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How We’re Designing the Upstairs Guest Bathroom in the Mountain Fixer

We are closing in on the finish line for the mountain house bathroom design plans. As expected, we ran out of time and had to order materials for this one, so there is no I Design, You Decide for the upstairs guest bath, but the good news is that I feel very confident in this design. This bathroom was designed while I was installing the Portland house and I gave the art direction to Julie on my design team and she executed a GREAT design. Let’s break it down.

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This room had a massive closet, so big it made you uncomfortable and everyone who walked in said “Wait, why?” Originally, we made this a powder bath with a walk-in closet so it could be a guest suite, but then you guys suggested we make it a full en-suite with a shower. As someone who loves using pretentious words like “en suite,” I said “weee” and gave it a big thumbs up.

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Emily Henderson Mountain Fixer Upper Second Level Guest Bath Before 01

As a reminder, here is where this lady lives in the house. It’s on the second floor, behind the kid’s bath

Emily Henderson Mountain Fixer Upper Second Level Guest Bath Floor Plan Bath Only Closet Callout

Originally, it was a huge 5′ 6″ x 9′ 6″ closet, but we decided to give the bedroom a reach-in closet and instead make this a full bathroom. We love our friends that much.

Emily Henderson Mountain Fixer Upper Second Level Guest Bath Plan Original Final

We put in a pocket door as you can see and installed a new window in the shower because I want as much natural light as possible at all times.

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For materials, we created a new version of the refined-rustic-California-cabin-Scandi-chalet-contemporary insanity that the rest of the house is now attempting to reference (which we love). We have a mix of leathered stone, black wood, handmade tile in a matte finish and brass.

Emily Henderson Mountain Fixer Upper Second Level Guest Bath Materials

Tile | Countertop Stone | Brass T Pendant | Floor Marble | Purist Matte Black Fixtures

It might be my favorite bathroom yet, well, besides our master bath of course. That floor stone is taking it next level in my book. Let’s get into it.

Emily Henderson Mountain Fixer Upper I Design You Decide Guest Bath Upstairs Material 9.7.18

Brass T Pendant | Tile | Faucet | Cross Handles | Vanity | Sink | Countertop Marble | Toilet | Toilet Tissue Holder | Marble Flooring | Window | Showerhead | Handshower | DTV Prompt | Robe Hook | Towel Bar | Towel Ring

Kohler’s black Purist might be my favorite line and finish. It’s really a “can’t go wrong.” I think that if your home leans more modern but with a classic twist, you can trust this faucet. I’ve had it in brushed gold, polished gold and now the matte black.

The vanity has this “I’m country but modern” feeling that felt charming for the cabin vibe but we are modernizing with the faucets. I think this combination is actually what will make this bathroom full of good tension.

Emily Henderson Mountain Fixer Second Level Guest Bath Moodboard Kohler Vantiy

Faucet | Cross Handles | Vanity | Sink | Towel Ring

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Showerhead | Handshower | DTV Prompt | Robe Hook | Towel Bar

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Toilet | Toilet Tissue Holder

All those elements get thrown into the bathroom like this:

Emily Henderson Mountain Fixer Upper Second Level Guest Bath Plan 01 Updated 9.4.18

The overhead shows the layout and, of course, that gorgeous floor that I now want EVERYWHERE. The reason we have that cabinet is that the DTV Prompt‘s panel (more on that in a sec) and components need to be housed somewhere so we are installing that to give it a home and create some extra storage.

Emily Henderson Mountain Fixer Upper Second Level Guest Bath Render 01

We used a 1″x8″ matte white tile from Pratt & Larson, the Portland-based company we used throughout the Portland project. We love a good skinny tile and Julie created a pattern that we have now dubbed “The double stacked staggered.” Since the size of the tile leans more modern to help balance it out and bring a more traditional feel, we double stacked then staggered it (get it?) to give a new twist on the classic subway tile. We’re wrapping up a post for later this week all about subway tile patterns, installations and what works best where, but this kept things a bit more modern here.

