Mantis Design + Build
Project name: The Resplendent Bathroom
Project location: Minneapolis, Minn.
Square footage: 125
Project cost: $69,000
The owner of an urban residence wanted to maximize the usable space in her master bathroom while maintaining the same footprint. Removing a large, unused corner bathtub and deleting a small wall that divided the shower and toilet from the rest of the room established a more open layout. A bigger shower placed below the existing skylight creates a new, luxurious experience.
Installed within the skylight, a 16-inch rain shower generates the illusion of water falling from the sky above. Adding “wood” tile to the shower floor, walls and ceiling gives the space a rich, organic feel and complements the large-format concrete tiles. A ceramic artisan constructed the wall-mounted planters to hold a suitable level of water and bring living elements into the space.
Builder: Matt Diana Housewright
Project name: New Hampshire Homestead
Project location: Amherst, N.H.
Project cost: $70,000
A dated master bathroom was transformed into a space the complements the oldest rooms of the 18th century home while providing the homeowners with modern conveniences. The layout was reworked for an open shower in place of a sink-in tub. A dated vanity on the exterior wall was swapped to the interior wall while leaky skylights previously above the vanity were removed and three windows added to still allow natural light into the bathroom. The toilet is divided from the rest of the space by a decorative half-wall with a custom newel post.
Custom trim, paneling and cabinetry were specified, and the custom vanity and built-ins were constructed from salvaged wood. The custom vanity is comprised of dovetailed drawers and boarded inset doors held together with butterfly hinges, helping bring the craftsmanship seen throughout the Amherst, N.H., home into the master suite. Copper vessel sinks and wall-mount faucets sit upon weathered granite and pair with the blue-gray trim and off-white walls to create a historic farmhouse look.
Project name: Open Contemporary Bath
Project location: Orlando, Fla.
A vacation home contained a traditional yet outdated bathroom, so its owners desired a modern, contemporary remodel of the space. The project entailed knocking down interior walls, closing an exterior window, removing a traditional arch window and replacing it with a rain glass square, lowering a pitched ceiling to 110 inches flat, and adding a freestanding tub and a walk-in shower.
The clients sought to replace the arch window but did not want any window covering, which was a challenge because the window was centered in the bath and needed privacy. A rain glass square window provides natural light and the requisite privacy. Wall faucets were selected but had to be placed carefully because the plumbing needed to clear the framing for a pocket door on that wall. | QR