The direction from the client, a well-known and well-travelled Greater Vancouver chef, was simple: the master suite renovation had to be masculine, yet warm and inviting, “like a luxury hotel.”
The house, set on ocean view property in Ladner, was certainly worth the upscale upgrade, which was entrusted to veteran contractors Kenorah Construction and Design Ltd., of Delta, and cost $78,000 to complete.
The result proved impressive to judges in the annual Georgie competition, which named it the best master suite renovation in the province for 2006.
The ensuite is part of a whole-house renovation (the kitchen portion was profiled in Home Makeover last summer) yet extra care was taken in this, the busy client’s private sanctuary.
The custom-built limestone and glass shower, for example, features black beauty granite seating and shelving, an oversized Grohe rain head-shower, and multi-head, adjustable body spray system.
The hand-built floating cabinets are lit from beneath and support a custom crafted sink made from travertine marble.
The BainUltra air-jet soaker tub is framed in granite and boasts a view-through gas fireplace perched at one end.
The flooring, warmed by in-floor radiant heating, is finished in large 18-by-36-inch limestone tiles, with African hardwood extending to the bedroom area.
A nod to the environment is found in the reclaimed leaded glass doors that discreetly shield the low-flow dual-flush Caroma toilet and bidet.
Access to the outdoor pool and garden area is through Euroline Tilt-and-Turn French doors.
The natural gas fireplace, wireless remote controlled lighting and high-end audio system add to the sensual and luxurious experiences provided by this makeover space.