When a Voorheesville couple decided to give their master bathroom a much needed facelift, they contacted the experts at Andrea Langford Designs to tackle the project. Knowing they planned on staying in their home, the couple wished to modernize the bathroom and improve functionality of the space so they could comfortably age in place. The current bathroom had been designed in the 80s. As such, there were many flaws that decreased the function of the bathroom. For instance, there was a significant lack of storage space to keep bathroom essentials like towels and toiletries organized. Also, the vanity was set at a low 30” height, which made using the sink difficult for a taller gentleman. The couple gave Andrea the following requests for their bathroom redesign:
- Increase the shower size
- Remove the extremely large, unused tub
- Maintain separate sinks, but increase storage space
- Increase lighting in the bathroom
- Update flooring, cabinetry, fixtures, and finishes to give the space a more modern look
Bathroom Renovation on a Budget
Given the amount of work the bathroom renovation called for,
the budget was pretty tight. This forced Andrea Langford to be creative with both the design layout and materials she chose to stay on budget and give the homeowners everything they wanted. Her first major cost-saving decision was to keep the plumbing for the toilet and sinks in the same area. Moving these items can be a difficult and costly process. By keeping the locations the same, Andrea was able to focus the money on other more pressing updates. She also chose some stylish, mid-priced Delta fixtures for the bathroom that would look great without breaking the budget. The shower was finished with wall panels and a standard door opposed to tiles and a custom door. This gave the homeowners the large, low-maintenance shower they wanted while staying on budget. Finally, Andrea saved some additional funds by choosing not to recess the medicine cabinets above the sinks.
The result of the bathroom redesign was a functional space that the couple could relax in. The blue and taupe color scheme gave the room a serene feel. To give the space a larger feel, porcelain floor tile was laid down in an offset diagonal pattern. To top the design off, a beautiful quartz counter top was chosen for the vanity. This counter is not only stunning, but durable and easy for the couple to maintain.
Unique Bathroom Features to Increase Functionality
All of the budget savings allowed Andrea to implement some unique design features that made the new bathroom design more functional and user friendly. For example, the custom Rutt Regency bathroom cabinetry gave the homeowners all the storage they were looking for, and included a tall linen cabinet complete with a built in laundry hamper. In the shower, Andrea implemented a sliding seat allowing the homeowners to choose which side of the shower they wanted the seat on, or take it out all-together depending upon their needs. Kohler medicine cabinets above the sinks featured an adjustable magnifying mirror on the inside to make shaving or applying make-up easier. The new bathroom also included a heat vent system in the ceiling that blows warm air into the room. This design consideration is much appreciated during the cold winter months.