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We kept the orientation of the tile vertical everywhere except the niche ledge wall to break up the pattern a bit and give some subtle interest. In the shower, we wanted to do a new take on the niche (possible future post coming soon) and were inspired by some of the boutique hotels using a ledge instead of the standard inset box. By doing this, we had to move the glass for the shower six inches more for code which came a bit closer to the vanity than we had originally planned on.

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Since the glass was now closer to the vanity edge, we opted for a pendant instead of sconces on either side so we could still have a properly sized mirror and we fell in love with the Brass T Pendant from Allied Maker. It is so simple and yet so gorgeous, I mean look at her, c’mon.

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To help soften up the space, we added some black leather pulls (with brass detailing, like these from Etsy) to Kohler’s Tresham vanity (which we’ve used numerous times in this project and we love because the interior is customizable and the design works so well with so many styles). There are a lot of straight lines in this space, between the tile, vanity, countertop, etc. so we threw a circle mirror over the vanity—it’s all about mixing those shapes. The material on the mirror is still TBD but will probably be wood or brass.

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For right now, the plan is to do a single panel glass with a black metal frame for the shower. Although I have been warned by my contractor, several times in fact, that people always complain about how cold they are and if that is the case we can add a door to it down the road. But that’s why we have the DTV Prompt in this bathroom, which is SUCH a cool system by Kohler. Here are some of its highlights:

  • You can set the exact water temperature you want (this is particularly helpful for kids so the temps are kept a little lower to prevent scalding). Also, we did a little research, and evidently, the ideal bathing temperature for healthy adults is about 112 degrees Fahrenheit. That makes the water hot enough to wash away dirt and bacteria, but not so hot that you’re damaging the outer layer of your skin. So if you’re a rule follower, you can set the DTV Prompt to 112 every time and shower knowing you’re not unknowingly boiling yourself.
  • It has a “warm-up” mode that pauses the flow of water when it hits your programmed temperature and then lets you know when the shower is ready. In a state like California where water conservation is ALWAYS a concern, this is huge. It also has a “pause” mode in case for whatever reason you need to run out of the shower for a minute (well, two, because that’s the max it’ll pause the water and hold your water temp steady) to grab a new bottle of shampoo or whatnot.
  • This one goes out to anyone who has a house of LONG shower-ers…there’s a countdown mode that you can set how long someone showers, which works well to manage water use and time. Set that timer for five minutes (or whatever feels best for your family) and that’s that. Oh, and if you have a hard time getting going in the morning and have ever half fallen asleep in the shower only to be jerked awake by your sudden thought of OMG WHAT TIME IS IT, I’M LATE, this might also be your best friend/save your job. Gotta get out of the shower by 8:06 am to hit the rest of your morning time benchmarks? The DTV Prompt’s got your clock-watching back.

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Back to that cabinet that covers up the DTV Prompt panel (the digital readout unit itself is actually quite sleek at about 3″ wide by 7.75″ tall by 0.75″ deep, but we had to cover the mechanism). You might be thinking why not keep that white so it doesn’t stand out as much? Well, good question, but we think the black helps to tie it together with all of those beautiful Purist fixtures in the space.

Emily Henderson Mountian Fixer Second Level Guest Bath Cabinet Detail Updated 9.4.18

Julie designed this cabinet to hide the DTV components but I also love the additional storage and while the exact finishes might change, the overall design is perfect and I think adds a lot to the room.

Emily Henderson Mountain Fixer Second Level Guest Bath Animation

For this one, there is no “deciding” because well, we had to a few weeks ago in order to not push the entire project back.

But I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you believe in a “double stacked stagger?” and how do you feel about us changing the orientation of the tile? I personally think it’s a really safe but interesting risk. Since it’s in the same color and tile, just a tweak of the direction is not something that screams 2018.

