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Remodel of the Month: Contemporary Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom in the Middle of Construction, showing bathtub with framing

Bathroom at a Glance

Location: Greater Chicago

Size: 180 square feet

Designer: NV Design + Cabinets (

Contractor: DDT Home Transformations (

The Backstory

The homeowners always wanted a master bathroom that matched the rest of the home. Although the bathroom functioned, the room lacked aesthetics of rest and relaxation; so, the goal was to transform the bathroom from utilitarian to hotel spa.

The Design Process

With a large, oval jet tub as the focal point, Nicole, Lead Designer at NV Design and Cabinets, created a design that would incorporate other elements such as the stand up shower, double bowl vanity, and toilet into a cohesive, working layout.

When the goal of the design is contemporary with a splash of hotel luxe, there are specific items that you will select such as elongated tiles, mosaics, contrasting colors such as black and white, etc. to achieve the desired aesthetics. Nicole selected material that follows this formula for this master bath remodel.

The Construction Process

In chronological order, a typical bath remodel starts with demo (or removal of everything in the room; i.e., flooring, vanity, drywall, etc.), which takes about 2 days to complete. Then, the contractor starts with mechanicals, such as plumbing, electrical, and HVAC. Depending on the extent of work, this can take between 2-5 days to complete. Once mechanicals are finished, the tile, tub, shower, trim, mirror, lights, vanity top, faucet, and paint get completed. This is the bulk of the project, which takes between 1-3 weeks to complete, depending on the size and scope of the project.


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