The Master Bathroom is Framed

soon to be our master bath

The part on the left with the sink will be a laundry room.

A large proportion of our renovation budget (time, energy and dollars) has been devoted to the kitchen and the master bath. They’re both rooms we’ll spend a lot of time in, right? Our en suite bath was heavily influenced by our Housemoon to Kohler, Wisconsin, home to Kohler. I not only learned about bathroom trends, I got to experience luxurious showers in our hotel room and the spa.

DH wanted to replicate that experience back home.

I must admit I got a few more luxe bath ideas on a recent business trip to Denver that included a stay at the Four Seasons Hotel. (I hope to do a post on that soon; it was amazing and I have pictures to prove it.)

But really, most of the credit for what I think will be a fabulous master bathroom (our first!) goes to William Collins, Senior Design at the Kohler store in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. You can go to a Big Box store and get design assistance, but William provided Design assistance. He got us thinking about the room’s look and feel, he challenged us to be bold, to pretend like we’re sophisticated adults.

And he once so eloquently described my design philosophy as “evolving,” as opposed to the way I describe myself, which is clueless.

You’ll get to see William sharing a few tips on video soon enough.

Today is about the infrastructure, with just a hint of vision. You can see the bathroom in its original state above.

The second floor of our house was built as a mother-in-law’s apartment and this room used to be her kitchen. The dark square on the floor was where her refrigerator sat up until the time we closed on the house. (Alas, I believe the mother-in-law passed prior to 1970.)

before the demolition

We thought maybe we could turn the existing closet into a water closet.

DH in bathroom

Our vanity will be placed in this spot.

But as DH demonstrated on inspection day, it’s a bit too narrow.

So we came up with a new plan, taking into consideration a large window and a door that leads to an outside 2nd story deck. Moving doors and windows is a pricey and potentially messy operation, so they’re staying.

Two weeks ago, the room was down to the studs.

master bathroom gutted during renovation

Same room, but without walls or a floor.

Last week, it was framed out and this week the waste water pipes were placed. The wall between the laundry room and the bathroom will jog a bit to accommodate the washer and dryer on one side and the bathroom window on the other. This means that we have something of a commode nook that is also a throne room with a view.

The window on the far right that you see through the framed wall is the one with the sink in front of it in the first picture above, which will be in the laundry room.

The Throne Room. The bit of framed out wall on the left backs up to the shower.

It seems like there is a mile of PVC waste water piping. I sure hope it all passes inspection!

The plumbers brought in the copper pipe yesterday, so we’re making progress.

In my next post about this bathroom I’ll share more of our design vision.

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5 Responses to The Master Bathroom is Framed
  1. Laura
    October 26, 2011 | 7:13 am

    So exciting!

    • kim/reluctant renovator
      October 30, 2011 | 1:16 pm

      It’s all coming along! I can’t wait to see your new place.

  2. Cas from Angie's List
    October 26, 2011 | 10:09 am

    Congratulations on getting the framing done! Can’t wait to watch the progress!

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