This Indianapolis couple knew it was time renovate their master bedroom suite. The existing suite was typical for a traditional two-story home built in the 1970’s, and although the space was adequate, the simple bedroom with two sliding-door closets and a small master bath lacked the features our clients wanted.
Now that the couple’s children were grown and out of the house, they had the opportunity to enlarge the room by utilizing an adjacent 11’ x 15’ bedroom to create a grander master suite that included an enhanced master bathroom and sizable walk-in closet (designed by California Closets of Indianapolis).
Let the Light Shine In
We first met this couple a few years ago when we built a sunroom addition for them, so we knew just how important natural light was to them. The home is surrounded by many mature trees, so getting natural light into the master bedroom has always been a challenge.
We set out to design a space that provided multiple solutions for this need.
The first change, and perhaps the most dramatic, was removing the existing flat ceiling and building a vaulted ceiling above the expanded space. A vaulted ceiling gives a space a lighter, airier feel.
Another unique design element we included involved the partition walls that separate the bedroom from the bathroom. Rather than building them to meet the height of the vaulted ceiling, we constructed them at only 8 feet tall. This allows more natural light from the skylights to cascade into the entire space.Additionally, we installed eight new Velux skylights with remote-control solar shades. This design element, inspired by the skylights we used in the sunroom, provides more natural light than traditional side-wall windows do.
Finally, we replaced the existing side-wall window with a new bay window. Not only does this provide a bigger window, but the built-in seat gives the homeowners an area where they can enjoy the beauty of their backyard.
Luxurious Bath, Tiled with Character
One of the more interesting and eye-catching aspects of this bathroom remodel project is found in the tile selection. Our clients have a love for interesting tiles. Prior to the start of this project, they researched tiles extensively and settled on handmade tiles imported from Turkey. The unique tiles truly bring a distinctive design element to the space.
Natural light flows into the newly renovated master bathroom as well, and the space incorporates thoughtfully chosen glass features. A glass door was chosen for the shower, and a frosted-glass pivot door provides privacy to the toilet. A frosted-glass side panel was also installed between the shower and toilet to further allow light to flow throughout the space.
The newly constructed walk-in shower features many enhancements such as a heated tile floor, hand-held shower faucet, rain head and exquisite Turkish tile embellishing two walls. The bath floor also features a heated tile floor with a decorative tile inlay. The bath vanity includes an arch soffit with recessed lighting, lowered make-up counter with drawer, marble countertops with under-mount sink bowls and an attractive tile backsplash.
To pull their vision together, our clients worked with an interior designer who helped facilitate their ideas and convey their vision to us. This project is the perfect example of clients doing the research to determine what they wanted and us following through to make their vision a reality.