Spotlight / By Carol Wang / June 21, 2017
Spoiler Alert: Ultimate Spa Bathroom Ahead
Two ‘80s baths combine to become a spa bathroom: a spacious steam room on one end and double bathroom vanities on the other
Project: Combine two cramped bathrooms for a luxurious master spa bathroom retreat.
Before: Leslie lived in her Central Park West apartment for over a decade prior to this renovation. Her husband had purchased the home in the 1980s—a great investment! The baths, however, did not reflect the home’s rise in value. Both the master bath and the powder room next door were mired in ’80s excess: see large squares of dark green tile with white veining, and a huge tub that was inefficient and not to anyone’s tastes. The wall of tiled mirrors and peeling vanity also had to go, and storage was needed.
After: Gutting both bathrooms allowed Leslie and her Sweeten contractor to start fresh with a (spacious) clean slate. As a busy entrepreneur, she wanted a space that was a serene retreat, an oasis after her hectic days. Double sinks and minimalist wall-mounted faucets now provide a soothing spa bathroom to start and end the day. Skinny rectangular accent tiles on the floor tie into the tawny color of the lacquered vanity and full-length medicine cabinet. Recessed and ambient lighting around the edges of the dropped ceiling adds to the calming effect. She installed large-format beige tiles on the floor and the walls of the modern wet room—an open shower space without a shower curb—to complement streamlined but state-of-the-art fixtures in brushed nickel. The enormous wet room—the best design element, in Leslie’s opinion—can serve as a steam room, shower, and bathtub. Leslie said about the renovation: “I wanted the space to feel like a spa, and it does!”
Bonus: The wet room had space for two showerheads, two sets of body sprays, and two overhead rain shower heads, so now “my husband and I don’t have to negotiate who showers when every morning,” Leslie said.
Style finds: Tub, sinks, cabinetry, and mirrors: Duravit. Hardware: Grohe. Toilet: Kohler. Tile: Nemo Tile.
For more “before” photos of Leslie’s spa bathroom, go to Sweeten’s Instagram post here.
Inspired to create your very own spa bath? Consider adding natural stone for its durability, timeless appearance, and luxe factor.
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