This Before & After features one of the dreamiest spa-like bathrooms I’ve seen, and to think it all started in this little 125-square-foot room. According to Branka Knezevic, the architect behind this beautiful renovation, the couple that commissioned it loves art, design and the sleek, modern aesthetic of mid-century architecture. The finished space not only incorporates all those elements into its design but also makes smart use of the elongated room with light, airy colors and plenty of sleek, low-profile fixtures. I love the focal point of the gorgeous bathtub situated underneath the picturesque window, and the glass-walled shower? Heavenly. I’m definitely marking this bathroom as an inspiration for the master bath in my dream home. Wonderful work, Branka! — Kate
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Time: It took a little over 3 months including design, permitting, construction, inspections and delays in procuring some of the construction materials.
Cost: This project is in the mid- to high-end range budget-wise.
Basic Steps: I should say that we started with three different schemes incorporating different layouts, palettes and costs. I wanted to give my clients some variety in developing the final design for the bathroom. The scheme we ended up developing involved some simple yet powerful design gestures such as enforcing the elongated shape of the room with a linear wall-mounted vanity cabinet and anchoring it on both ends with major bath elements: the glass-enclosed shower on one and free-standing tub on the other. A muted and natural color and material scheme with a less-is-more approach to detailing (you will notice no base board, moldings, minimal hardware, etc.) sets the tone of the room, which is very light, peaceful and Zen-like. I also played up the beautiful view into the garden by minimizing distractions in that area and using a somewhat contrasting wall and ceiling colors to accentuate the skylight above.
I think that with remodels, it is very important to work with the existing features and not against them, to sort of play up the positive in any space. In this particular project, it was the view, the abundant daylight and a good amount of space to work with. Another important point is to work in broad strokes. For example, don’t bunch too many functions close together, or too many design elements all in one place — it will not only look fussy but will most likely also result in circulation problems or other conflicts. Let there be logic and let there be room for comfort! Enough storage is also very important; without it, all your stuff will be all over the place resulting again in a very busy and untidy room. Finally, if there is an opportunity to refurbish or re-use building components, don’t shy away from it. Even in modern environments, these elements can work out wonderfully! Always ask for low- or no-VOC paints and sealants; your family and the environment will thank you for it. — Branka
Architecture: Branka Studio
Photographs: Raphye Alexius Photography
Contractor & Custom Cabinetry: Dejan Laptosevic
Freestanding Tub: Americh
Light Fixtures: Restoration Hardware
Shower Bench & Niches: Silestone
Custom Mangaris Shower Pad: Dejan Laptosevic
Paint: Benjamin Moore