Dog-lover Scott has been remodeling his Denver home since he bought it new in 1996. His goal was to slowly reduced the amount of carpet in the home to cut down on frustration from muddy paws. Despite his progress elsewhere in the house, the master bathroom was one space he kept putting off. And, when he started thinking about renovating the master bathroom, the project morphed into a full master suite makeover. Scott’s choice made a lot of sense to him because the floor tile configuration he selected seemed to warrant continuation from the bathroom to the bedroom.
Scott, who describes himself as someone who is “good at tearing things up,” did the bathroom demolition as the project got started. He expected the renovation work to be done fairly quickly, but the timeline expanded every time he changed the scope. He said one challenge for him was determining realistic lead and installation times for custom features such as shower doors, window treatments and cabinetry.
Scott’s master bathroom remodel included new tile floors, a tile tub surround and a tile shower stall. He also replaced the previous vanity with cherry cabinets in a Honey Spice finish and capped it with a granite countertop. One of the textural elements in the bathroom is the plantation shutters on the windows above the tub. Scott ordered them customized to the space, and they were painted in a bright white.
The intricately tiled shower stall is highly visible thanks to the frameless glass shower door Scott selected. The shower space features a continuation of the slate-look tiles used in the rest of the bathroom as well as a stylish accent stripe of mosaic tiles. The floor of the stall includes still another mosaic tile feature.
The most striking feature of the floor installation throughout the master suite space is the pattern that was created during installation. The tiles, which are porcelain but look like natural stone, were set in a French Versailles configuration, which involves an intricate arrangement of tiles of four different sizes. Scott said he happily hired a professional to do that part. He described the grout color-selection process as “a presidential debate,” but he ultimately settled on pewter. The porcelain tiles contain a variety of shades, and Scott pulled out a few to use as paint colors. He selected a darker grey for the bedroom and a lighter shade in the bathroom.
Scott says he learned a lot during this remodeling process, such as the importance of painting the ceiling of rooms before the flooring is installed. He advises homeowners who are considering a similar project to be careful about budget and to have realistic timeline expectations. Scott is now considering his next project while trying to train his dogs to wipe their paws before coming inside.