As always let us know your thoughts, comments and concerns in the comments. xx

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105 thoughts on “How We’re Designing the Upstairs Guest Bathroom in the Mountain Fixer

  1. I love the double stacked staggered tile, it looks fabulous. What I am not keen on is the long ledge under the window (it feels a bit like a basement where you have a ledge over the foundation), and how the ledge puts the shower door so close to the vanity. You have all that beautiful bathroom space, but it still feels cramped! Why not put the ledge on the end of the shower (opposite the fixtures), rather than under the window, so it does not encroach on the width of the shower, and then your vanity can breathe a bit. Love the sconce! Love the blog!

    1. Probably because then they would need to shorten the shower wall glass and the spray form the shower might escape more? Just guessing…?

      We saw a ledge like this in a boutique hotel in N.C. while we were there for a wedding. It was behind the sinks in the vanity area and i love the extra room for putting items so much when we redesigned out bathroom I made it a part of the design. Everyone thought I was crazy but it’s a nice place to keep the “pretty” objects (dish for jewelry, pretty lotions/ perfume/ candle/ plant, while keeping those things off the vanity and away from water splashes, my husbands beard trimming (UGH, I know…) and just over all “clean”. I would suggest making it a solid surface though, and not tile- so you dont get soap scum or whatever in the grout.

    2. Agreed. Or even design the ledge on the fixture side so it is closer to the person showering. I can envision a ledge and an upper part pulled out to match, so the fixtures are installed level but there is a great big niche, if you will, behind the fixtures. In other words pull out the bottom ledge there and do the same above the full width of the shower. I actually think it would be more serviceable, more interesting and unique and have the added benefit of not crowding the shower/vanity. Love the double stack tile and changing the orientation is terrific. The black cabinet is perfect, love that you made it tall.

      1. We like the ledge and it was an intentional choice, but once it was framed we had wished our GC had told us that it was going to be close to the vanity. I like the idea of a shelf rather than a niche (for now) and having it be at the opposite end could have been far to reach, PLUS we actually really like it. But we’ll all see 🙂

  2. In the winter I’m always cold in the shower. I’m a night shower-er so now I put a space heater in the bathroom for 30 min before I unplug it and turn on the water. I do get a little cold just looking at the open shower, but the overall bathroom space isn’t all the big so it might be okay.

    I love the mix of black and brass fixtures.

      1. One good option is radiant heat in the bathroom. Either under the floor or wall tile. A good investment in cooler locations

      2. We have a open shower and were afraid of being cold (in the Northeast and I have the water on full heat). So far so good!

        We also have a similar set up with the vanity and toilet switched. Do you think that would give you more elbow room and have the room feel a bit more open?

  3. Re: being cold in the shower, you could always install a heat lamp in the ceiling over the shower. My grandparents had one of those in their guest bath growing up and I remember how good it felt to stand under the light. So toasty and warm. I found one that I’m saving for when I have a bathroom to renovate. Here’s the link: NuTone 9093WH Deluxe Heat-A-Ventlite Heater with Ventilator and Incandescent Ceiling Light, 70 CFM 1500-Watt, White
    by Broan

    1. Yes! I just thought a heat lamp was the norm in a bathroom! Haha. In Australia I feel like we all have an IXLtastic which makes it lovely and toasty in the bathroom plus also dealing with the exhaust.

      Emily – this bathroom is perfect! I LOVE the shelf – I’m imagining a trailing plant at the far end with a candle and then all the important shampoo and stuff at the other end. Something to think about when I do my bathroom. ?

  4. I love the double stacked staggered tile too! I think I like the vertical orientation better.

    Would really appreciate a follow-up post on the technical stuff. For example, how the window is waterproofed – do you need to use a different material, any other special things you need to do that you wouldn’t with a regular window? Also, with the shower being curbless – does the whole bathroom floor need to be waterproofed?

    1. The window is vinyl, as Marvin makes them all vinyl for bathrooms. And yes, the whole floor is waterproofed and it slightly slopes down into the linear drain. This is the first time i’ve done this so we’ll see 🙂

  5. The Double stacked stagger is amazing! I love how the tile is modern in proportion but also feels familiar because it is staggered traditionally. I think it makes it very visually layered. One of those little details that looks custom!

