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Before & After: A Dreary Utility Room Becomes an Airy Bathroom

by Erin Austen Abbott

Paige and Carter Posladek of Ensley Homes love to flip houses in their home state of Kansas, where they bring new life to homes otherwise forgotten. Their latest project is a 1952, 4,000-square-foot, ranch style home in Leawood, KS. The home’s light and airy bathroom was once a utility closet off the kitchen and dining space. To reimagine the space as a bathroom, Paige and Carter kept the exterior windows in place, but closed off the original entry and created a new doorway through the master bedroom. “The goal for this bathroom was to create an oasis,” Paige shares. “Typically, ranches in this neighborhood have teeny, tiny bathrooms, and we wanted this one to stand out as a retreat. We added an 8-foot vanity, a soaking tub, and an oversized marble shower to accentuate the spa-like feel. We converted the original master bathroom into a walk-in closet.”

Designing a space to flip is tricky. You are essentially designing for future homeowners that you have never met, and they likely have varied design styles. “When potential buyers walk in, we want them to think, “I don’t want to leave!” Paige says. There is a particular challenge designing for a buyer you don’t know vs. a specific client, and it can be harder to take risks, but Paige admits that she “finds a great deal of pride in designing these homes and believe[s] that buyers will see the vision and potential in each space.” Giving each home project special touches, such as the herringbone pattern on the bathroom floor, is important to Paige and Carter.

If I walked into this home as a buyer, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want to leave this room, that’s for sure. It brings instant calm to me. I hope you enjoy this peek into Paige and Carter’s latest project! —Erin 

Photography by Kaley from Kansas / @kaleyfromkansas

Image above: The sconces that Paige and Carter selected are from Rejuvenation, paired with mirrors from Pottery Barn and accessories from Golden & Pine

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From dated utility room to beautiful master bathroom.
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The new space features a walk-in shower, an 8-foot double-sink vanity, and a soaking tub. The rug brings in a muted splash of color.

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From before to after, Paige and Carter kept the windows, but made a new entryway into the master bedroom.
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Another look at the original exterior windows, but you now see how the shower is located where the original door was  (which used to lead to the kitchen and dining area).

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Another peek from before as a utility room to the after, a serene spa-like bathroom.
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The soaking tub is stunning under the windows. I imagine the winter months, with snow falling outside, while soaking in a hot bath. The wooden stool gives warm tones to the room.

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A modern take on a vintage style is seen in the tub's hardware.
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A stunning peek at this before and after space.

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