Reinvested Master Bathroom...

When Donald, a Senior Director at Genentech, wanted to reinvest in his master bath, he called LOCZIdesign. A repeat client and close friend of the firm, he had previously hired us to consult on new paint, artwork and lighting throughout his hip Hayes Valley flat. He fell in love with the choices and officially caught the 'design bug' while working with lead designer, Mike Ufferman. 

Below are images of the master bath BEFORE...not bad at all, but what a transformation!

For some inspiration, the pair perused the annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase after which, Mike provided options helping Don to visualize the new direction. The pair agreed on a color palette but needed to determine which statement lighting to move forward. See below for both style directions including statement lighting options.

After reviewing the new possible directions for cosmetic changes, the project expanded to floor plan discussions. Back at the office with assistance from designer Jennifer Frisbie, the team presented Don with three different options for a new layout. After reviewing and discussing the pros/cons of each layout, the team went with one that would re-position the existing shower head, move the toilet and replace the current tub with a sleek glass doorless shower.

New layout rendering for master bath.

New layout rendering for master bath.


Pro Tip:

Exaggerate space with floor-to-ceiling tile & mirrors.

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Like many spaces in San Francisco, the room itself is small but it has high ceilings. To exaggerate the height and give the feeling of more space, Mike ran tile all the way up the wall. He also ran the mirror over the vanity all the way to the ceiling thereby exaggerating the feeling of spaciousness. 

Mike selected a timeless tile from Ann Sacks to line the shower walls in a subtle yet masculine tone using grey, white, brown and blue. Replacing the single sink vanity, he installed a double sink featuring a semi-custom floating vanity cabinet by WetStyle. Replacing the off-white,1" hexagon floor tiles, he opted for white marble and updated the toilet to one that "floats" above the floor.

Pro Tip #2

Floating elements create the illusion of space

Note the toilet shown below and cabinet vanity above.  The wet wall behind toilet and in shower are extra large-format porcelain tiles measuring 48” x 24.”

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Mike completed the look with a tonal paint palette including Grey Owl and Intense White from Benjamin Moore

To compliment the tile in the bathroom and create a dynamic lighting statement, Mike worked with Porcelain Bear, a design firm out of Australia specializing in ceramics, to design custom ceramic pendant lighting that would be suspended from the tall ceilings.

Custom ceramic pendant lighting from Porcelain Bear

Custom ceramic pendant lighting from Porcelain Bear

"Hands down, the nicest room in any home I have owned.” 

BELOW: Custom ceramic pendants shown suspended from high ceilings and reflected in mirror.

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See gallery below for all AFTER images of Don's reinvented master bath.

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