Invest in Your Nest: A Master Bath Makeover
Writer / Pat Carlini
When Brad Akerman and Jeff Reider decided it was time to update the Master Bath, they knew they were taking on a big project.
“This was not a coat of paint we were talking about,” laughs Brad. “We wanted a whole new look.”
Brad, a self-employed interior designer at Akerman Designs, and Jeff, Director of Global Business Solutions at Eli Lilly, decided it was time to invest in their nest and redo the master bath from the ground up.
“I wanted to get rid of the stained glass window by the bathtub, the red walls and all that brass! It all had to go!”
Eric Jensen of Jensen Design got started on the project by clearing the original tile that was on the floor and wrapped around the bathtub.
“The demolition was probably the worst part,” says Brad. “It’s loud and messy, but once you get past that part, it goes much more smoothly!”
The tub, which was also removed, sat fairly low to the floor and was replaced by a white, free standing resin tub from the Bancroft Collections by Kohler. New cabinets were topped off with Artisan sinks and Grohe chrome faucets.
A neutral, more modern tile was chosen for the flooring, and the glass partition for the toilet room was replaced with a half wall and a pocket door for added privacy without taking up floor space.
The heavy red walls were traded for neutral colors to create a more “spa-like” oasis. Final touches such as white, fluffy towels and a clear acrylic chair add to the clean, streamlined, modern feel that Brad and Jeff were looking for. The shower stayed in its original spot, but they were able to cut into the wall to create a built-in niche to store shampoo and other necessities.
Brad and Jeff agree their favorite part of the new master bath is the glass front shower with matching Grohe chrome rainshower showerheads and body sprays flanking the sides of the shower. “You enter the new shower through French doors instead of one large heavy door,” says Jeff.
“Between that and stepping out onto a now heated bathroom floor, I can’t think of a better way to start any day!”
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