In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m probably as excited about the new master bathroom and closets in my home remodel as I am about any of the other renovated rooms! Okay, I’m also equally excited about the kitchen, but I cannot wait to have a new bath and closet! When you see the layout of these spaces before we started, you’ll see exactly why this is so exciting.
The layout of the bathroom was so awkward before. There was a HUGE cultured marble tub (so big the water would be cold by the time you filled it enough to get in), a tiny linen closet, a small shower with a low ceiling, and a lot of wasted space in front of the toilet. There was one tiny master closet that my husband has been using since we moved in, while I trekked upstairs to dress everyday. One of my least favorite parts about this room is that there was no natural light – not a single window in there. So it often felt dreary and disconnected from the world outside.
And there was also a very dysfunctional mudroom backing up to the bathroom linen closet with a countertop that became a catch-all for everything that came in the back door. Plus the mudroom had a lot of wasted floor space. The areas just weren’t functional, and I knew that we could take these same spaces and really make them work for the master suite I had in mind.
And though many of the key elements in the new design stayed in the same general area as before, there is so much more to love in the new floorplan above! Now don’t get me wrong, like a lot of remodels, and unlike building a new home or adding on, these spaces are not huge. But I don’t need a huge house, I need a functional one. I don’t keep things I don’t use. I am not sentimental about “stuff.” Plus I am super-organized. And as you can see, I took in the former mudroom and created a second closet that will be one of my tools for organization! So, lucky for me, no more traipsing upstairs every morning.
Now every square inch makes much more sense! There is a bigger shower with a full-height ceiling, a very functional Kohler soaking tub with some fun bells and whistles, and even a new window between the shower and the toilet. I am thrilled to let in more natural light! Plus I reduced the depth of the toilet room and can now have a closet backing up to it on the bedroom side for more storage and organization. And I added a wall at the end of my vanity for electrical outlets and a make-up mirror. We only had one outlet before and it was on my husband’s end of the cabinet. It drove us both nuts!
You might notice I lost the linen closet to gain my clothes closet. Definitely worth it to me, but I had to get creative for linen storage. So I am making a good-sized cabinet over the toilet for extra storage of towels and other necessities. And we have 6 wide drawers in the vanity design instead of doors, and some of those will be used for towel storage, too.
The completed bathroom and closet are going from hardly working to fabulously organized. And as you know, nothing makes me happier than that!
So what do you think of the new layout? Let me know in the comments section below. Meanwhile, I think I’ll go by and take another look at my favorite space and check on the progress!