Our Bathroom Renovations

Today I am continuing the Home Design Series with the renovation of our two bathrooms. Both of the bathrooms were oddly designed originally; seeming like afterthoughts. The challenge for us was to design bathrooms that were functional as well as bright and beautiful. There was not a lot of space to work with for either bathroom; but by being thoughtful about use, we were able to reconfigure the bathrooms to be more functional and to maximize space. So let’s explore the transformations!

Guest Bathroom

This bathroom was so weird! There was an incredibly long counter, a single sink, with just bottom cabinets and drawers for storage. The lack of windows made this room feel like a long dark hallway. The wallpaper was not doing it any favors, either!

before, guest bath

The pointlessly long counter took up so much space that the tub/shower insert and the toilet were really cramped at the end. These two things are essentially the main purpose of the space. So this bathroom felt like it lacked functionality.

Demo Day

We completely gutted the bathroom and unfortunately found mold and a lot deterioration behind and under the shower and tub.

Personally, I feel that bathrooms need to have some natural light. So the first order of business was to add a transom window at the end of the bathroom, in the shower. Even from these in-progress pictures, the natural light makes a gigantic difference in the overall feel of the space.


The redesign included shortening the counter and adding a tall cabinet for more storage. In shortening the counter, we could move the toilet down toward the sink a bit and open up the shower space. Because we don’t have children, a bathtub was unnecessary. But we do have three dogs, and an open, more spacious shower space provides an easy way for me to bathe them without having to get them into a tub.

Here’s a side-by-side; before and after:

Master Bathroom

The master bathroom was a bit more involved because it required altering the footprint of the space. The view below is looking toward the master bath. The original layout was like a hotel room where the double vanity is basically in the bedroom, with a wide entryway and no privacy. The doorway to the left opens to the shower, tub and toilet.

before, master bedroom and vanity
before, master bath

The redesign of the layout includes popping out that area to the left of the doorway to the shower/tub/toilet. In the picture above, you can see that area that “pops” out a little bit. My redesign would pop it out far enough to create a nook for the toilet. This would also shorten the main entryway into the bathroom space, creating a standard sized doorway so we could add a door for separation and privacy.

before, master bath

Inside the shower/tub/toilet space, there is a window behind the toilet, which we left intact.

before: master bath

Demo Day

In addition to adjusting the footprint of the bathroom, I wanted a completely open shower. Essentially, the room would be one large shower room, with a small nook for the toilet. Much like the guest bath, I wanted to bring more natural light to this bathroom, so we have another transom window in the shower. And also like the guest bath, this one had mold and deterioration issues that needed remediation.


In the progress image above, you can see we kept the double vanity location the same, swapping out the cabinetry, counter top and fixtures. The original doorway into the shower room remains, but you can see the little nook we created for the toilet by “popping out” that area of the shower room into the original entryway with the double vanity.

master bath

With moving the toilet into the little nook, we gained enough space for a free standing tub, in roughly the same spot where the toilet was originally located. To the right of the tub, the shower is in the same location as the original shower/tub. But instead of a closed off shower over tub situation, the whole area is open.

The view below shows the new entryway to the master bathroom; how we have a standard-sized doorway. We opted for a sliding barn door, to eliminate the space required by a door swinging outward or inward.

Master bedroom and bathroom

Below, see the before and after (I added another transom window above the bed to bring more natural light into the master bedroom.):

Thank you all for spending some time touring our Bathroom Renovations today. Webber Coleman handled the entire home remodel project and it was wonderful to be on the same page with our designer and contractor. If you missed the Kitchen Renovation Post, check that out. I am a big fan of consistency, so you might notice the similarities in the use of materials through both renovations. Remember you can also find me on Instagram and Pinterest! Take care and be well, everyone. xo Kelly

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  • Mari
    August 11, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Wow, those are all really nice. I really loved the transom window, but our guest bath will need to have it above the door because of the way the rooms are situated. I really like your design aesthetic. Everything turned out beautifully instead of over designed. I think it’s important for people to seriously think about what they don’t like and what isn’t working, which you did. That is the hardest part, because there are so many design shows and magazines, that it’s easy to fall for a trend that wouldn’t make sense. My big design crushes would have to be pocket doors, clerestory windows and transom windows. Thanks for another great post. I absolutely love this series. Lots of great ideas.

