Project Highlight: Removing An Unused Garden Tub in a Master Bath

In master bath remodels, it is becoming more and more common to redesign the room without the large garden tubs of the 80s and 90s. Particularly if there is a tub in another bathroom on the same level, some homeowners are opting to install large showers rather than replacing the units. These Zionsville clients made the leap, and are pleased with the results.

ORIGINAL BATHROOM: This home was built in the Colony Square subdivision in 1998. Similar to many houses in this era, the master bathroom included a very spacious cultured marble garden tub that took up a great deal of space and required a long time to fill up. Over the years, the tub was used less and less. Next to the tub was a small-sized shower, which had begun to leak. These factors made them realize the space needed to be completely remodeled.

REDESIGN PROCESS: During the design process, the homeowner decided to remove the tub and create a large, tiled and easily accessible shower. They also decided to add new painted, open-storage shelving.

PLUMBING FIXTURES: The new bathroom included brushed nickel plumbing fixtures including Kohler Forte wide-spread vanity faucets, a matching Kohler Forte shower head and faucet with a diverter for a stationary hand-shower, and a comfort-height toilet.

FLOOR TILE: The existing vinyl flooring was replaced with Panaria Whitestone 18” x 18” porcelain tile on a diagonal pattern with antique white grout.

SHOWER FEATURES: The new shower walls featured Panaria Whitestone 12” x 12” wall tile, ivory bacello and ogee moldings and sonom tantrum 1” x 1” accent pieces. The mud-set shower floor contained matching 2” x 2” mosaic tile. A new corner bench was installed and a recessed storage niche was placed on the inside of the half wall of the shower. Finally, a new frameless 3/8” thick heavy clear glass door with brushed nickel hardware was installed including a towel bar to function as the door handle.

FINAL RESULTS: The homeowner was pleased with the overall results and commented, “There’s just so much more room … and it is all usable space. We couldn’t be happier with the newly found functionality and aesthetics … the tile has such a warm look to it.”

Thinking about removing your large garden tub? Schedule a free consultation with one of our designers today! Just click here, or give us a call at 317-846-2600.

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