  6. “…no pretty bath can be without a window.” Well, I guess there’s no hope for my bathroom then. Townhouse + interior bathroom = no window.

    This is a pretty bathroom, but the vanity feels tight to the shower wall. I think a smaller vanity that gives a little breathing room would look better. If you can’t do that, can the spaces between the shower and vanity, vanity and toilet, and toilet and wall be more evenly spaced? Probably not, but it’s a thought.

    1. Well, our kids bath doesn’t have a window but I secretly have ALWAYS reggreted not putting a skylight in there. it just didn’t occur to me at the time. So no, You don’t NEED one but natural light helps EVERY room 🙂

  7. I love the tile pattern. However, it’s very white and sterile looking. Will you add color with accessories? Or maybe by painting the sheetrock a color?

    1. I agree! I wish the sink cabinetry wasn’t white as well. Love the floors, the mirror and the black shower fixtures.

      1. I think its going to be really pretty guys, but yes we can always add a paint color or artwork that has some color. the bedroom will likely be painted a color so we night not want to do color into color, but I also don’t want a really COLD bathroom. xx

        1. I know you guys will make it look awesome. I also have to temper my comment with the fact that I’m an artist and I LOVE color. I totally get that may not be the road everyone wants to go down. 🙂

  8. Will there be any other lighting in the bathroom? Those two little bulbs in the pendant light don’t seem like much for putting on make up, etc.

  9. love the overall design! A few suggestions: 1-It’s likely too late for this given your tight construction timeline, but FLOOR HEAT, especially under marble is a game-changer. Much more chic than overhead heat-lamps. 2-I would consider making that linen cabinet a bit wider for symmetry’s sake, it feels a little bit crammed into the corner right now. 3-You will likely want to slope the shower floor away from the glass toward a linear shower drain along the wall (or think about dropping the shower pan below the floor) 4-The marble for the floor is beautiful, but consider a smaller pattern inside the shower to give more grout lines so it’s not slippery

    1. Yes to floor heat! We installed floor heat (on a timer) in our bathroom and I LOVE stepping onto the warm marble floor in the morning and it is so nice to be able to gently warm the bathroom independent of the rest of the house. We originally installed the floor heat because I was always cold kneeling on the floor while helping my kids bathe in the tub, but it has become a little luxury and favorite feature of mine (outlasting the days of bathing very little children in the tub). 🙂

    2. Good call about the shower floor slipperiness. No doubt the floor will be sloped and I imagine they will use a french drain, which is long and narrow at the back. water on the rest of the floor shouldn’t be a problem.
      I agree about the width of the cabinet. When I looked again at the overhead view it does seem like it should be a little wider.

    3. I agree, heating in that floor would be NICE. The shower ledge is amazing! Also, I’m a bit worried that 12×12 marble is going to be very slippery. Are you doing a honed finish or anything to help with that? I assume there will be recessed lighting in the ceiling to help out.

    4. I was just about to comment that you’ll want a smaller tile in the shower. The grout between tiles is what gives your feet traction so you don’t slip.

      Love the double stacked stagger!

      1. Ok lots to say.
        1. Re floor heat. We went for Nu-heat it in the kids and master, but honestly we just had to start cutting costs and this is just a guest bath. Sorry, guests 🙂
        2. The floor tile will be leathered so it will have more traction. But yes, smaller tile with more grout lines is less slippery.

    1. Ha. i don’t know. we are super minimal in this house so perhaps no towel. My brother wants to invent body blowers – like hand blowers in public restrooms for your whole body. But seriously we’ll figure it out, yes maybe at the other end or a hook next to the cabinet if that would fit.

  10. The “no door/I’m cold” worry. It’s not a worry. The bathroom isn’t too large where the room will be drafty. At a recent Paris hotel, the smallerish bath had an open shower and ’tis was cozy and fine.

