2017 Remodeling Excellence Award

Soothing, Beach-Inspired Master Bathroom Renovation 

Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan brought her client’s vision to life with this relaxing, master-bath retreat. A mix of soothing, cozy colors give a hint of beachside and the chandeliers give it a bit of sparkle. Now, the homeowner, who is a mother of two young boys, has her own retreat where she can relax and enjoy some quiet time.

Here’s the story of how this space came to be…

The Before

Taking a look at the newly remodeled space, you’d never guess that it was once an uninspired, typical 1990’s master bath. But… picture this… the shower and toilet were crammed into a water closet, the tub was massive,  and the high vaulted ceiling made the room very cold, as all the heat would rise to the vaulted area. The cabinetry was also dated and awkwardly laid out, with a diagonal linen cabinet.





The After

Now, this Hinsdale bathroom has a much better layout and a relaxed, beachy feel. Kathryn removed the water closet and relocated the toilet to the other side of the room. This improved the flow of the room and allowed for a sit-down make-up table, something the homeowner really wanted. The vanity is a double sink and a taller linen closet was added next to it. The shower is larger and the tub went from bulky to sleek. It might seem like a small detail, but the handle placement on the tub was also adjusted.

“We take every need into account when creating a design,” said Kathryn. “With two curious toddlers, the homeowner wanted to avoid giving them access to the bathtub faucet. Therefore, you’ll notice that I placed the tub filler and hand spray at the end of the bathtub, making it harder for them to reach.”

Next up, the vaulted ceiling was revised. The ceiling was lowered for the majority of the bathroom, but now has a deep tray in the center. This created the perfect space for a beautiful statement chandelier. Plus, the height change means the space warmer during cold Chicago winters.

Soft white cabinets framed with driftwood, white oak stained end panels and a porcelain floor tile with a sandy tone helped give a beachy feel. Decorative light fixtures, including a large chandelier, brought light and sparkle into the space. The shower wall also adds some drama with a stone mosaic tile.

Now, this mother can begin and end her day in her sanctuary. She not only loves her new space, but the judges from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) loved it too. The bathroom renovation received a Remodeling Excellence Award for its well-executed design.

Set up an appointment with Kathryn to start designing your sanctuary. Or, register to attend an upcoming workshop to learn more about renovating your home. You can also find more design ideas by visiting the Normandy Photo Gallery or following Normandy Remodeling on Facebook and Instagram.



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