As part of a complete house makeover, West Vancouver-based Interior Solutions Design Group designer Tiffany Karlson was asked to turn an unused bedroom into a luxurious master bathroom, and to upgrade the guest bathroom into a more welcoming space.
Explains Karlson: “The clients wanted a natural and modern West Coast look highlighting simplicity, balance and warmth. Influenced by Asian design, they wanted the home to have a serene and calm “Zen-like” feel with a clean, linear style.”
The vacant bedroom of the 1970s North Vancouver house provided ample space to add the ensuite bathroom and a walk-through closet to the master bedroom. The new spa-like master bath features a Japanese soaker tub, tile-based shower with frameless glass enclosure and rain shower, twin under-mounted sinks and a three-inch thick granite counter top.
One challenge, according to Karlson, was the over-sized, 45-inch high soaker tub. It was so large it had to be brought in through a window and so high that Karlson had a solid-wood Asian-inspired stool custom made to allow the owners to reach the tub. It also required the installation of a larger hot water tank.
The tub sits on a granite deck with millwork wrapping that blends into a full-height cabinet with open shelving that serves as a backdrop for the toilet. All millwork was done in a riff-cut white oak laid horizontal, with one and half-inch black reveals around the tub to create interest as well as mimic and modernize the look of a traditional Japanese soaker tub.
Large format 12-inch by 24-inch porcelain tiles in black, grey and white, were used for the flooring, atop a heated floor warming system. Kohler fixtures, including a low-flow toilet, and faucets were specified.
In the guest bath, the vanity, which has the same millwork as in the master bath, sits in front of a feature wall tiled in a linear naturally tumbled marble tile. The guest bath, Karlson explains, mirrors elements from the rest of the renovation, but was designed with a unique palette to make it a special space that would give guests a sense it was created just for them.
The new Evoke sink from Kohler sits like a work of art on three-inch thick marble countertops. The floor of the frameless glass enclosure shower is a profusion of leaves in tumbled marble, reflecting the room’s colour palate. The walls of the shower feature 12-inch by 18-inch porcelain tiles in charcoal grey with mauve highlights, colours that are repeated in the wall tiles and counter top. •