For this project, we took the existing bathroom and renovated it from a narrow, dark and extremely dated space to a custom bath and sauna room.
The original space had walls with rough sawn, dark wood paneling, flooring covered in green, indoor/outdoor carpet, 1950’s baby blue tile, and a dark wood vanity with a yellow Formica countertop. In addition, the toilet was located in the shower stall, the drop ceiling tiles were water-stained or missing, and all the access doors were rusting, hollow metal door slabs. There was a sauna located at the end of the hall, but it was not functioning.
The goal of the project was to create a custom bath and sauna room with contemporary design elements and add more natural light to the space.
Project Cost: $50,000 – $75,000
- Gutted the entire room back to the block wall and concrete flooring leaving only the sauna enclosure in place.
- Separated the shower and toilet spaces.
- Insulated the floor, walls and ceiling.
- Installed electric radiant floor heating.
- Added clear lacquered bamboo wall paneling as the main wall material to give a clean, low maintenance and “light” surface to brighten the room The bamboo grain along the right-hand wall runs horizontally while the grain on the left-hand wall runs vertically. This complements the orientation of the panels as they were hung on the wall.
- Used large and small slate floor tiles which are warmed by the radiant heating.
- Selected smooth travertine tiles for the shower for a clean finish while complementing the color of the bamboo wall paneling.
- Incorporated glass tile as an accent material at the back of the shower and around the vanity mirror. The glass tile and glass accent bars were set vertically to look like stalks of bamboo.
- Used 3-form “green fern” and “bamboo ring” acrylic paneling as additional accent materials. Paneling was back lit at the vanity and at a display niche along the right-hand wall. Paneling at the shower and door to the pool has enough clarity to allow for ambient light transmission and visibility.
- Installed plumbing fixtures in brushed nickel to match the vanity legs, door hardware and towel hooks.
- Added a depth of color by adding “caramelized” bamboo to the vanity top, shelves and display niche.
“What we design is what we build.”