2017 Remodeling Excellence Award

Master Bath Renovation in a Chicago High Rise

Empty nesters in a downtown high-rise were looking to upgrade their master bathroom in a major way. Their wish list included a high-end design, a larger shower, more storage and technology upgrades. Normandy Designer Liz Reifschneider delivered with a luxurious space that fits the style and fast-paced rhythm of downtown living.

First things first, the tub was traded for storage and a larger, walk-in shower.

“I’m often asked whether or not it’s okay to remove the bathtub in a master,” said Liz. “It’s important to think about what’s right for your lifestyle. If you don’t use your tub, removing it can allow for some flexibility in the design.”

“That was the case for this couple,” added Liz. “Removing it gave us the space for a walk-in shower, linen storage and more counter space.”

In addition to removing the tub, some extra square footage was found behind the shower during demolition.
“We were working within the existing footprint of the shower, so finding an additional 24” of unused space was a nice surprise,” said Liz. “Based on this finding, we ordered additional tile and developed a new tile layout.”

“We also moved the showerhead to the back wall, making it a walk-in shower.”

The bathroom now has plenty of usable storage, including a tall linen cabinet and three drawers. There’s also more counter space for extra toiletries and miscellaneous items. The vanity also makes a statement. Look closer and you’ll see a television hidden inside the mirror. Speakers were also added to the ceiling, making it easy to catch up on current events while getting ready for the day.

Lighting is important, especially in the bathroom. To give the best options for light, all of the lighting was placed on dimmers. This means lighting can easily be adjusted based on the mood or time of day. A combination of can lights and the very slender LED lights at the vanity offer adequate lighting for the entire space.

Lastly, the tile chosen for this space gives a luxurious feel. While it looks like stone, it is actually porcelain, which means it is easy maintenance. The flooring and sections of the shower walls also have a herringbone pattern to them, which is very on-trend right now.

The style and function of this bathroom earned it a Remodeling Excellence Award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) of Chicago. This award is held each year and recognizes various remodeling projects, including interior and exterior.

Are you ready to add some style and function to your home too? Set up a time with Liz to discuss your master bathroom or kitchen. You can also gather design ideas by follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook and Instagram or by visiting the Normandy photo gallery. Or, register to attend an upcoming workshop to get even more detail about design and the remodeling process.