    • Kelly Djalali
      August 11, 2021 at 10:13 am

      Thank you Mari! I had most of the design drawn before we lived in the house, but we did have the opportunity to live in the house for about two months before the renovations started, so we were able to tweak things that we realized needed tweaking after using the spaces. I really like pocket doors too, and clerestory windows! It was Alex’s idea for the barn door, which was a great solution, we have a second one as my closet door, which is inside the master bathroom, on the right of the double vanity. It was important to me to have consistency in the use of materials throughout, so all the cabinetry is the same in the kitchen and the bathrooms, same with the counter tops, and the barn doors are the same as the cabinetry. Then, where we had some fun was with the tile choice and layout. That gave each bathroom its own character, while it still feels cohesive. Thanks so much for stopping by and chatting today! xo Kelly

  • Terry
    August 11, 2021 at 10:37 am

    I love this series as well, I have seen both bathrooms completed but I didn’t recall the before pics so much WOW!!! It is amazing how you and your team transformed them into what we see today BEAUTIFUL ♥️Mom

    • Kelly Djalali
      August 11, 2021 at 11:30 am

      Thanks Mom! It was fun to see the transformation. xo Kelly

  • Loya
    August 11, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Kelly, the bathrooms are breath taking! You have a wonderful eye for design. I enjoy reading your delicious food posts everyday, and when you share things about your home or travels it is always such a treat! I know you and Alex and the dogs will enjoy this new bathroom space very much. Thank you for sharing. Loya

    • Kelly Djalali
      August 11, 2021 at 11:33 am

      Thanks so much, Loya! I can say for certain that the dogs have uneasy feelings about that guest bathroom! Every time we head in there for their bath day, they are not super happy about it. Lol! I am happy you enjoy the blog, I love coming up with new ideas and experiences to share. Have a wonderful Wednesday, xo Kelly

  • Roberta
    August 11, 2021 at 11:52 am

    Love your recipes and have tried many of them. Truly enjoying description and pics of your remodel. I’m in the
    process of tweaking master, guest and half bath. Love the shelving above the toilet. I will incorporate that in
    the master over toilet. What is the model and brand of fan in master bedroom? Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Kelly Djalali
      August 11, 2021 at 12:08 pm

      Hi Roberta, I am so happy you enjoy the blog and the recipes! The floating shelves above the toilet are such a great use of that space.

      The exact fans are no longer available from Wayfair, but they have an almost identical match:

      Ceiling Fan

      Hope that helps and thanks for stopping by! xo Kelly

  • Sylvia Espinoza
    August 11, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    Ditto what all the Blog Sisters are expressing! So happy for you! Your dogs brought back a funny memory. In the 90’s had a rat terrier. He’d walk s-l-o-w-l-y to hide under the dining table when he’d hear the tub filling with water. I’d have to crawl under the table myself to get him, and though inches away from his face, he’d looked up or around, pretending he didn’t see or hear me, and hope I’d go away. It was hilarious! Once bathed, though. he seemed so happy. But he had to resist the same way every single time. Lovin’ all you do, Kelly. Hugs!~

    • Kelly Djalali
      August 11, 2021 at 12:14 pm

      Hi Sylvia! What a character your little terrier must have been! Our little girl, Penny tries to do the same thing, but I end up just chasing her in circles around the kitchen for a minute or two before I am able to outsmart her, or she just finally gives in. After her bath though, she gets the zoomies and it’s so funny to watch! Thank you for dropping a line today, it’s so good to hear from you! xo Kelly

  • Jill Sweetapple
    August 11, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    Such improvement! The originals were so dull!!! Nothing like a personalized bathroom too. I really like your tiles.

    • Kelly Djalali
      August 11, 2021 at 4:47 pm

      Hello Jill, I know, right!? Such a big difference, sometimes I still can’t believe it. The tiles are so much fun, I am very happy we went with bold patterns in those two spaces. Thank you so much for stopping by today! xo Kelly

  • Carroll
    August 11, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    I love your transom windows!!!

    • Kelly Djalali
      August 12, 2021 at 8:43 am

      Thank you, Carroll! Made all the difference in those spaces. xo Kelly