Remember a while back when I mentioned I wanted to redo my master bathroom? Well I have been thinking about it for the last few months and I think I figured out a better floor plan.

Here is the current floor plan for our master bathroom:

The main issues I have with this layout/setup are:

  1. The shower is a bit small (especially for Jim, he is constantly hitting his elbows on the door or walls.
  2. In order to get the laundry baskets out of the large closet, I have to do quite a bit of maneuvering to get around all those doors and out of the bathroom!
  3. There is not quite enough towel bar.
  4. I would love to have a vanity with more drawers to store all my stuff (hairdryer, brushes, etc.)

Some of the challenges I faced when trying to come up with a new layout were:

  1. Trying to keep as many fixtures in the same place as possible to keep plumbing costs down.
  2. Working around the window. (didn’t want it in the shower or with the sink under it – then there wouldn’t be room for a mirror)
  3. Working around the parts of the wall that jut out from the master closet.
  4. What to do with the space behind where the door opens.

Here is what I came up with:

In this layout, the small closet is completely taken out to make way for the enlarged shower (36 inches wide by 48 inches long) I would probably make a half wall next to the toilet, or I could also make the entire shower enclosure be a custom glass surround/door like pictured below. (this would surely be expensive, but would open up the room so much, it might just be worth it.)

The new closet spaceor possibly a floor to ceiling cabinet-would be large enough to get a laundry basket in the bottom and store towels and extra toiletries on the top. I would probably have to custom build some sort of cabinet or door, as the dimensions of this space are not standard.

Probably the hardest part of this bath remodel would be finding (or building) the right vanity. I would like one with several drawers large enough to hold makeup, hairdryer, curling iron, brushes, toiletries, and all Jim’s stuff. I am not a fan of  vessel sinks, and it has been difficult to find a modern vanity without one. The only model I have found that comes close to what I would like is this Vigo bath vanity.

I like the look of a floating vanity but I’m not sure what type of wood/material I would like for my bathroom.

One thing I am sure about it the tile. It has to be interesting.

Here is one of my favorite tile blends from I really like the contrast of the warm and cool colors, as well as the contrast between neutral and colorful tiles. This blend seems to have everything. I could base my whole bathroom design off this tile!

Found on

or perhaps something like this might be better?

Found on

I need to start planning for this remodel now because I have a feeling it is going to be expensive.

Never too soon to start dreaming (and saving), right?

What do you think about the new layout?

Do any of you have custom shower doors? If so, do you like them?






  1. I think the new design has definite possibilities for improvement over what you have now. Re the tile … my personal choice would be the Lush Blend Santa Monica, but the Brio Blend Palisades seems much more “Kate” to me. 🙂 … especially with the colors you already have in your master bedroom and all.

  2. The layout looks nice, and I like the first choice of tile over the second. Seems more appropriate for the period of your house.

    • I agree Olivia,

      I like the first tile best too. And it does seem to work with my 1962 ranch and the color scheme I already have. Nothing set in stone yet, so we will see! Also, not sure if I would use this all throughout the shower or just in a few key places. It might be a little busy if I use too much of it…

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