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RESCUING THE SHOWER

We transformed a tired 1960's shower into a roomy and luxurious hotspot.

by Sheila Carlson
Vol. 1 Article 1

I tís the perfect location, itís the perfect ranch house, and itís the perfect yard. BUT: itís also a 1960ís master bathroom in that strange pinky color. The shower is a walled-in, claustrophobic booth, dimly lit, with a low ceiling and obscure shower glass. Not to mention the worn-out grout that no matter how hard you scrub, it never looks clean! How do we bring the master bath into the 21st century?

Washed Out

CRAMPED SPACE
Low hung ceiling

TOO DIM TO BATHE
Obscure glass

STAINED GROUT
Permanently dirty

Shower Power
Imagine it feeling luxuriously spacious and bright; appearing glistening clean and easy to keep that way—no longer the dated pink, but the colors of sand and water and sunshine. The sprayer sends out a vigorous stream of ample hot water. It might even have multiple showerheads and a hand-held sprayer. In fact, a great shower is one of lifeís pure pleasures, daily sensual enjoyment.

Room to Spare
How do we get from a weary 1960's shower to a first class 2009 shower? Modern tastes value the large master bathroom, but this existing bathroom was limited to a tiny footprint. Why not steal some space from the adjacent hall bathroom that had room to spare? Now the shower could expand to a size worthy of a master suite.

Let There Be Light
To create an even bigger illusion of space, we traded in the tile walls for clear shower glass to allow light in. (By the way, shower glass is much less expensive than tile.) Now, instead of staring at dim shower walls, the eyes can rest on the lovely new vanity with the durable easy-to-clean granite countertop, and the sparkling new polished chrome faucet. Every once in a while the eye will catch a sparkle of blue crystal embedded in the granite slab that picks up on the watery blue tile accent dots in the shower. How perfect!

Rise and Shine
So now, after all the work is completed, the perfect ranch house in the perfect location with the perfect yard has the perfect master bath! Life is good.

Remodel Today!

To bring your lifestyle into the 21st century,

call Sheila Carlson today at (503) 697-7799 or email sheila@sheilcarlson.com.

March 18, 2009