Crafting two rooms from one transforms a master bathroom
In the ’80s, a black toilet, 4 1/4–inch black tiles and a matching black sunken tub symbolized the height of master-bath masculinity. Although Tony Garcia’s clients wanted some masculine flair in their updated bathroom, these hallmarks dated the space in their Bankers Hill home.
“The goal was to renovate the bathroom within the current footprint and incorporate a modern sensibility while creating a spa-like or luxury hotel-like setting,” Tony says. “We wanted to maximize the floor area to give the illusion of a larger space and provide a more open connection to the bedroom.”
Absorbing a small portion of the hallway allowed for a double pocket door entry nearer the bedroom. Adding a second portal within the bathroom helped create the impression of a far more expansive space. Now, after crossing the threshold, the homeowners experience the master bathroom in sequence, commencing with an area containing twin zebrawood veneer vanities and ending in a secondary room with a spacious shower and soaking tub.
“My favorite part of the design is the use and application of the wave tile at the shower feature wall, shower bench and tub surround,” Tony says. “The hori-zontal movement of the tile mimics the linear movement of the cabinetry’s wood veneer, which was applied horizontally.”
A muted and warm color palette includes walls in a subtle gray tone that coordinates with gray, porcelain flooring.
The drama of breathtaking black was not forgotten, however. Tony brought it in with wall tile above the vanity and in the sculptural wave tiles.