Colonial Master Bedroom Expansion in historic Glen Ridge!

A recent project involved an addition to a colonial home in Glen Ridge built in 1920.  Back then, the house was considered modern and “state-of the art.”  By today’s standards, however, the Master Bath and two closets in the Master Bedroom just weren’t large enough!

The homeowners wanted a large modern bathroom along with plenty of closet space too!  OK, so as to avoid the “cobbler’s-children-have-no-shoes” scenario, we, the GreenRose Guys, are actually the “homeowners” and our GreenRose Design concept was beautifully executed by one of our favorite local architects!

The plan involved extending the house over the existing “den” (which had formerly been a side porch with a concrete foundation).

Before....3 season porch had been converted to a family room....but the renovation planned the extension out over that.

Previously….a side-porch had been converted to a year round family room…. the renovation planned the extension out over that porch now family room.

After.....the new, upper level created a huge area for the new master closet as well as a study/studio both off the master sleeping area.

After…..the new, upper-level created a huge area for the new master closet as well as a study/studio, both off the master bedroom.

 

This view shows the new private, rear lower porch...off the family den....and the upper porch off the Master Study....as well as a new door from the rear 2nd bedroom

While the addition was exactly the same footprint as the sunroom below, the design also extended the structure to add two wonderful new porches overlooking the rear yard & gardens.  In this shot, taken from the rear of the house, you can see the new upper porch off the master study, (which also serves one of the other two bedrooms on the 2nd floor)…and the new lower porch off the den.  

Now to the inside views….Where two windows were previously, two pocket doors were planned; one would lead to a study with access to the new upper porch.  The other door  (on the right) would lead to the huge new master closet!

Previously two windows looked out over the roof of the side den on the lower level

Previously these two windows looked out over the roof above the den on the lower level

The pocket door on the right leads to the large new walk-in master closet....the pocket door on the left leads to the study/studio with a door leading to the new, upper porch.

The finished addition shows the pocket door on the right (which leads to the new, huge walk-in master closet)….the pocket door on the left leads to the study/studio with a door leading to the new, upper porch.

On the other side of the bedroom, what was previously a hallway (with two original closets on either side – shown below) which led to the original 3 piece bathroom…..vanity, toilet and tiled stall shower…. was transformed.

The two old closets flanked the short hall to the small "prewar" master bathroom

The two old closets flanked the short hall to the small “prewar” master bathroom.  The new plan removed both closets….and reutilized all that space, creating a large, new steam shower with a bench & 3 (hidden) toiletry niches tucked away on the inside wall (on one side) and a large new double vanity on the other.

The new plan took out both closets….and opened up all that space creating a large new steam shower with a bench & 3 (hidden) toiletry niches (on one side) and a large new double vanity on the other.

One of the original master closets on its way to becoming the new steam shower.

One of the original master closets on its way to becoming the new steam shower.

GR newSteamShower

Closet is gone, with a brand new steam shower in place with a limestone “tatami mat”  shower floor.  (Discussed below at the very end of this blog).

Note:  when planning a steam shower, it is a very important to consider whether it is tiled with real stone or with porcelain.  Where you aware that real stone absorbs much more heat and, as such, requires a much larger steam generator than would be required for the same sized steam-shower tiled with porcelain tile?  Real stone requires approximately one and a half times the steam generation to make up for that higher absorption level!  That’s an “issue” to be considered with real stone….which we integrated into this project sparingly for the “tatami matt” floor pattern to which we applied the “1 1/2” principal noted above to our calculation for the appropriately-sized steam generator.

The original location for the single sink and medicine cabinet.....

The original location for the single sink and medicine cabinet…..with an original closet behind…was replaced with…

The custom white Russian oak double vanity with custom built granite trench sink sits under the 3 recessed medicine chests.

The custom white Russian Oak double-vanity with custom-built, granite trough sink which sits under the 3 recessed medicine cabinets.

…. a big new wonderful double lavatory (trough)with 3 recessed, triple medicine chests all framed in a custom built frame, and custom built vanity with plenty of storage!

The area (below), which had previously been a toilet and a tiled shower…

Master Bath Shower B4

The midway point....

progress…the midway point….

New toilet & bidet just before the shoji screens were installed

New toilet & bidet just before the shoji screens were installed

became the new toilet and bidet “room,” later tucked behind floor to ceiling sliding shoji doors (built by the same local craftsman who built the double vanity and medicine chests frame).

Note: The 15 x 31 inch  “sandstone” tile is actually beautiful porcelain tile!  Real sandstone is wonderful, but has some real ramifications, which must be considered…..one of which is that it is very porous.   As a result, being porous and organic render it highly susceptible to mold….which grows very easily in the warm, moist environment found in most bathrooms.  With this beautiful “ceramic version” of sandstone, that issue is avoided.  We achieved the look of real stone…..without the shortcomings.

The new sliding shoji doors give privacy and add to the zen-like atmosphere of this beautiful, new master bathroom/spa!

The new sliding shoji doors give privacy and add to the zen-like atmosphere of this beautiful, new master bathroom/spa!

 

 

Glen Ridge Shoji

Ahh.....just beautiful!

…..just beautiful!

One last thing…..the “tatami style” area of the floor is actually a mosaic limestone tile.  We designed the space to include this feature to reduce potential slipping.  Just to the right of the “mat” tile (behind the wall) is the new steam shower to which the same tatami mat tile was used on it’s floor as well.  The close grout lines inherent in the “mat” create a “slip-free” zone, even when completely wet!  Beauty and functionality…all in one place!

When all was done it was exactly what the homeowners, well, exactly what we were looking for…..a large, modern master bath with all the amenities in a serene and zen-like space!  Beautiful!

 

 

 

 

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