A remodel during the 1970s combined two closets to create a master bathroom in this Kalamazoo, Mich., home. In a recent remodel, the homeowners sought to update the bathroom’s cabinetry and fittings to create a retreat tailored to their lifestyle.
The couple was willing to give up the master bath’s tub for a luxury shower — they have a tub in another bathroom for their young children. Local remodeler Bob DeHaan, of DeHaan Remodeling Specialists, did the remodel. He says that, when removing a tub — even if it’s the only bathtub in the house — most of his clients are remodeling for their lifestyle and that resale value is less of a concern. He also points out that replacing the tub with a shower increases the standing space: “It’s almost double that of a curved and contoured tub.”
With their overlapping morning routines, the owners wanted two sinks in their remodeled bathroom. DeHaan was able to accommodate a second sink by installing a shorter vanity in place of the existing one, moving the toilet into the available space, and repositioning a radiator. “We put a towel bar on the side of that new vanity cabinet so the towels can get warm from the radiator,” he says.
He took advantage of a closet next to the toilet to add a 24-inch deep cabinet to provide more storage. DeHaan also asked his custom cabinet company, Great Northern Cabinetry, to create a suite of cherry cabinets for the vanities, a storage unit, and to fit the cabinetry around the stacked washer/dryer.
—Nina Patel, senior editor, REMODELING.