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Indiana Project: Master Bath

In the beginning the master bath was an extra room off the downstairs hallway that was being used as a den.

downstairs hallway


We knew instantly that this space was wasted as a den and we needed it to become part of the master suite.

This was the master bath in mid-April,


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To create this room, the door in the hall was eliminated, today the shower is now where the door used to be. You no longer enter this room from the hallway. It is now accessed by way of the master closet. Both original windows were removed.

Indiana master bath orig layout

Indiana master bath new layout

I was inspired by a number of custom bath vanities I saw in designer’s portfolios scattered across the internet.

bath vanity Molly Frey

Molly Frey

Urban Grace bath vanity

Urban Grace Interiors

Leverone design bath vanity

Leverone Design

Blue & white cottage bath

Source unknown

remodel boy's bath

Remodeling magazine

chunky open vanity Traditional Home

Traditional Home

I didn’t want to buy an off the shelf vanity and I needed a double that fit snug in to a custom space in front of the window. So I decided to have a custom vanity fabricated. I needed a drawing to give to someone so I talked with my brother in law Patrick. Patrick is currently in school for mechanical engineering and he knows AutoCAD. Perfect! Patrick was just the man for the job and he created this plan for me.

Indiana master vanity

Thanks Pat! If you need someone to create a drawing or a plan for you, we’ll be glad to pass along his email.

Here is the plan that Quality Cabinet Company made before beginning fabrication,

Indiana Master cab

This is the vanity in place in the bathroom. The towel bars have not been installed yet.

Master bath custom vanity

This is the plan for the finish materials,

Master Bath

The walls will be painted Benjamin Moore’s Healing Aloe. A great soft blue/green that will give the room a spa like feel.

paint swatch healing aloe


Indiana Project: Upstairs Bath

This is what the bathroom looked like in the beginning,

upstairs sink

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Upstairs bath sink

This is the current state of the upstairs bathroom at the Indiana project.


I did consider leaving the brick exposed but the mortar was in bad shape and decided to skip expending time and resources on revamping it.


A close up of the window and the shelves that have been framed in the shower.


Standing in bathroom looking toward door and hallway.  You can see the ring for the toilet on the floor on the right.

Both rough in electrical and plumbing work are complete, as well as insulation.  This room has passed inspection and is ready for drywall.
This bathroom presented a few challenges,
  • Challenge #1– How to best position the shower?
    This room is long and fairly narrow but the challenge is the slanted ceiling.  We had to restructure the entire bathroom and really part of the upstairs hallway to get the room you are looking at now. We had to carve out a space in the room for a shower. Our first design included a clawfoot tub along the slanted wall and then the shower stall against the right side of the room, eliminating the window and adding a large skylight. The final design is a tub/shower combination at the far end of the room.
  • Challenge #2– Where can we put the toilet?
    We are required by code to have a certain amount of vertical inches from the front of the toilet to the ceiling.  Normally this wouldn’t be an issue but in a room with a slanted ceiling it quickly becomes a problem. The inspector was asked to come and consult with us on our preferred spot for the toilet. He agreed to allow us to put it where we wanted to because it was a remodel and it had previously been a bathroom. If it would’ve been a new house, the inspector wouldn’t have given us as much leeway.  Even after we placed the toilet, the challenge wasn’t over.  The plumbing has to tie in to the sewer so it has to travel down to the lower level.  The position of the toilet routed the pipe through the downstairs hallway ceiling. When this happens you have to build a box to house the plumbing. In order to make this box make visual sense, the carpenter built a tray ceiling in the downstairs hallway–problem solved.
This is what I have planned for the fixtures in this bath,

Indiana Project:Upstairs Bath

Some of you might be interested in some other details,

  • The window is vinyl clad with obscured glass.  The window itself will not be affected by shower water. The window will be trimmed in composite material that will not rot and then painted.  We may choose to apply a water resistant epoxy, which we’ve had a lot of success with in the past.
  • A custom, frameless glass door will be fabricated to shield the floor from splash.
  • I’ve already purchased the American Standard rain can, extension arm, faucet, shower controls and tub filler from Hubbard plumbing supply. I also bought the Aquaglass unskirted tub at Hubbard’s as well.  I did compare prices at Lowe’s and Hubbard’s because I knew Lowe’s carried the Aquaglass brand. Hubbard’s came out lower and they stock the particular tub I needed, no special order necessary. The side of the tub that is visible in the room will receive a custom wooden paneled front built by the carpenter. As plain as this tub might seem to those of you that are designers or cruise shelter mags or design blogs on the reg, it was still $500.00. Trust me, if it was in the budget I would install a $1500-$3000 soaking tub.
  • There are four 4″ recessed lighting cans in the ceiling in addition to the sconces.

Fixture Sources:

Vanity, Home Decorators

Hexagon floor tile, Overstock

Subway tile, American Universal

Sconces, Lighting Universe

Grohe faucet, Overstock (sold out)

Rain shower head, Faucet Depot

Wooden mirror, Overstock (I purchased ours at Home Goods)

Towel hooks, IKEA

Right now I’m leaning towards Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace for the wall color. I like to test the color out in the room so I’ll finalize the choice once I take the fan deck over and observe it in the room. The trim will be oil based, semi-gloss white and the ceiling will be white.

Indiana upstairs bath colors