Our Master Bathroom & Spa Shower Plans

reader-question-log.jpg Marci wrote:

My gosh, you have described the VERY bathroom I’ve been looking for as we prepare to build in the spring. Do you have a photo yet? Would love a space just as you described. Sounds lovely!!”

Here’s what we have so far…


Our Uniquely Designed Bathroom & Shower

The closest I have to a picture at this point is the following diagram.

It shows one of the preliminary plans for our master bathroom and shower area:

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You will notice that there is a floating wall in the center, which serves as the base for a sink on either side. One is a “shaving sink” to accommodate Jim’s daily ritual. The other is a wide-top pedestal sink.

Specifically with regard to the shower area, there is also a corner seating bench, a window for air and natural light (wide & narrow, rather than tall and skinny as currently shown), 2 built-in niches for shower supplies, and some ceramic/tile towel hooks at the entrance to the shower (in the dry area).

In this plan, the showerhead is placed on the shortest part of that floating wall — in the very back.

Actual Bathrooms That Inspired Our Design

Our master bathroom was designed after looking through far too many home magazines and watching way too many DIY tv shows (mostly the HGTV network).

Here are some of the photos which inspired our “dream bathroom”:

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as seen in This Old House, November 2004

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as seen on HGTV

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as seen in This Old House, May 2005

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as seen in This Old House, May 2005

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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  • Twinkletoes3000

    Great design. The bathroom/shower design that you guys chose is very unique. I have remodelded my bathroom recently and I found some great granite vanity tops by a company called Jackson Stoneworks at Lowes. I had two of them custom-made to my specs, and still got them in less than 10 days. Great find.