Master Bathroom Remodel

At the end of October, we started our Master Bathroom remodel. You can see the before pictures in all their carpeted glory here. This was a complete gut job, and one we hired a contractor to complete. I knew exactly how I wanted the bathroom to look but we needed a bit of expertise on how much we could expand the shower. I handed my vision over to the company we worked with then met one of the owners at a local store the company works with where I picked tile, counter tops and finishes. Things like the bathtub were pretty easy – there were only a few tubs that would fit the footprint we needed it to fit, so we had limited options, and love the tub we ended up with. For cabinetry, I specified white, shaker-style cabinets and a cabinet between our sinks, the cabinet company sent us a mock-up, I had them add feet to it, and we were off and running. It was a pretty seamless process (to get started).

The remodel took about five weeks, plus an additional month waiting for a replacement cabinet for between our sinks to come in (though we could use our bathroom for that unforeseen extra month, so it wasn’t a huge deal). It should have taken about 2 weeks (plus another 1 -2 for the shower glass to come in), but there were a couple hiccups along the way. It all worked out in the end, and we are so thrilled with the final result. The biggest luxury we added was in-floor heat. I still brace myself every time I step foot on the tile, and then realize it’s warm and throw a little party in my head. And that freestanding tub, it’s a dream. So pretty and simple – I was a little hesitant to lose the big (eyesore) corner tub that I could easily bathe all my kids in, but this tub has plenty of room for the kids…and Quattro when he arrives. There were other things we added that just made the room. When the cabinet plans came through, I asked if we could add simple feet so that it would look more like a piece of furniture. We replaced all of the baseboards and trim in the room with simple wide trim. It’s exactly what I envision for the rest of our house – someday.  I love our concrete style tile floors. I wanted gray plank tile flooring, but I specifically wanted a more concrete looking tile, not a wood grain tile. Turns out, the wood look has saturated the flooring market and it’s really hard to find plank tiles that don’t have a wood look. It took a long time to find something that fit my vision, but when I saw this tile, I knew it was perfect. Our gray quartz counters remind me of our quartz counters in our old kitchen, though they’re a bit lighter gray and made by a different brand I can’t recall. In fact, I’m sorry to say I don’t know the brands or names of most of these things – I picked what I liked, physically handed my choices to the contractor, and they ordered them.

Enough talk, let’s just get to the pictures.




When B and I were shopping before we hired the contractor to get an idea of what we’d be spending on materials, I realized that B was very drawn to everything modern, and I was drawn to more traditional elements. I loved the classic, almost throw-back faucets, while B loved the ones where you could see water pouring out. I loved classic white subway tile, B loved the big modern tiles we saw. So, we compromised. We went a little bit modern, a little bit traditional. We picked a modern version of white subway tile – 4 x 12 with gray grout to make the tile really pop. Instead of a classic clawfoot tub, we went with a more modern freestanding pedestal tub that has a nod to traditional elements, but is sleek. The gray quartz counters add a more modern edge than the marble-esque quartz I also love would have. We went with classic cup pulls (from Pottery Barn) and more traditional fixtures (the Cassidy collection from Delta), but in shiny chrome. I think this bathroom was a perfect exercise in blending two preferences and coming up with a bathroom we both adore.

I added some natural texture and warmth to the room in the form woven shades, a woven waste basket and a rustic basket for holding our TP. I knew that with the gray and white room, we could easily end up with a cold feeling room. But adding the natural texture and a bit of brown helped to warm up all the cool tones.

All the hiccups that come with a project behind us, we are beyond thrilled with the result of our bathroom. It’s by far the nicest room in our house now and has me scheming big time and dreaming about things we could do to the rest of the house. Maybe someday – right now all of our extra saving will likely go to a minivan. Because, Quattro.


  1. Oh, I LOVE it! Gray is my favorite neutral and this one is just fantastic. I love everything about it. You have awesome taste!

  2. Oh wow, this is a DREAM bathroom, Emily! I love it! You’re totally right about the natural textures warming up the grey. Gorgeous!

  3. Centsational Girl says:

    Absolutely beautiful, I love all the choices here, modern, fresh, yet warm and inviting too!

  4. Where is the tub from? I thought you shared before, but I can’t seem to find the source. Thanks Emily!

  5. That bathroom totally rocks.

  6. I love your bathroom. What type of flooring did you use?

  7. Love this! Do you know the dimensions of your shower? Right now, ours is insanely large (somewhere around 6×6) and at some point, we’re planning on redoing the bathroom, and I’d like to make it a more realistic size 🙂 I figure we can make it feel bigger with seamless glass like yours, and I’m seriously in love with the shelf/seat (we’re also missing that, and shaving my legs has gotten harder as I’ve gotten more pregnant).

  8. This. Looks. Incredible. I mean, every choice. Just perfection. It truly looks like something out of a magazine.

  9. I’ve had “Read Emily’s bathroom blog post!!!” on my to do list for days now & here I am 😉 I LOVE IT. Words aren’t enough to convey how much I love it. Just the perfect blend of trad, mod, chic, practical. The customized touches like adding feet to the cabinets–GENIUS. The long subway shower tile is such a great twist on the classic….I really want to do this in our master shower.

    Flawless, my friend!!!


  10. Hi. Do you know the color of the paint?

  11. Ruth Struble says:

    What is the name of your bath tub and where did you get it? Love the room. We have ours torn out after a major flood….2.5 feet of water. This exactly how I was drawing out our new floor plan.

  12. You’re a bathroom remodel is amazing! I was so excited to find it because my master is the exact same layout. I’ve wanted to do a freestanding tub, but I wasn’t sure how it would look as a corner tub. Seeing your post has me itching to get started. I would love to hear about more details. I’m also curious about the brand and size of your tub.

  13. Michelle says:

    Oh I hope I’m not too late for you to respond to a question about this post! We are in the middle of planning for a master bath remodel and I’m about ready to tear my hair out! Can you share the dimensions of your shower? And your tub?
    You’ve done a really beautiful job. Thank you for inspiring me! (and giving me hope that all will turn out well…)

  14. Love your bathroom. Do you happen to know the dimensions of it? Thanks you!

  15. Love your bathroom. Do you know the dimensions of your bathroom? We are remodeling and I’m hoping I can put my tub on an angle like this. Thank you.

  16. I agree with all,the other post, beautiful bathroom. What dimensions are the shower and tub?

  17. Joelyn Martin says:

    Hello, how much is this project if you don’t mind asking? Because we literally have same exact bathroom as you.

    • I hope you can understand why I wouldn’t want to share exact numbers 🙂 , but this project had a significant budget due to all the changes we wanted to make (Keeping the layout and cabinetry, maybe even the tub would have been a more affordable option for sure). This was not a small undertaking and the materials alone made the budget a pretty big one, plus we hired out all the labor. It was definitely a project we had to save for 🙂

  18. I love your bathroom. We have the same carpeted master bath and I would love to replace it with tile. The problem is the room would then get too cold. What kind of floor heating did you use?

    • Thank you! They laid down a radiant floor heat mat (so runs off electric) in our bathroom under the tile — super affordable because we had a circuit available for it thanks to the removal of the big jacuzzi tub.


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