From Ordinary to Sophisticated: Primary Bathroom Improvement Ideas



With a little nudge from their daughter, these homeowners took the plunge into updating their 1970’s carpeted primary bath and couldn’t be happier.


This homeowner’s daughter originally contacted us on behalf of her parents who were reluctant to begin the design-build bathroom remodeling process in their home due to the inconvenience and dust. Once we met and they dipped their toes into the process, we were off to the races.





The existing bathroom in this beautiful historical 1920’s home in Glen Ellyn, had not been updated since the 70’/80’s as evidenced by the blue carpeting, mirrored walls and dropped ceilings. In addition, there was very little storage, and some health setbacks had made the bathroom difficult to maneuver with its tub shower.





What we did first in remodeling the bathroom

Once we demoed, we discovered everything we expected to find in a home that had not been updated for many years. We got to work bringing all the electrical and plumbing up to code, and it was just as dusty and dirty as the homeowner’s anticipated!





How we redesigned this primary bathroom

Deciding to refresh a space is easy, but many people struggle with the part that comes after that. We knew our homeowners wanted a more customized approach, so here’s what we did:

  1. Created a personalized bathroom design

Next, we got to work building our new plan. We eliminated the existing tub and created a large walk-in curbless shower. An existing closet was eliminated and in its place, we planned a custom built in with spots for linens, jewelry and general storage. Because of the small space, we had to be very creative with the shower footprint, so we clipped one of the walls for more clearance behind the sink.





The bathroom features a beautiful custom mosaic floor tile as well as tiled walls throughout the space. This required lots of coordination between the carpenter and tile setter to make sure that the framing and tile design were properly aligned. We worked around an existing radiator and a unique original leaded window that was architecturally significant to the facade of the home.







2. Increased storage space

We had a lot of extra depth behind the original toilet location, so we built the wall out a bit, moved the toilet forward and then created some extra storage space behind the commode. We settled on mirrored mullioned doors to bounce lots of light around the smaller space. 

We also went back and forth on deciding between a single and double vanity, and in the end decided the single vanity allowed for more counter space, more storage below and for the design to breathe a bit in the smaller space. I’m so happy with this decision!




3. Added a flair of indulgence

To build on the luxurious feel of the space, we added a heated towel bar and heated flooring. One of the concerns the homeowners had was having a comfortable floor to walk on. They realized that carpet was not a very practical solution but liked the comfort it had provided. Heated floors are the perfect solution.




The room is decidedly traditional from its intricate mosaic marble floor to the calacatta marble clad walls. Elegant gold chandelier style fixtures, marble countertops and Morris & Co. beaded wallpaper provide an opulent feel to the space. The gray monochromatic palette keeps it feeling fresh and up-to-date.




4. Maintained a fresh perspective

The beautiful leaded glass window is an important architectural feature at the front of the house. In the summertime, the homeowners love having the window open for fresh air and ventilation. We love it too!  




The curbless shower features a small fold down bench that can be used if needed and folded up when not. The shower also features a custom niche for storing shampoo and other shower products. The linear drain is built into the tilework and is barely visible. A frameless glass door that swings both in and out completes the luxurious feel.

Where can I find quality primary bathroom remodelers in Glen Ellyn?

Want to breathe new life into your bathroom this fall? The Kitchen Studio is uniquely positioned to enhance the look of your bathroom while meeting your specific requirements. Together, we can reimagine your space to maximize its potential. Tell us more about your vision and let our experienced primary bathroom designers devise a plan for your upcoming remodeling project. No matter if you prefer an opulent spot with a luxury bath or something else altogether, feel free to reach out to us or call us at (630) 858-4848!





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4501 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 424
Naples, FL 34103
(239) 378-6599
522 Crescent Blvd
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 858-4848
Chicago, IL
1040 Roscoe St.
Chicago, IL 60657
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