Story: Stephanie Maxwell Newton | Photography: Rett Peek |
Anyone who has ever remodeled an older home knows what a challenge small bathrooms can be. In decades past, not all master bedrooms had an en suite bathroom—and if they did, builders tended not to allot them any more square footage than necessary.
Such was the case with the home of Leigh Anne and Charlie Kreps, which is under renovation with the help of designer Chandler Bailey of B. Interiors. “It was definitely not a master bathroom,” Chandler says of the bath connected to the home’s master bedroom. “It was more the size of a small hall bath and was painted a primary blue.” The most puzzling part of the design? A door on the wall opposite the master bedroom actually led into the living room. Chandler and her clients agreed to close off the bathroom from the living space, but in doing so, to also push the bathroom wall back several feet into the living room in order to enlarge the bath’s footprint.
The homeowners were delighted with the idea of additional space in this room. “Leigh Anne definitely wanted a nice soaking tub and space to relax,” Chandler says, “while he wanted a large walk-in shower.” Chandler designed a space that had both, plus a water closet, seated vanity, his-and-hers sinks, and lots of cabinets for storage.
To lighten and modernize the space, Chandler painted the walls Sherwin Williams’ “Dover White” and tiled the floor, tub surround, and shower in white marble with a deep gray veining. A window that used to be a part of the living room now sits above the standalone tub and fills the room with natural light. The result is a master bath that is not only bigger in square footage, but that also feels even more spacious thanks to thoughtful design.
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