Don’t tell the other rooms, but bathrooms are my favorite to design.
They have all the fun elements of a kitchen (my second-favorite) without the technicalities required in designing kitchen cabinets.
The Greenfield master bathroom, in particular, was a total treat to dream up. On some decisions, I stayed within my comfort zone – or rather, let’s call it my signature aesthetic. The neutral color scheme, the juxtaposition of masculine and feminine shapes, the combination of brass and chrome – these elements can be seen in most rooms that I design – including the Greenfield master bathroom.
However, I wanted to elevate this space to the next level, and that calls for stepping outside the comfort zone. Innovation requires risk, as they say, and I’m happy to report that I love seeing it all come together.
But before we talk about what’s to come, let’s take a virtual tour of the Greenfield master in all of its “before” glory. I took these photos at our very first walk-through, so a couple things – like ceiling and door paint, door hardware, etc. – have changed since then.
Let’s address the problem areas.
There’s a lot to take in, isn’t there?
The jetted tub, the green tile and paint, the dilapidated vanity with mismatched and missing hardware, the block glass window – it’s all so sad and so dated. The Greenfield Remodel was built some time in the mid- to late-90s. I can’t recall off the top of my head. But as you can see, nothing has changed since then. The entire neighborhood – although very pretty – has cookie-cutter houses. So, differentiating is a priority for us.
As with most of our projects, ROI is the first factor we look at when considering whether or not to update something. Some projects simply aren’t worth the investment, because they don’t translate into a higher selling price. Granted, the market right now is so insane, that we could easily sell the Greenfield as is – but that wouldn’t be reflective of our standards.
Speaking of standards, we are very meticulous with the houses we remodel and sell. It’s about more than just creating the perception of improvement; I redesign each house as if I’m redesigning for myself and our family. Oftentimes, I sort of am, seeing how we live in many of the houses that we ultimately sell.
All that to say, aesthetics, form and function are also very important factors. To learn more about how we’re able to balance that with profit, check out my post on our most-asked questions about property investing.
So, what will we keep, and what will we change?
The vanity, sinks, faucets, toilet, tile, paint color, lighting, bathtub and hardware will get replaced. The only item that is staying is the shower insert. We’re also keeping the existing layout, since no reason to alter it. Besides, there’s not much space to get creative with the footprint due to the bathroom being a pass-through to the closet.
Although somewhat controversial, I prefer this bathroom and closet configuration. We designed the same pass-through layout in our very first house, the Strelkov Bungalow, and I remember at the time doubting my design choices. I quickly fell in love with it, though. Living with that layout made me realize just how convenient it is. I’m also contemplating taking off the closet doors at the Greenfield Remodel and leaving just the doorway, since it’s always open anyway. It would free up some visual weight, too.
Let’s also mention what I do love about this space – because that’s important, too.
First of all, the room size is great. Not only does it fit a 72″ double vanity but also a shower and a tub, whereas most master bathrooms typically have one or the other, or a combo of the two. A freestanding bathtub may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but you can’t argue the level of luxury it adds to a room. The Greystone master bathroom won’t have space for a freestanding tub, and I’m already missing this one, ha!
Next, look at all that natural light in the photos! Granted, it’s coming from a block glass window, which is reminiscent of the 80s. I understand the privacy factor, but oh how I wish a new bathroom window was in the budget. On the plus side, all windows in this house are Andersen, which is considered one of the best brands. What’s more, I recently came across articles on both Architectural Digest and Domino.com saying that the block glass look is coming back.
Last but not least on my list of positives – although it’s technically separate from the bathroom – is that aforementioned, large walk-in closet. In an ideal world, I would upgrade the wire shelving to wooden built-ins, but custom closets are one of those home improvement projects that aren’t worth the ROI.
But never say never! Depending on how long we stay in this house, I may splurge on a built-in closet, too.
So with all that, here’s the Greenfield master bathroom moodboard.
