Family-Functional Bathroom

When an active family of four approached me last summer (can you tell that i’m madly trying to catch up on all the blogging and photo uploading?!), about re-designing their master bathroom, I didn’t truly know the meaning of functional. Of course, i’ve always been an advocate for form and function, but they had a very tall list for their new hub of family life (the teenage kids love to share mom and dad’s space). I always love a good challenge, so I took the project on and worked very hard to fulfill their wishlist of having (YES, in one mid-sized bathroom!):

1. A stand up glass shower with privacy etching
2. Install a tub (but make sure there’s room to get in to clean all the way around the tub)
3. Laundry center
4. An extra large large, double sink vanity
5. Separate vanity with a station for hair drying, doing makeup, etc.
6. More storage than there was before
7. A place to iron and store their ironing board

Done, done and done! Unfortunately, I don’t have any before pictures but as you can imagine it looks like most typical Markham/suburban master bathroom built in the 90’s (ie: giant corner tub, enclosed dark shower, and one sink vanity).

Here’s the new shower with the privacy etching. We chose a darker stone grey tile for the inside of the shower to complement the Caesarstone quartz countertops. You’ll also notice wishlist item #5, which is a custom made cabinet that houses the laundry baskets, has an electrical plug for the hairdryer and a mirror for makeup application.
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The homeowners liked the look of marble but didn’t want the maintenance of it, so I sourced an Italian made faux marble tile. An inexpensive, freestanding Maax tub was installed in the corner, so that it would be easier to clean.


Lastly here’s a photo of the lovely custom made vanity (sorry for the graininess as this was taken off my phone). It features awesome Stone Grey Caesarstone quartz countertops, with plenty of storage in the side unit. There’s room for an ironing board, toilet paper, cleaning supplies and other items.

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