When our clients purchased their home a few years ago it had 2 full bathrooms, which was perfect at the time, but as their family expanded to include 3 little ones (including a brand-new set of twins!) they started to feel the walls closing in on them. They needed a big family bathroom that the whole family would be comfortable using, especially as the kids grew older. As luck would have it there was a large space we could expand into adjacent to the bathroom, which was being used as a walk-in closet.
EXISTING BATHROOM AND WALK-IN CLOSET FLOOR PLANS:
I was excited to see how much space they had to work with! While considering how much space we actually had to create a big bathroom, and how it would be used by the whole family on a day to day basis, I wanted to be sure to design it in a way that would allow multiple people to use it at the same time – without being in each other’s way! Lots of storage areas, 3 sinks, and a separate water closet were must haves on my list for this family bathroom.
Location: Reading, MA
Type of Home: Ranch, built in 1957, that was at some point converted to a Colonial before these owners, containing 2,772 square feet of living area
BEFORE: The old bathroom was a normal size, but it was dated, lacked counter space, and wasn’t the best use of what was available to them. The adjacent walk in closet was nice to have, but worth losing to gain a big bathroom that would work well for the whole family.
AFTER FLOOR PLAN: Once we were able to remove the wall between the existing walk in closet and the old bathroom we were able to start from scratch creating a new layout. The new expanded family bathroom includes 3 sinks, a separate water closet, and a nook to hang towels. Since they lost their walk in closet we kept a small hallway closet for miscellaneous storage.
AFTER: Every family member gets their own drawer, including mom and dad! I love just how the window lets natural light in over the vanity. Adding a pop of color to the vanity created contrast to the overall neutral color palette of the bathroom design while the black hardware, Kohler faucets, black mirrors and double globe pendants added a modern touch!
Since we used the gray vanity for contrast, I also wanted to use a dark gray color for the shiplap accent wall that doubles as a towel hanging area!
AFTER: We decided to go with a marble look tile for durability and a timeless feel that would stay current for a years to come. The different tones of gray in the marble look helped tie in the gray accent color that we used in the rest of the bathroom.
STORY TIME: Before my parents built the house we grew up in, they had 4 of us kids in a 2 bedroom 1 bathroom apartment – and the thing I remember most from that time was the line to the bathroom! My traumatic childhood memories made it a “must” to create a separate toilet area! 😂
More of my favorite design details from this family bathroom: vintage black hooks, marble looking hexagon tile, and the natural light from the window in between the mirrors.
Want to see a video house tour of this finished project? Check it out BELOW!