    1. Oh good. it is a small bathroom…. I think its fine and again, its a GUEST bath so while I want them to be happy, I also think they are still going to have a lovely time here.

  11. Looks nice! I especially like the floor tile — so beautiful. One suggestion: while I like the look of the shampoo ledge, I am concerned that the grout lines of the tile on top will be continually gunky from standing water and soap residue. Please consider putting a single piece of stone or other solid surface on top of the ledge to preserve the lovely clean look.

    1. OH THIS IS A GOOD IDEA. shoot. I didn’t think about that. Well, it might be too late, but thank you for the suggestion. I think you are totally right. whoops 🙂

      1. You could also very slightly slope the top surface so that water runs off rather than stands on top of that ledge. That would reduce the gunk

      2. Even larger format tile would help. Maybe Pratt & Lambert has something that would coordinate? Good luck!

    2. This was my thought too. I LOVE the ledge, but feel like a thin strip of quartz or marble would be so much more practical than 1″ wide tile

  12. Beautiful design! I have a single glass panel shower in a similar sized bathroom and have had no problems being cold so I am sure it will be even better with the nice temperature options you will have!

  13. I wonder if constant contact with wet soapy hands will cause the color from the leather pulls to bleed off onto the white cabinetry?

    1. Hmm. i hope not 🙂 I don’t really think so. and it is a guest bath so its not going to get as much use and don’t people dry hands before handling drawers. maybe we’ll make a sign 🙂

  14. I actually really like the ledge where it is – I feel like putting it on the far end would close in that entryway to the shower, and also just be strange if that’s where you stored your shampoo, etc. Then you really would be cold going back and forth in front of the door.

    I love this. I’m wondering whether the mirror shouldn’t be wood to bring back in the rustic? It’s gorgeous but might need that bit of warmth. I would totally stay in this gorgeous guest bath!

    1. That is a great idea, re the wood for the mirror. We are starting to design the mirrors next week so we will consider this. I agree that the brass in front of the brass isnn’t ideal and the wood would speak to the wood inside the cabinets.

  15. That open shower makes me shiver just thinking about it. I second the reader’s suggestion for a heat lamp above the shower.

    I also agree that a ledge either below the shower head or at the end of the shower would maybe be better than across the width? Though I do like the visual 🙂

    How do you guys get all of these design elements in Sketchup? Do the manufacturers provide you with the files or do you have to build each by scratch?

    1. Some of the elements come from the manufacturers, some they shop for something similar in the sketchup file and some they build. I have a talented team 🙂

  16. Open showers and wet room bathrooms are pretty standard in Europe (if you have a concrete floor!) I won’t be doing it for mine as it is upstairs, over Victorian joists and I’m really worried it will leak – so I’m getting a shower tray (eventually…).

    In terms of heating the shower room – it’s really not a problem! Honestly! I’ve had many, many showers in wet rooms / open door walk in showers.

    But why don’t you just put a radiator in there? (However, then again maybe the heating system is different in the US to most of Europe?) We usually have hot water radiators.

    Also another very standard concept is a heated bath rail that acts like a radiator. These are available both as part of your central heating system or wired in electrical. The bonus is warm (and dry!) towels to wrap yourself in after the shower.

    Never heard of overhead heated lamps… sounds like sitting at an outside cafe terrace in Paris (just wrapped in a towel rather than a winter coat) 🙂

  17. I love the tile orientation; it’s a really smart way to add interest while keeping the design clean! Also, this ship may have already sailed, but it’s really nice to install the shower controls on the opposite side of the bathroom than the shower head. It’s a bit trickier for the plumber but you can then turn on and adjust the water temperature without getting your whole body wet.

    1. I was wondering about this! Is there someone thing Kohler system that turns it on automatically too? Of do you have to do the quick turn the knob and run? That would cause me more “I’m so cold” worry than the no-door would. 😉

      The double stacked stagger is great, as is the corner linen cabinet!

