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This remodeled master bathroom by architect Taunya Nelson has a traditional tub, spa-like shower and window shutters

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Remodeling a master bath in an older home is likely to be something of a balancing act between connecting the design with the overall decor and introducing a fresher, more modern accent.

This was the fine line that architect and designer Taunya Nelson had to follow to create this airy master bathroom.

First of all, some structural changes were made by builder Ed Roskowinski, of Vujovich Design Build, to enlarge the available space.

"We carved out part of an adjacent porch to make room for a tub in the new bathroom," says Nelson. "To optimize function we defined areas of use – the tub and vanity are separated from the shower, and the toilet and linen storage are in a niche at the far end of the space."

The other end of the porch was remodeled into a bright, sunny bedroom, complete with an adjoining walk-in closet.


"We wanted to tie the bathroom to the era of the home, which was built in 1909, but with a more modern sensibility," says Nelson. "To achieve this, we repeated traditional millwork profiles from other areas, and included a green accent tile above the vanity and in the shower area – a little like a modern crown moulding.

"Green glass shelves set in a niche in the shower connect with this band of tiles. The niche also optimizes the space."

The homeowners wanted the bathroom to have a spa-like feel, so the shower walls are wrapped in Devonshire Carrara marble with Hampton Carrara hexagonal tiles on the floor. For a modern feel, the walls are in a long subway tile.

The shower fixtures are brushed nickel and offer a variety of showering options, creating the luxury bathing experience requested by the homeowners.

The custom-built vanity resembles a furniture piece, and is painted to match the soft white trim throughout. While the door profiles and faucets are fairly traditional, the handles are modern, as is the clean-lined mirror above.

"Overall balance was key. Darker travertine on the floors and a lighter stone on the walls make a soft contrast. Walls in Monterey White paint tie everything together."

First published date: 13 July 2014

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Architect and interior designer Taunya Nelson AIA, CID, White Space Architecture (Minneapolis, MN)
Builder Vujovich Design Build
Cabinet company Eull Woodworks Inc
Tub Sunrise specialty dual bath from Minnesota Standard Showplace
Vanity countertop Imperial Danby marble with square eased edge
Vanity basin Kohler Bancroft
Cabinetry and vanity Custom, finished in Benjamin Moore Atrium White
Faucets Kallista Bellis traditional cross handles in polished nickel
Shower fittings Kallista Bellis showerhead and handshower
Shower door Custom frameless glass wall from Eagle View Glass Works
Wall and shower stall tiles Devonshire Carrara marble subway tile on the walls, Hampton Carrara hexagonal tile on the floor, from The Tile Shop
Tile accent strip on wall and shower Corfu Listello glass in Daiquiri color
Tile flooring Silver travertine, honed, in staggered brick pattern, by Kate-Lo Tile & Stone
Wall paint Benjamin Moore Monterey White
Toilet Toto Drake II with soft-close seat from Minnesota Standard Showplace
Lighting Circa Lighting Two Light square tube sconce; Halo
Ventilation Panasonic
Accessories Asbury double towel bar, tissue holder, towel ring and robe hooks from Restoration Hardware