November 9th, 2012

Master Suite Gets French Country Makeover

Project#3: Zen and the Art of Renovation.  Master Suite gets a French Country Makeover

It all started with needing better storage.  Since we were going to build Custom Cabinets for the Bedroom, it was decided that we would create a new matching vanity in the Ensuite and improve the storage in that room as well.  The feel of the Ensuite was to be French Country Spa. A Warm neutral pallete, natural finishes and Elegant French design details combined with opening up the space to give it a fresh, luxurious feel.

A Collage of  Before Pictures of the Master Suite show how storage was a challenge in the existing space as well as how cramped the Master Ensuite was.

I really did not like the location of the toilet and teenie shower, but, we were already renovating other areas of the house and there was a budget to keep in mind.  Initially, the clients wanted to keep the soaker tub that they never used for resale value.  As Zen and the Art of Renovation would have it, when we were removing the tile, it was discovered that the shower drain on the renovation 10 years ago, was improperly installed causing constant leaking into the subfloor.  They were lucky the toilet and shower didn’t end up crashing through the floor.  Since we were now replacing the shower and subfloor, it was decided to spend a bit more to make the most of the Ensuite possible.

The Plan:

The Master Bedroom went dramatic.  The client wanted 2 things.  A crystal chandelier and to use this new Bed Linen set she had just found.

New Master Suite Design Layout


New Master Bedroom Dresser, Wardrobe and Media cabinet

New Master Ensuite Elevations and Tile layout

We repurposed  the bed frame which we painted to match the new dresser, end tables and bench seat that we purchased.  We also kept the botanical prints since they suited the new room design even better than they did the old one.  The vaulted Ceilings begged for a light fixture that was also a work of art.  What better than a Schonbeck chandelier with beautiful Swarovsky crystals.

 The room came together wonderfully and the black theme took the edge off the otherwise feminine design so the husband could feel comfortable in the space as well.

Custom Dresser in corner matches the TV-closet  and Master Vanity Cabinets

TV goes into hiding when not in use.  Pocket Doors allow access to the wardrobe so you can watch your favourite program while getting dressed. You would never guess there is media in this room.

Details add to the dramatic effect. helping strike a balance between masculine and feminine for a Master Bedroom a couple can both enjoy.

The Ensuite:

The Master Ensuite turned into the luxurious space it was meant to be.  By eliminating the corner shower and tub, the Ensuite became much roomier and visually open. Turning the toilet so the access was much easier gave us a reason to create a display niche and add a mirror to help with opening the space up even more.

Marble inlay tile floor and walls with coordinating slab Marble countertops and shelves.

New luxurious shower features marble bench seat, inlaid basketweave marble shower base, Rain shower head as well as shower head with extension bar and hose.  Who needs a soaker tub you never use when you can shower in such comfort every day.

New Master Vanity with mirrored cabinet doors.  The clients were used to the mirror that spanned the length of the cabinet so to help with keeping the open feeling on that wall, I mirrored the cabinet doors using a bevelled detail in keeping with the French theme.

In order to accommodate the new plumbing in the shower, we had to build out the wall.  Since we only needed to run the plumbing through the lower half, it made a perfect place for a display niche. Mirroring the niche back and using glass shelves added to the spa feeling and kept the space light and airy.

Elegant details like the heating vent, chair rail design, and inlayed basket weave marble mosaic mat and applied moulding cabinetry pulled together the luxurious French Country Spa feel nicely. Archie could now shower in comfort and Candy got the Ensuite she had dreamed of.

3 Responses to “Master Suite Gets French Country Makeover”

  1. Natalie Says:

    This is a beautiful bath remodel. Do you mind sharing the dimensions of the glass enclosed shower?

  2. christineAD Says:

    Thank You for the complement Natalie. The shower at the base from the outside of the threshold to the wall is 39″ wide x 69″ long wall to wall.

  3. Lillian Says:

    I love this shower and it will fit perfectly in my remodeling job. Can you tell me what tile you used? Thanks

Leave a Reply