We have a ranch house that was built in 1961. We moved in a few years ago and renovated the public spaces, so now we'd like a similar treatment for the master bedroom and bath. Aesthetically, we're going for bright, open and modern. Muted tones - white, grey. It's a reasonably large space at almost 500 square feet, but right now it's poorly designed with a lot of wasted space. This is a project to reconfigure the room.
Our primary objectives:
1. Expand the bathroom to include a larger shower and ample storage
2. Create a large walk in closet for two adults, one of whom has a ton of clothes
3. Maintain access to the back patio through the bedroom.
4. Update the look/feel/finishes to be consistent with the modern design we've adopted in the public spaces of the house
5. Generally make better use of the space
After talking to a few contractors, it seems there are a few major alternatives:
1. Moving the bathroom and closet to the far wall of the bedroom opposite the entry. This is the cleanest solution, as it provide the most logical flow. It's obviously a bigger project, as we'd need to move all the plumbing and relocate windows, reroute HVAC, etc.
2. Expanding the bathroom into the adjacent closet (the wall on which the vanity currently sits) and then expanding the current walk in closet in line with the bathroom). This is a much simpler build, but creates an awkward space at the entry, kind of like an extended hallway once you cross the threshold into the bedroom.
We definitely prefer #1 above. Open to other ideas, but I like the idea of expanding the overall footprint of the room (by taking over the closets and pushing back the entry to the room) and then putting the bathroom and closet in a logical spot away from the entry.
We need a double vanity in the bathroom.
We'd like a larger shower than what we have currently with a bench and some cutouts.
We need to maintain access to the patio from the bedroom. We're open to moving the door from its current location, and possibly having a slider or french doors to better integrate with the backyard space outside the bedroom.
We want a large walk in closet.
We'd prefer to reuse the existing windows if possible rather than buy new ones. If some additional windows are part of your plan, however, that's ok. The windows in the room currently are these dimensions:
23.5" wide x 37" tall, casement
23.5x37 fixed (doesn't open)
Things to note:
There's a closet just outside the bedroom that we can give up to expand the footprint of the room.
There's a skylight in the existing bathroom, so need to take that into consideration in the new design. We need to leave it as is (in which case it would likely be in the bedroom in scenario #1 above) or cover it up.
There are some solar panels on the roof above the bedroom, so we can't add additional skylights.
Our budget for this whole project is about $70K.