      1. The DTV panel is on the opposite as the fixtures – tis right when you walk in and you can reach to the right. 🙂 Our GC wanted it on the same wall so you can change it, but we wanted it on the wall that you can reach easily to warm it up.

        1. Ahh! Gotcha. Had to reread. Thanks! I guess the only downside is that you have to leave the shower and walk over to the cabinet if you want to adjust the temp after you’ve started showering (which is not very far anyways). Or is it portable, like a remote control? Very cool tech and thanks for educating us about it!

  18. No bathroom is complete without a window? In our house no bathroom is complete without in-floor heating!

  19. This being a mountain house, I’m not really feeling the gold/brass round mirror and light fixture (sorry!). Especially with the black fixtures (which i love) – it just feels really cold. Also, now that the powder room mirror
    may have changed to round (?), it might be feeling like round mirror overload. I totally agree with the poster above that recommended bringing wood in here to warm/soften things up a bit, and possibly going with a tall rectangle mirror shape? Regarding the ledge – in theory, I think it’s a great idea! But yes, standing water/soap will have that looking not so great pretty quickly.

    1. Ha. yah, we have 2 round mirrors now … and I agree that the wood would be warmer … we haven’t ordered yet so i think i’ll heavily consider that.

    2. If they do go with a tall rectangular mirror, I have seen some wrapped with wood that sticks out a bit from the mirror and has rounded corners. Even though most here are equating wood with a rustic vibe, these mirrors look elegant and modern. It’s all in the wood choice and stain I think.

  20. Pretty! How do leather cabinet pulls hold up in a bathroom? I love the look but I’d always assumed they wouldn’t do well with the humidity.

  21. I love when there’s a private shower! Nice thinking! Will it be difficult to change the left bulb? Seems to be different sizes away from the glass wall. Just something to keep in mind!

  22. LOVE this!!! The only thing (maybe it’s just me) but although these open showers look nice, I always feel cold inside them and water seems to still get kinda everywhere so I’ve stayed away from these personally.

  23. Loving the tile orientation change and double stack stagger. The cabinet really adds a lot to this room with the finishes currently specified. My two notes on cabinet:
    1. Consider changing the cabinet hardware to be different than the vanity hardware. Maybe unfinished brass cabinet hardware and a wood frame on the mirror that’s a different wood/finish than inside the cabinet, with the brass lighting everything coordinates but isn’t matchy.
    2. I think you need the plinth base to conceal the the DTV valve but it would be cool to have furniture style legs, with a few inches of breathing room below, and lowering the height so it doesn’t go to the ceiling, creating more of a freestanding furniture look. That would help with scale in this smaller space, too. But as is it still works well.

  24. I would be very happy if this was the bathroom in my guest room literally anywhere. When can I come test it out? 🙂

    I’d definitely think about the slippery-ness of the floor tiles, especially with little ones and grandparents around. My parents just had their master bath redone, and were considering marble floor tiles, but they were just too slippery.

  25. Whenever I see bathrooms like this I always wonder how it’s possible that water doesn’t get absolutely everywhere? Someone enlighten me!

  26. This is so beautiful! I absolutely love the light fixture but am curious how much light it gives off since those bulbs seem kind of tiny for the space. It feels like it might be a bit dark in there when you don’t have daylight coming through the window. Or were you planning on adding some recessed lighting as well? Just curious! Gorgeous design, though! Can’t wait to see it when it’s finished!

  27. Question about the shower! I remember in the master bath of your current home, there was some discussion over needing a tiny ledge in the corner (to prop legs on when shaving, etc.). Was that feature taken into consideration? Since it may take away from the clean lines you have going on, what feature could provide that same function?

    Actually, could we have a post on everything to consider when designing a shower?? The window, the decision to go curb-less & door-less (does water get everywhere?), hand showers vs. other options, etc.

  28. I am so in love with the “double stack staggered” pattern. It really shakes up the use of the white tile. As always, you guys knock it out of the park!

