This outdated bathroom in Sacramento, CA, needed a makeover badly. The homeowners wanted to update the bathroom and give it a better flow as the existing footprint, while spacious, was poorly laid out.
Toni Nulton of Elk Grove, CA-based TLN Interiors came into this project with a tall order: to update the bathroom without moving the existing plumbing, correct the room’s airflow, provide a barrier-free shower and contemporary tub, and improve the lighting. Many of the project challenges originated from the dated 1960s design, which included poorly placed light switches behind the door, a drop ceiling that made the shower too small for today’s standards and the two L-shaped vanities which took up a lot of space but didn’t provide adequate storage. Nulton decided to gut the entire room and start fresh. She moved the light switches to the proper spot and installed a single vanity which included a tray-style top drawer for hairdryers and other styling appliances. A medicine cabinet was put in for extra storage, as well as appropriately placed lighting, including a statement-piece chandelier above the freestanding tub with heated backrest. A brand-new window was installed with an awning to allow for breezes to come in, but still maintain privacy. The old and garish wallpaper was replaced with gray paint and tile wainscoting, also allowing for easier cleaning. Finally, the old shower was completely removed, and the ceiling was raised to match the rest of the room; in order to ensure that the space met code requirements, the wall behind the door was extended. The floor was tiled and sloped in order to make the shower barrier free, and Nulton included a standard shower head, a hand-held shower with slide bar/grab bar and a teak folding shower seat, allowing her clients to age in place in comfort.