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This basement bathroom is small, dark and ugly. Utilizing the empty mechanical room next door with new egress window helps open and brighten up this new layout. A corner fireplace warms up the room and gets it glowing. A soaking tub and walk-in shower allow for two ways to relax, while custom, handmade tiles and a concrete trough sink make this bathroom a one-of-a-kind remodel.
The collision of industrial materials like brick, metal and concrete with wood, pebble and antique fixtures create a unique loft feel in this master bath. A concrete deck is topped with a freestanding tub surrounded by pebble with a terraced brick backdrop. A massive shower for two is accented with stacked glass subway tile, a metal ladder for towel storage and chipped edge shower glass. Custom art pieces really top this off from the hand-poured concrete countertop with integrated ramp sinks to the metal chandelier with exposed Edison bulbs.
A bathroom barely bigger than a powder room expands into a grand luxury suite. The focal point is a huge wet room that houses a big, deep soaker tub and his/her shower heads and body sprays. Recycled granite highlights the tub wall, while three different types of tile are blended to create a unique "rug" in the shower area. Elegant, DIY candle lanterns are suspended above the tub, and an arched entry into the shower with three glass panels finish off the space and keeps the rest of the room dry. Opposite the shower sits a huge double sink vanity, featuring a soapstone countertop and plenty of cabinets and drawers for storage. The space is enhanced with two large mirrors with built-in light strips, pendants above each sink, and floating shelves in the space between mirrors. One of the mirrors even features a TV. A DIY string pendant provides unique lighting in the new water closet, and a DIY towel rack built with Ipe adds a final, functional feature.
An old Victorian bathroom is upgraded with new materials to maintain its unique charm. A glazed brick wall highlights a steel and granite double sink vanity, while a huge soaker tub sits next to a metal-wrapped ethanol-burning fireplace. Engineered cork flooring keeps the feet warm on the way to the large walk-in shower. A wood ledge with embedded wine corks and stemware holder is the final touch for enjoying a glass of wine in the space.
The rustic styling of Sedona, Arizona turns a small, dingy, outdated bath space into a cozy, Midwest spa. The space is expanded by stealing an empty bedroom to make room for a double-sink vanity that features a Spanish wrought iron skirt-surround. There's also space for a long, deep copper tub with floor-mounted tub filler. On the floor, cold-pressed recycled poplar is used to create a stunning, durable, waterproof surface that is accented with a 5' by 3' tile rug from earth-tone colored slate. The same slate is used to tile the new, spacious shower. Sconce lighting fashioned after ranch-style gas lanterns flank the vanity sinks, and more warmth is provided by a gas fireplace wrapped in multi-hued river rock.
A small bathroom is transformed into a space for two in this remodel. Using the bedroom next door will give the homeowners the private space they need, while transforming the old space into a powder room for their guests. Separated by the pocket door, the two rooms share a rustic theme. Both have wood vanities with custom-made concrete counter-tops and stone floors in a herringbone pattern. The homeowner side gets a few other amenities including a large shower, copper tub that sits on a bed of rocks and reclaimed ceiling beams which also serve as a light fixture.
These two, small and ugly spaces aren't giving the homeowners the proper bathroom set-up they need. To fix this problem, Bath Crashers is joining the spaces to make one, large master suite, with plenty of room for guests. A giant tub with jets gets wrapped with a recycled granite stone. The walk-in shower with body sprays is big enough for two, complete with a de-fogging mirror. The stone floors are heated for warmth, a new window is added for natural light and double vanity sits next to a new flat-screen TV.
This bathroom is too big, ugly and tacky for these homeowners. To tackle their bathroom nightmare, they call upon Bath Crashers to create a modern masterpiece for the space. They gut it down to the studs and re-build the room with function and style. The walk-in shower is now big enough for two with seven fixtures and music. The freestanding tub is art and sits in front of an ethanol-burning fireplace. The materials are the perfect combination of rustic meets modern with three-dimensional tiled walls and dark hardwood on the floor that are given new light with several floor-to-ceiling windows.
The Mennen family's bathroom was big and blah. Dull earth tones with a tub too big for the space didn't match the young, fresh feel this couple deserves to have. Tossing out the tub and adding storage in a smart way makes this room feel larger than it is. Stone shower tile transitions into an all-natural chocolate cork floor. Add "floating" vanities with some amazing hidden organization pieces, chrome fixtures and a heated towel rack, and you have one bold bathroom.
Matt and his crew are crashing a master bath that's stuck in the '80s. The result? A modern, usable space with custom accents throughout. To start this makeover off, Matt brings in a massive handcrafted concrete countertop with an integrated sink that'll top a red oak vanity, with a matching custom makeup vanity and an oak-wrapped pony wall. Plus, the old linoleum sticker flooring gets an eco-friendly upgrade -- a floating, click-together marmoleum floor that's so earth-friendly you can actually eat it!
This bathroom is too small to create the modern, industrial space these homeowners would love to have. Taking over an unused dining room next door gives Bath Crashers the space they need to create a sleek new layout that has dark concrete on the floors and is featured on a wall behind a bright white soaking tub. The shower is big, open and packed with nine different fixtures, which are all controlled digitally. Bath Crashers expanded the space even further, building an addition to house a custom sauna. Music will play through two waterproof speakers, one of which will go into the two-person sauna that's wrapped in cedar and special lighting.
Before: Eight Sides of Horror. After: A showstopper. This octagon-shaped space has 12-foot ceilings, a wall of windows and tons of potential. To give this bath the modern look the homeowner wants, everything must get ripped out. The new layout is made square and filled with a big, beautiful shower with body sprays and speakers. On the floor, which is heated, half the room is covered with a fumed oak and underneath the soaking tub lays black pebbles. Behind the tub, the old windows get replaced by an entire wall of sliding glass panels, which gives the perfect view to the outdoors.
Bath Crashers heads to Bozeman, Montana to create a rustic and modern retreat these mountain-dwelling homeowners have always wanted. The existing space is just too small, so the crew takes a chainsaw to the log home's exterior an adds on an addition for more space. All new, larger windows are installed to take advantage of the mountain views including one in the shower, which is packed with two-showerheads, body sprays and a hand-held. The jetted tub is surrounded by a rock enclosure that sits next to a fireplace creating a grotto-like sanctuary and a custom-built hidden door hides the brand new washer and dryer.
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