  29. Where are you going to put the towel bar? Not pictured. Love
    The tile direction change. Can’t wait for your tile blog. I’m working on tile now for a project and want to do cross hatch subway tile in a fun color.

  30. I love it all! I wish I could steal it for my own bathrooms. 🙂

    Literally two nights ago I thought, “Someone really should invent a programmable showerhead, just so my kid can learn the hard way not to waste water!” 🙂

  31. The double stacked staggered tile is gorgeous. I have become tired of white subway but I would definitely try this pattern.

  32. I think the bathroom is stunning and sexy. I love everything about it, except one thing; the vanity. Personally, I think if the vanity was a wood, perhaps coordinating with the interior of the cabinet, it would warm up the space a bit.

  33. My mother’s house has one of those warm up lights in the exhaust fan and it’s pretty fantastic. It wasn’t a fortune…so if you’re worried about warmth, that could be a great option and it clears the mirrors from fog and will keep the mildew out of the bathroom as an extra bonus–which could be useful in a place with a lot of moisture like the mountains.
    I had a vanity close to a glass shower door and never had a cleaning problem…a Swiffer got in there easily…if you didn’t cut for the plumbing yet, maybe move the sink over an inch? But seriously, it wasn’t hard to regularly keep clean with just an inch of space…
    I think guests will really appreciate that storage area. There’s never anywhere to put things in a guest bath! It’s a very nice touch. You could keep extra supplies in there so that you don’t have to stay on top of the toilet paper, tissues, etc supply also. Very thoughtful.

  34. I love it! Especially that floor! As for the warnings about being too cold in the shower with mout a door, I think you should be fine. We have an open “door-less” walk-in to the shower and its actually much larger bc it faces the tub with an entrance on the side sort of. So even with about 7+ feet of openness I’ve never been cold. We do have a rain shower head which is wonderful and I think might keep you warmer bc the water is falling more evenly on all sides of you. But even with a regular shower head I think the smallish size of the room will hold in the heat no prob! Beautiful work y’all. Also I should add the disclaimer than I’m in the south so no mountain winter temps but, it can still get a pretty chilly down here!

  35. Very beautiful and classic. It’s going to be an awesome bathroom. I’m a big believer in floor heat under the tile in bathrooms and no shower doors. Did y’all consider floor heat?

  36. I love the double stack staggered tile. This bathroom is going to be awesome! I also would like a post on how to design a shower and love your idea of adding a ledge.
    I always worry about being cold with no shower door too. We are in the process of remodeling our master bathroom and the contractor wants me to go doorless. He says it’s very popular right now but I worry about the cold also. A follow-up post to this would be greatly appreciated. (It will be too late for me by then, but I’ll still be interested!)

  37. Love this! And love the double stacked stagger and the change in direction. Modern and classic all at once.

  38. I love the double stack staggered tile. It’s such an interesting take on a classic, like a deconstructed subway tile. That floor tile looks bananas. I’m anxiously awaiting the subway tile post! I’m renovating an entire house with 2.5 baths and the tile choices have been so hard.

  39. We put in a no door shower in our Massachusetts mountain weekend house (which was old and in the woods) and even in the flipping freezing winter I was never cold. I don’t think the California cold is going to take down a guest (I’ve also lived in LA so I’m not being naive about temps!).

    We’ve had them in New York, London and in our current place in England. I don’t think I’m that hot blooded! I wouldn’t even give it a second thought! Anyway just thought I’d add some anecdotal experience.

    Also death to inset boxes-yay for shelves and ledges! We had a piece of soapstone, leftover from our kitchen counter put in our shower but under the shower head. It seemed odd but the water shot away from the wall so I actually think it was less directly hit than some other locations. It did get some water but when I took my 5 second squeegee to the glass wall because hard water is no bueno, I’d just swipe it down the piece of stone.

  40. Oh, wow! This speaks to my minimalist-loving heart in design ? I love the ledge-super functional but you barely notice it’s there, and the floor is gorgeous. I will be very curious to hear your review of the one pane glass and the sloped floor of the shower. This is a design I have been wanting to repeat for a while now! And I second the plant in the shower idea!

