A Sitting Room Sacrificed for a Bigger Bath
Reshuffled rooms solve a poorly remodeled master bath and crowded kids' bath
Just when the couple were drawing up plans to update their Prairie-style home's master bath—the victim of a botched 1980s-style redo—the project looked as if it would be trumped by the boys' needs. Then their architect, Chip Hackley, had a lightbulb moment and found a solution to make daily life a bit easier for the whole family.
Shown: The windowed space that was formerly the master bedroom makes a spacious location for the new vintage-look console double sink and wood-framed, recessed medicine cabinets from Waterworks, a towel bar from Chicago Brass, and a sconce from Rejuvenation.
When it comes to owning a home, necessity is often the mother of reinvention. For Tim and Elizabeth Dugan of Kenilworth, Illinois, the need to reimagine their space grew out of the realization that their three boys (an 11-year-old and 8-year-old twins) had been bumping elbows in the hall bathroom they shared. The misguided bath remodel shouted 1980s. It lacked both practicality and privacy, with the toilet on display between the shower and the partially enclosed tub.
The plan worked like a slide puzzle, starting with the elimination of a seldom-used sitting room in the master suite. By shifting the master bedroom into that space, Hackley could move the master bath into the former bedroom and slip a new kids' bath in its place.
Shown: The vintage-look tub with its Edwardian-style tub filler from Waterworks has pride of place beneath a large triple window.
Now the Dugans have peace in the house, plus a master bath that gets great light (thanks to the former bedroom's multiple windows) and has a more user-friendly flow, with separate zones for the toilet, shower, and tub. And the turn-of-the-century home finally got the classic, period-style bath it had long deserved.
Shown: Arches in the shower doorway and interior tile details echo the bathtub's curves.
One of two rainheads with retro-style exposed risers in the shower.
The console sink's marble top sits on a nickel-finish, three-legged stand; horizontal supports double as towel bars.
The homeowner wanted to emulate the crisp look of an English hotel with the bath's white marble basket-weave tile with pale green accents.
The fixtures were jammed together in the existing master bath, making it prone to morning traffic jams.
1. Reassigned rooms on the second floor. The master bath took the place of the master bedroom, which moved over, capitalizing on a rarely used sitting-room space. The bathroom grew from 114 to nearly 157 square feet and gained lots of natural light. A second, smaller bathroom adjoining one of the kids' bedrooms was easy to add where the master bath had been.
2. Laid out the new master bath in line with the adjoining bath, relegating a few extra feet to the bedroom. A new toilet room positions the two waste lines in close proximity and is located off the new entrance for easy access. The shower sits opposite the room's entrance to keep its door swing away from other fixtures in the shared space.
3. Reworked windows in the old bedroom so the tub could be tucked under three double-hungs for a light-filled focal point opposite the console sinks. One of the two other windows went into the bedroom.
4. Upped storage with built-in glass-front cabinets that flank the bath's entryway. Shelves hold baskets for toiletries and other basics, plus family photos and artwork by the boys.