With this primary bath remodel, designer and homeowner Fernanda Edwards wanted to open up the space and make it function better for her everyday use. “It was very outdated,” says Edwards. “The bathroom was very small for a master suite and it didn’t have good lighting.”
The first challenge she faced was the small size. “I needed to make the space look bigger without adding square feet,” says Edwards. She ultimately decided to borrow a small amount of space from the primary bedroom to expand the bath. “We moved the back wall only 18 inches,” says Edwards. “This allowed us to create a bigger shower, but we only really added 7 square feet of space.” The original space had a small shower and separate bathtub. The new layout made room for a large shower and bigger vanity. To make the space look bigger, Edwards opted for a zero entry shower with a minimal shower enclosure. “All the same flooring, not having a curb and one solid material throughout the room made [it] feel so much bigger,” says Edwards.
The other challenge that needed to be addressed was the lighting. “Anytime you increase lighting, you increase how big your room looks,” says Edwards. To create more natural light, the small window in the space was expanded. Edwards added more lighting throughout the space as well. “We added two can lights in the shower as well as can lights in the rest of the bathroom,” says Edwards. “We also added a modern decorative pendant.”
Edwards also looked for a large vanity backlit mirror for the space, but came up empty handed. “I couldn’t find anything that was both backlit and large enough on the market,” says Edwards. “I had to get creative and take two smaller mirrors and overlap them to create the illusion of a bigger mirror.” Together they measured almost 6.5'. To hang the mirrors they had to build a platform behind the mirrors. That platform was then attached to a stud, and then the mirrors were attached to the platform. “A lot of configuring and planning was involved in the installation,” says Edwards. Not only do the mirrors really make a statement, the smart lights on the mirrors are app activated or voice activated and you can change the colors and intensity of the light as well as the temperature. Or simply flip the switch on the wall.