Gray Ceramic Floor Tile | Brass Ribbed Glass Sconces | Modern Freestanding Tub | Brass Fluted Cabinet Knob| Waffle Print Towels | Chandelier | Gold Accent Table | Freestanding Tub Filler Faucet | Large Brass Pill-Shaped Mirrors | Chrome Faucet | Beige Back Tab Drapes | Paint Color: “Chantilly Lace” by Benjamin Moore | Double Vanity with Black Granite Top
Now, let’s talk about the beautiful changes that are coming.
Overall, this bathroom is very basic. There’s absolutely nothing “wow” about it – and I’m going to change that.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this type of renovation (in case you’re planning something similar), I’m including our to-do list, below. Share your thoughts in the comments section if something specific interests you, so I can be sure to write a post on it.
For the Greenfield master bathroom, our to-do list includes:
- Demo: vanity, jetted tub, plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, tile, toilet, towel rods, etc.
- Update electrical for three sconces in the vanity area; install sconces. I’m so excited to be working with Kichler on updating the lights in this space. I’ll share more in the reveal post, but suffice it to say these fluted glass sconces are the prettiest. They remind me of something you’d find in a Parisian cafe – and you know I’m all about that aesthetic.
- Update can lights.
- Decide on and order lighting fixture for above the tub. Do you remember how we switched out can lights over the tub in the Edgmon master bathroom for a beautiful chandelier? I’m still debating whether I want to do the same for this project. My hesitation stems from the Greenfield Remodel having standard 8-foot ceilings, whereas the Edgmon Ranch had vaulted ceilings in the master bathroom, which allowed for more clearance for a statement light. I originally included one chandelier in the moodboard, but then we ended up installing it in the bedroom. So now I’m considering the “Aster” chandelier from Kichler Lighting, which actually matches the sconces I’m using. I’m not a fan of lighting being from the same collection in one room – but these look different enough to feel interesting.
- Paint ceiling, walls, trim and doors. As I mentioned, some of the painting has already been done – specifically the ceiling and doors. For the walls, I’m going with my favorite white – “Chantilly Lace” from Benjamin Moore. It’s the same shade of white I’ve used throughout the entire Greenfield Remodel.
- Install new vanity, sinks and faucets. Can you even believe this beautiful vanity was ready-made?! It’s such a beautiful, high-quality statement piece that looks like it was custom made. FYI: It’s currently 30% off!
- Hang mirrors. I chose these extra-tall, pill-shaped mirrors for several reasons. I am obsessing over this dramatic look. It combines the feminine lines of a round mirror while adding so much height to the room. Playing with proportions allows you to do something interesting and visually impactful.
- Install new hardware on the vanity. The vanity came with existing black pulls, but I wanted to tie in brass from elsewhere in the room. I’ll be working with Belwith Keeler, a leading cabinet hardware brand that’s been specializing in refined elegance since 1893. More info to come! I love the subtle texture on these knobs; it’s the perfect nod to the fluted sconces and fits perfectly with the overall Art Deco mood.
- Order the tile, grout and mortar; then tile the floors. Originally, I thought I’d use the same tile as I did in the Edgmon master bathroom (pictured in the first photo), but then I came across this beautiful option from Floor & Decor and loved it more. I love how the pattern is a bit more soft and feminine. It ties in the other rounded elements in the room. Plus, the large format will be so much easier to install!
- Install, caulk and paint baseboards and shoe molding.
- Order and update the shower plumbing fixtures.
- Resurface the shower insert.
- Clean, style and stage in preparation for real estate photos. I’m not completely set on the gold accent table – although it is currently more than $20 off! I do want to incorporate some sort of side table if there’s enough clearance around the door. A light or mid-range wood table would be great, too, adding a bit of texture. Maybe I’ll find an antique one on Facebook Marketplace!
Finally, let’s move on to everyone’s favorite part: renderings of the room!
I think I’ve done enough talking for one blog post (or five), so I’ll let you take in this beauty in silence.
Leave your responses, questions, and concerns in the comment section, below. Don’t forget your ideas, too! I’d love to hear your opinions on the elements I’m still indecisive on!
I’ll be back oh-so-soon with another update from the oh-so-fun world of renovations.