The Great Bathtub Debate | Stillwater, MN

The Great Bathtub Debate | Stillwater, MN

One of the questions we get asked the most is “Should we keep the bathtub?”  So many of the homes in our service area were built in the late 80’s or early 90’s and come equipped with an oversized bathtub.  Does this sound familiar?  While the idea of taking a relaxing soak sounds perfectly wonderful, the reality is most of us don’t use these big tubs (except maybe for storage)!  We are seeing so many of our clients elect to remove the tub in place of a larger walk-in shower.  These clients were no exception!

The Problem

These clients reached out to Novare to remodel their original, 1990’s, Master Bathroom.  The bathroom fixtures were completely out of proportion to the size of the bathroom.  One whole side of the bathroom was taken up by a big cast iron tub and oversized linen closet.  The opposing wall had a toilet, small shower, and tiny, single sink, vanity.

The Solution

The first step was to reconfigure the layout of the bathroom.  Since we were removing the tub, we decided to take that space and put in a large, 66” long, walk in shower.  We borrowed some space from the linen closet since it had room to spare.  The toilet remained in its existing location and we were able to fit a 7 ½ foot long vanity, with two sinks, next to it.

The Details

The homeowners liked soothing, cooler tones for in this new space.  The new shower features an off-white ceramic tile with a decorative floral border in a calming turquoise blue.  With the increased footprint, we were able to use larger shower floor tiles, a linear drain and dual shower heads.  Everything is tied in with a bench in Cambria’s Summerhill.

The custom vanity is painted in Ben Moore’s Revere Pewter and the quartz countertops match the bench in the shower.  Polished nickel accessories and cabinetry hardware compliment the other selections.  The vanity light with glass knobs matches perfectly with the medicine cabinet hardware.  Finally, we painted the vanity wall Ben Moore’s Providence Blue and the remaining walls in a lighter palette, Glass Slipper.

The Results

We truly maximized the space in this remodel and gave the homeowners a subtlety elegant Master Bath that will bring them enjoyment for many years to come.