Bathroom at a Glance
Who lives here: A professional couple
Location: Reston, Virginia
Size: 127 square feet (12 square meters)
Design: Emily Bickl (layout and cabinet design) and Camille DeLew (interior design) of Synergy Design & Construction
Before: The large platform tub with tile deck dominated the aging bathroom. “The clients hated the tub,” Bickl says. “It was taking up space, and they didn’t use it.”
A dark shower was crammed into a small nook between the tub and a water closet, which the couple wanted to keep.
What they didn’t want were the tan-colored walls, brown tile floor with an inset pattern and basic white double vanity. “Their biggest issue was that [the vanity] had low-quality materials and was much too plain,” Bickl says. “They really wanted a warm stain.”
River rock tile covers the shower floor and extends to the main floor to form a border around light wood-look porcelain tile with radiant heat. “The inspiration photos from Houzz the clients showed us had cut stone being used as an accent on the bathroom floor,” Bickl says.
A custom double vanity with mahogany stain adds a dose of warmth. Opposite, a new linen cabinet improves storage. Soft blue-green walls (Rainwashed, Sherwin-Williams) create a soothing, nature-inspired backdrop.
Shower door: ABC Glass and Mirror; main floor tile: Etic series in color Rovere Bianco, Atlas Concorde USA; floor border tile: Mixed River Marble Pebble, MSI; ceiling paint: Ceiling White, Sherwin-Williams; trim paint: Chantilly Lace, Benjamin Moore
Two square towel rings complement the rectangular tube lights and rectangle mirrors. “The clients liked that square look that we used for the plumbing fixtures and accessories,” Bickl says.
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A wider hinged door to the water closet makes it easier to enter and exit the space. New recessed niches inside the water closet provide user-friendly storage. “We used a little leftover space from when we removed the old shower to add those niches,” Bickl says.
The designers also added a new exhaust fan and heat lamp during the renovation.
Before: This look from the old tub toward the hinged bathroom door gives a sense of the basic look and feel the owners wanted to update.
They also wanted to update the generic double vanity, the dark and narrow shower stall and the overall look of the space. They gathered design ideas on Houzz, then reached out to designers Emily Bickl and Camille DeLew for help making their vision a reality. The designers ditched the tub, of course, and created a generous glass-enclosed curbless shower in its place, putting it in the best light.
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