The Inspired Room Tour – Our Master Bath Remodel

The very first remodel that my husband Chris and I undertook in our current home was unlike anything that either of us had tried before:  We turned our small half-bath into a large master bathroom by adding a roof dormer.  Which basically means we gained most of the needed space from that underrated commodity:  Thin air.

So when I was recently given this opportunity to participate in The Inspired Room Tour, choosing a room that inspired me was easy.  Because standing at the window of our master bathroom, I always marvel that, before the remodel, I would have actually been standing outside on the roof!


The Inspired Room Tour

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I am very excited to be participating in The Inspired Room Tour, which is taking place in conjunction with the release of Melissa Michaels’s wonderful new book, The Inspired Room: Simple Ideas to Love the Home You Have

The Inspired Room


And now, let’s move on to my own inspired room.

Our Master Bath Addition

Before we start, let me just tell you that I’ve previously written a series of posts that go into much more detail about this remodel.  If you’re interested, those posts can be found on my Master Bath Remodel page.

When we moved in to our 1927 English-style cottage, the upstairs bedroom had a cramped half-bath which was obviously a converted walk-in closet.  

Master half bath before remodel
The old half bath. (I didn’t think to take photos until we started dismantling the room.)

Our goal was to transform it into a spacious master bathroom.  But what should our new master bath look like?  That question was an easy one for us.  Since our house still retains a lot of its original character, we figured we could not go wrong with a master bath that looked as original to the house as possible. 

So, we would try to ignore current remodel trends and just make sure that windows, moldings, and built-in cabinets all matched our home’s original features.


Prima Shower Valve Mixer

How We Found The Space

By cutting a big hole in our roof . . .

Roof cut for dormer.

And adding a dormer,

we went from that cramped little half bath . . .

Master half bath during demolition.
Half bath, north wall, during demolition

To a spacious, light-filled full master bathroom.

Master bath, east wall

Master bath, west wall


master bath. toilet alcove

What We Learned Along the Way

Every remodel is a learning experience, and this one had a lot to teach us – even about ourselves.

I learned that Chris is more creative than I had realized.  It was his idea to go with a cathedral ceiling, which adds such a spacious feel to the room and is probably the best feature.  Once again, thin air wins!

Master bath with clawfoot tub


And I learned that I have a knack for finding the best uses for odd-shaped nooks and crannies, like this makeup desk tucked under the south roof slope.

Master bath, south wall


And this built-in linen closet under the north roof slope.

linen closet

And we learned that what we wanted was not necessarily more expensive than other options.  

tub fixture
We chose nickel-plated fixtures for the new master bath.

Which leads me to . . .

Working Within Our Budget

One of the easiest ways to save money was to keep the toilet drain in its existing location.

But of course I did have to let go of a few unrealistic dreams:  I wanted porcelain subway tile wainscoting – or even marble wainscoting.  But that was not even close to being within our budget. 

So we chose bead board.

toilet alcove


We found a vintage claw foot tub at a salvage shop for a great price.

Claw foot tub


We reused the one original window:  A small, leaded glass pocket window.

Pocket window

But ordering the new windows with leading to match that little window would have been very costly.  So we just ordered plain windows.  Then we found a glass artist who agreed to add strips of leading to them.


Master bath remodel East wall

Vintage Touches

The cute washstand, which houses my vintage linen collection, comes from Chris’s mother, Betty.  She meticulously refinished this piece years ago.

wash stand

The pitcher and washbowl belonged to Chris’s grandmother.

antique pitcher and washbowl

And we have several antique mirrors in the room.

An antique scalloped mirror reflects the vanity and shower stall.


Gold Finish Bathroom Faucet

Built to  Last – Hopefully

Our hope is that the remodel will never look dated.  Instead, it will always be an integral, seamless part of our old house. 

This remodel is now well over ten years old, and I like to think it’s worked so far.

If you’d like to learn more about our master bath remodel, check out our Master Bath Remodel Page for links to detailed posts.



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12 Replies to “The Inspired Room Tour – Our Master Bath Remodel”

  1. Well that is the best capture of thin air I have ever seen! The gabled roof is absolutely gorgeous. Really a lovely spacious room and I love the family heirloom pieces! Thanks for sharing with SYC. I will be featuring you this week.

  2. Oh my that is the most beautiful bathroom you and your hubby created. The fact that you used pieces in the room that had a family history makes it even more special. Thank you so much for sharing at Vintage Charm and I hope you have more to share with us this week! sb

  3. Wow this is amazing. I am so impressed with the whole idea and how it came out. What a great addition to your home. Love the personal pieces from the family in there. Cutting into the roof must have been the scariest part!

    1. Hi, Liz, yes I was pretty apprehensive about cutting that hole in our roof! I saw the finished product on paper when we had our plans drawn, but you never really know how it will really turn out until it’s done. But we are pretty happy with the results. Thanks for commenting!

  4. This bathroom is simply delightful. Do you ever leave it? I know I would be spending countless hours soaking in that bathtub, or sitting in the quiet little nook applying some make-up. It’s really a magical room, you two did an amazing job!

    1. Thanks Trina, I really do enjoy it. But the family member that spends the most time in that bathroom is my cat, Priscilla. She loves the heated floor!

  5. The whole room is gorgeous! You were ahead of your time with that paint color…it looks like the beautiful colors I’ve been pining for. It’s a perfect cross of antique and modern. Any idea what color it is?

    1. Hi, Judy: It’s reassuring to me to know the colors are still contemporary. With the high ceilings, a sky color seemed appropriate. In fact, the color is called “Pale Sky” and it’s an interior satin from Valspar’s American Tradition line. Of course this was 10 years ago, so hopefully they still offer that color. Thanks for your comment!

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