the Shab's Master Bath Remodel

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The Shab’s Master Bath Remodel

This master bathroom went from traditional to contemporary with new rift oak vanities – stained black, Grohe fixtures, custom brushed alum. mirror frames, heated 16×16 gray and charcoal tile, a soaking tub, new lighting, and disappearing medicine cabinets.

A soaking tub in front of the windows helped allot to fill in this massive bathroom.

This space originally had a 3×4 shower and a small drywall closet on the left. We relocated the shower to the other side and added this make up desk cabinet with linen storage. The drawer on the right has an outlet for the hair dryer inside. The flat screen TV is on a swivel.


I made the cases out of prefinished clear maple plywood and wrapped them in rift oak panels.

The drawer fronts are solid rift oak mounted on dovetailed 3/4” maple drawers with Blum hidden drawer slides.

The top is removable for (inevitable) repairs.

Since the cabinet is hanging on the wall, the back is 3/4” thick and strengthened to withstand a 16 yr. old hopping up on it.

The Finish is a black dye stain which turns black red in the light. Two coats of water base finish at the insistence of the cabinet finisher. I still prefer oil base.

It looks awesome, but shows any water splash so you have to wipe it down every time. The client was aware and fine with that from the beginning. No kids and she’s very tidy.

The huge whirlpool and deck were removed and a 7×8 two person shower “room” was created with Grohe body sprays, a rain shower head, 2 arm hinged, adj. shower heads, 2 handheld wands, 3 diverters, and 2-12×18 soap niches laid out to sink into the tile pattern.

We installed round, opaque, 1/4” glass panels on 2” chrome cylindrical spacers in front of the existing round windows, one above the tub and one above toilet.

The existing 3 panel entry doors were replaced with 2 – 3/8” opaque glass doors mounted on a new rift oak door jam and trim to match cabinets. We used two way, self closing shower door hinges.


There are 2 custom disappearing maple medicine cabinets on either side.

The toilet rm. pocket door was replaced with a very opaque glass fullview door.

The best part of this project was working with Gladys, the homeowner. She and her husband were very nice and really got in to the project.

This is why I do this.

-- mark - Grayslake IL.

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