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).
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!
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 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.
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.
…. 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…
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.
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!