How to turn a 1980s bath into a spa retreat

Downsizing presents some unique challenges, not the least is where to relocate. Our homeowner chose a condo close to her family and set out to create a “happily ever after” home base from which she could travel the world.

But first, she needed to update the 1980s bath. 

The existing bathroom felt closed off and small. We eliminated a small hall and closet to expand the bathroom, which created an open, light-filled space with room for a separate tub and shower. 

Gray and white tiled bathroom with granite counter

Larger tiles meant there would be less grout – and less maintenance! The floor tiles are 12 x 24 inches, the shower walls and wainscotting 8 x 20 inches. The shower floor is covered with 3-inch squares. The shower curb matches the wall tile for a cohesive look

accessible shower with white and grey tile

The framed soffit over the shower not only defines the space but allows room for adding an overhead light. See the tile on the shower ceiling?  It is the best way to prevent moisture damage. Plus, the shower floor is pitched so water won’t escape and flood the rest of the room.

Wall mounted and hand held shower heads

Two heads are better than one, especially when it comes to the shower! See that low shelf in the corner, it’s a toe hold for shaving legs. Small details can really mean a lot!

Framed mirror and wall lights over a vanity

The “bling and crystals” lights, statement mirror, and tapestry add style and personality to the roomThe vanity is custom from Northland Cabinets; the “thunder gray” vanity top is custom from Paramount Granite. 

Large freestanding tub below a tapestry wall hanging

What could be more inviting than this large, freestanding soaking tub? The tub fills from the floor rather than a wall-mounted faucet, which frees up options for placement in the room. 

Decorative statement mirror over custom vanity

The final result? This beautiful bathroom is now a haven where the homeowner can retreat daily to restore, relax, and enjoy the calm of a well-designed space.