  41. I lived in a house for 3 years that had a glass panel shower wall (no door) like the one you’re designing and HATED IT!!!!! It wax in Marin County (moderate to warm weather most of the year) and I was always FREEZING when I got out of the shower. Even with heated tile floors I was miserable. Add I door to the shower- FOR SURE!!!

  42. Wow! The tile is gorgeous and that fancy water temperature feature is enviable. What pampered guests! I do truly love the double-stacked-staggered tile pattern, and the floor is just a show stopper. I agree with other commenters and you about considering another material for the mirror. I think it could warm the space. And another thought is changing the color of the cabinets to a blue. It could tone down the high contrast, making the tall cabinet look less severe. Beautiful blue paired with matte black fixtures reads both classic and fresh, imo.

    Again, what a lovely space for your family and friends!

  43. beautiful, but a little too much white as compared to the rest of the house in my opinion. What if the sink cabinet was a different color? or the counter?

  44. Omg I love a shower ledge. I would be such a happy guest! The niches are never big enough for all my stuff lol.
    I’m really curious how this bathroom will look when it’s done. I’m not understanding what makes the floor tile so fabulous so I’m super interested to see it all finished.

  45. First, I love this design! The tile pattern is great, and super unique. Good job Julie!
    Also echoing a place for towels. It’s the one thing I find often missing from otherwise beautifully designed hotel bathrooms (or sometimes they just have one bar, and it’s a room for 4). 🙂
    Also curious, I think you just have one-ish non-tiled wall. Assuming that’s where potential art will go (if you plan on hanging art), or is there a clever way to hang art on tiled wall?
    Again great job! Can’t wait to see the final pictures. 🙂

  46. Beautiful bathroom!! Although sometimes I feel like the lighting choices in bathrooms are more aimed at form over function — it doesn’t seem like this pendant will put out the best lighting for guests to do their hair and makeup.

  47. I really love the design – the open shower, the floor, tile, shelf, etc. Agree with a stone top for the shelf and the wood mirror…maybe even in a different/unique shape to contrast with the modern skinny tile. The only thought I had was wanting the tile to end against the black cabinent and not before the door way. I think that would be really luxe, but I also understand the need to control cost. It sure is fun to watch you do this house room by room. Thanks for sharing and engaging on all the comments.

  48. I love the tile pattern!

    I would have a problem with chilliness in the open shower and I think those heat lamps are cheesy but since you need a vent fan anyway, you could try a combination vent fan/heater (Panasonic has several good ones). I use it every time I shower and it quickly warms up the room. I don’t even need to wipe down the mirror and have never had a speck of mildew anywhere.

    I like the look of the pendant but it needs more breathing space on the shower side. Maybe there’s a scaled-down version that would fit better.

  49. Lovely! About that shower ledge, because it cramps the room (as mentioned), and putting the ledge on the wall opposite the shower head might make it too narrow to comfortably enter the shower, why not refrain from a ledge altogether and just put in a tiled inset box on the wall opposite the shower head & fixtures. It will not be featured in the room design (for good or bad), will stay nice and dry, and not impinge on any space.

  50. 1. I’ve had open showers in two houses now and have never been cold. The first time I chose to build it that way and was concerned because I’m always cold, but it wasn’t an issue.
    2. Independent of the shower door, having a heater combined with the fan is an inexpensive luxury for general bathroom time.
    3. Everything is pretty, including the ledge, but there’s no way I’d have given up that 6” for pretty in a small bathroom.

  51. Very tastefully decorated guest bathroom. I’m sure you’ll crown this beauty with the right towel selection.
    Turkish towels are both space-saving due to being thin and napless and give a stylish and high quality image with warm and elegant colors.
    Here is an online website with a lot of color and model options:

  52. I see others have asked, but just want to say that your renderings look really great. I’d love to know what your studio uses for modeling and rendering.

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