Take a Bathroom and a Laundry From Dated to Dreamy
“After” photos by Rikki Snyder
He swapped cabinets for drawers. (They’re “better than a cavernous space under the sink where you end up storing — and knocking over — big bottles,” he says.) He also replaced the existing mirror and a small medicine cabinet with one large mirrored medicine cabinet. “We took out a little linen closet to make room for a separate shower and tub,” Blum says. “Since I took away that storage, I replaced it with more efficient storage.”
He chose a black vanity to complement the neutral, nature-based colors in the rest of the room.
All products from Lowe’s. Tub: Jacuzzi Mio 2-Person White Acrylic Oval Whirlpool Tub; faux-wood tile: Style Selections Natural Timber Cinnamon Glazed Porcelain; gray tile: Style Selections Mitte Gray Glazed Porcelain; accent wall tile: Desert Quartz Ledgestone
The couple also wanted ledgestone tile and a jetted tub. Blum chose this tile, which mimics the look of stacked stone, to marry the gray and brown tones in the room. “I love the natural look of it,” Thomson says. “It’s like the outdoors have come inside.”
“These homeowners knew exactly what they wanted, and it was a breath of fresh air,” Blum says. “A lot of their inspiration photos contained concrete, so we gave them a porcelain tile that has that look. What appears to be wood on the floor and tub surround is actually a tile.”
On the floor the faux-wood tile covers a new radiant heating system.
Skylight: Velux, Lowe’s
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Comfort is met by invigoration in the shower. The shower fixture is equipped with a rain showerhead and multiple body jets. It’s the perfect thing for this couple, who routinely log 6-mile runs.
Showerhead with body jets: Hansgrohe, Lowe’s
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All products from Lowe’s. Folding workbench: Gladiator; storage cabinet with doors: Gladiator Multipurpose Cabinet; storage cabinet with drawers: Gladiator Multipurpose Cabinet; storage locker: Gladiator Multipurpose Cabinet; wall storage rails: Gladiator Resin Wall Storage Panels; mesh baskets: Gladiator; wire baskets: Gladiator
This was not only the first step, it was also their first remodel. Now that they are renovation veterans, Thomson has some advice: “We only have one bathroom. During this whole process, we used a camping toilet and showered at the gym. My first piece of advice would be to add a second bathroom before you remodel the first,” she says.
“My next piece of advice is to do a lot of research and look at many photos before you begin,” she adds. “That way you will know what you like and what you want.”
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