updated photos of the finished project in coming months!