Designers: Alexandria Hubbard and MJ Englert of Case Design/Remodeling
Location: Washington, D.C.
Size: 64 square feet (6 square meters); 8 by 8 feet
Homeowners’ request. A brighter master bathroom with a more open floor plan.
Floor tile. Concrete tile with various Moroccan-inspired patterns that read as one pattern.
Designer secret. “Nobody likes turning the shower valve on and having the cold water pour down on them before they get into the shower,” designer Alexandria Hubbard says. “One designer secret we incorporated into this space is the location of the shower valve. We wanted to keep in mind where our client would step in and turn the water on versus the shower head placement. We had two things to consider. We had to keep the shower head in the existing location, and to keep costs down wanted to hinge the shower glass off of a wall. So the compromise? We separated the shower valve and shower head by putting them on opposite walls, so a person could open the shower door, turn the valve on and wait for the water to heat up without having to get wet.”
“Uh-oh” moment. “Working in a condo building can be tricky, as it is not always possible to move water and drain lines,” designer MJ Englert says.“The toilet was on an exterior wall, and we could not move the toilet stack from the floor into the wall — discovered after demolition. We had to pad out the wall behind the toilet to allow for the plumbing, and we decided during construction to only build the wall halfway up to allow a shelf for storage and display and a nice place to hide an outlet.”
Tile: Tangier, Fez and Marrakesh patterns in Baltic color, Eastern Promise collection, Ann Sacks; sink: Wymara, MTI
Designer: Lindsey Zugelder of Rockwood Custom Homes
Location: Rocky View County, Alberta, Canada
Size: 286 square feet (27 square meters); 13 by 22 feet
Homeowners’ request. Play off an Eastern design theme found elsewhere in the house.
Floor tile. Large-format black-and-white mosaic resembling a kilim rug style. “The tile takes on a Persian rug feel to make a statement while making the bathroom feel warm and cozy,” designer Lindsey Zugelder says.
Tile: kilim mosaic in black, Stone Tile; hardware: Emtek; lighting: Arteriors; plumbing fixtures: Kallista; countertops: white quartz, Stone Selection
Designer: Jennifer Morris ofJMorris Design
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Size: 35 square feet (3.3 square meters)
Homeowners’ request. Get rid of a freestanding tub and pedestal sink, and strip the old, dysfunctional bathroom to the studs to create a brighter, happier space with a larger shower.
Floor tile. Cement with a wavy aqua-and-gray pattern. “The floor tile was the first thing we selected, and it was so pretty and bold, we picked support tiles and fixtures that wouldn’t compete,” designer Jennifer Morris says.
Other special features. Porcelain shower floor tile. Large white wall tile. Skylight.
Designer secret. “The house is prewar, which you get a hint of from the radiator,” Morris says. “We carefully picked the shower body and faucet to give nods to this style and have traditional lines.”
Floor tile: cement, Waterworks; shower tile: Daltile; vanity and sink: Ronbow