Metchosin EnsuiteOctober 2015

This client had a clear objective: transform the existing 80's-something bathroom into a west-coast-feel ensuite that took advantage of the space, the view and the already-purchased freestanding tub.

We started with the obvious: in order to position the freestanding tub to take advantage of the fantastic view, we needed to eliminate the oversized structure that held a soaker tub -- it took up approximately half of the available space!

To allow for sufficient space for the new minimalist platform for the new tub, we eliminated the closet.  We made up for this lost storage space by doing a custom vanity with both upper and lower storage.

We made clever use of the budget for this bathroom-to-ensuite makeover.  The client splurged in specific areas where they would really notice the luxury - heated towel rack, beautiful quartzite tiles on the shower walls and tub platform, pot lights, and an enlarged shower stall.

We saved dollars when we used a fabulous laminate counter top that has all the good looks of real stone.  And, rather than installing a heated tile floor, we turned our attention to cork.  However upon careful evaluation of the natural light from the window which would cause fading, we decided on vinyl cork which is affordable, very easy to install and warm underfoot.

This amazing updated bathroom, now a true ensuite, was finished off in a paint colour and tile that captured a natural, west coast feel.

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#1 - Too big; too awkward #2 - Less is more
Here we see the original massive green tile tub that ate up so much of the available space. Plus it was very awkward to get into! After, the new minimalist platform, with its beautiful quartz tile, adds a really earthy, natural feel to the space.
#3 - Linen closet removed #4 - Focus on the floor
We removed this linen closet to create a more open feel, and to fit the big soaker tub. With the closet gone, we turned our focus to the flooring. We used easy-clean, easy-install vinyl flooring that looks like cork, yet wouldn't fade.
#5 - Too many doors! #6 - True ensuite
The second door into the bathroom from the family room was unnecessary. By removing the door, this room also becomes a true ensuite. Plus it now has tons of efficient storage in the new vanity (which makes up for the closet we removed).