07/31/2012 07:41 EDT | Updated 09/30/2012 05:12 EDT

Turning a Bedroom into a Bathroom is No Small Feat!

Candice Olson

Barnaby had a tough time purchasing his first home. He scoured the city for appropriate houses, and ultimately found himself in bidding war after bidding war. After losing out on several nice places, he decided to take a new approach: find a cheap house in poor shape and spend the extra money on renovations.

But after discovering one and having it gutted, he found himself in renovation limbo. Construction was dragging on, his contractors were ready to pack it in, and Barnaby had run out of steam. While he would have liked me to step in and tackle the whole house, he settled for help in renovating his dingy, three-by-five foot bathroom. He hoped that finishing just one of his 10 rooms would give him the necessary energy to undertake the rest. So I gathered up my crew and got set to create a modern bathroom that would jumpstart the rest of Barnaby's reno.

Clients usually come to me when they want to update the look of an existing room. However, on this project I had to change the actual function and location of the space, because the existing bathroom was tiny. Luckily, there was a guest bedroom beside the bathroom, so I knocked down the adjoining wall and created one large space.

Then I got down to aesthetics. Barnaby was looking for a modern, boutique hotel vibe, so I chose a palette of cool colours: greys and blues for the walls, tiles and accents, and pure snow white for the fixtures. I chose beautiful sheet flooring with a pewter metallic finish, and put up a stunning mural of an enlarged water droplet on the ceiling.

I then installed a variety of high-tech fixtures. On one side of the room I put in a glass shower enclosure with a rain shower and a handheld shower. On the other side of the bathroom I installed a sculpted, freestanding white quartz tub and put gorgeous grey and white mosaic tile on the wall above. Beside the tub is a high-tech toilet with a heated seat and a self-closing lid. I also installed a beautiful new walnut wood vanity with an ultra modern vessel sink.

Lighting often gets overlooked when people renovate their bathrooms, but not in this case. I created a small bulkhead that runs around the perimeter of the room and houses some recessed lights. I then installed a modern horizontal vanity fixture over the sink and a track behind the bulkhead that will illuminate the tile over the tub. To add a little drama to the tub area I also put in some lighting in the floor. On the ceiling, I put up a fixture with a circular cover plate right in the middle of the graphic.

On the room's small window, I put up a unique and stylish treatment: sleek, stainless steel chain on a track system which provides privacy, but also lets light into the room.

After a few more details -- fluffy towels, nature-inspired accents and toiletries for the modern man -- this bathroom suite was ready.

By way of some redesign and reallocation, luxurious fixtures and finishes, and unique accents and accessories, this former bedroom was transformed into a luxury bathroom that will give Barnaby some renovation reprieve. Now it's one room down and nine more to go!


Bathroom Renovation