Brooklyn homeowners Ben and Therese described the style of their old bathroom as "Hilton bathroom gone wrong." It felt cramped and outdated, and the molded tub and beige tile just didn't match their style. They both knew what they wanted — a modern, functional space that would reflect their personal tastes — but they weren't sure exactly what that would look like. So they started doing research. Lots and lots of research.
Ben and Therese did so much research that they decided to tackle the design of the space themselves. They built a model in Google Sketchup to help them envision what the finished bathroom would look like, and then, once they were satisfied with their choices, they started looking for a contractor who could make their dream bathroom a reality.
They turned to Sweeten, a New York-area resource that connects homeowners with designers, builders, and contractors, and were matched with Sweeten Expert Aleks, who was able to knock out the renovation in just four weeks.
The new bathroom is streamlined and modern, but with a touch of color to keep things interesting, thanks to the Moroccan-inspired floor tiles. And without moving any walls or plumbing, Ben and Therese were able to create a bathroom that feels larger and has more storage to boot. Here's how they did it:
- Replacing the tub with a walk-in shower allowed space for a bigger cabinet to the right of the shower enclosure.
- Recessing the new medicine cabinet into the wall saves a precious few inches of space.
- The new recessed cabinet continues over the toilet, doubling the amount of storage space available. And because the cabinet is recessed into the wall, you don't have to worry about banging your head.
- The minimal design of the new sink makes the bathroom feel much more open.
Ben and Therese are very happy with their new bathroom — and even little Enzo, the dog, has given it his seal of approval.
To read more about the renovation, check out the project page on Sweeten.