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Nautical Master Bathroom Maximizes Its Tub Space

Balding Brothers


  • Nick Balding

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Project Description


 Maximize the functionality of the home’s only bathroom with a tub
 Incorporate the homeowner’s style to reflect the home's coastal location


In many master bathroom remodels, designers and their clients instinctively remove the bathtub to make way for a more functional, spacious bath experience. Remodeler Nick Balding was asked to do the same while retaining the tub. “The master bathroom is home to the only bathtub in the house,” Balding says. “So with one small child and another on the way, the tub was an important feature.”

To improve the layout, a corner tub was replaced with a 6-foot tub along the wall. The shower was also relocated, and a transom window and glass surround ensure the bathing spaces take advantage of natural light. Glass pocket doors also let light filter in, while effectively separating the bathroom from the master bedroom and the master closet. 

To address the client’s comfort, Caesarstone countertops rest on 36 ½-inch-high cabinets for an elevated surface in the grooming area. The custom vanity also features drawer pulls that double as towel bars, and hidden outlets so the homeowners can keep their small appliances plugged in. 

The young and growing family’s coastal North Carolina home called for whimsical touches to round out the design. Clever porthole medicine cabinets and white wood paneling offer a nautical element and a nod to the family dock just outside. 

Judges’ Comments

Acknowledging that all the elements work well together in this new bathroom layout and design, the judges said they appreciated the nod to the nautical, calling the project a “well-done themed re-do without being cliché.” 

Products Used

Bathroom plumbing fittings: Kohler 
Bathroom plumbing fixtures: Kohler 
Countertops: Caesarstone
Flooring: San’Agostino, tile
Lighting fixutres: Minka Group 
Paints/Stains: Benjamin Moore
Windows: Pella

Click to see the 17 other winners in the 2014 Remodeling Design Awards.

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