Outdated to Oasis

A main-suite bath renovation makes these homeowners feel they are at an upscale resort every day.

By Melissa Mauzy

Photography by Megan Lorenz

Designer: Accent on Cabinets


Now more than ever, homeowners are craving a luxury experience within their own homes. The main bathroom is the perfect spot to create a sophisticated sanctuary. A Frontenac couple was tired of their outdated main bath. A built-in tub, dated cabinetry and lack of style were no longer working for the couple who desired an updated space that was elegant with a “spa feel.”

With under 350 square feet to work with, designer Kathy Israel, Accent on Cabinets, says it was important to listen to her clients’ needs when transforming their main bath. Working in conjunction with Jeffrey Homes, Israel designed the new space to be open and airy, like an upscale resort.

Full overlay cabinets with applied molding doors in soft white set the tone for the refreshed palette. The cabinetry features lots of drawers to keep the homeowners organized in addition to a tall, deep cabinet for storage of towels and other large items. Elegant Rohl fixtures lend the perfect high-end touch. Israel also selected large porcelain tiles for the floor and wet room walls to give the bath a cleaner look with less busy grout lines.

To maximize function and square footage, Israel designed a wet room concept to house the shower and tub. “A wet room is a perfect solution for small bathrooms when you don’t have space for both a tub and separate shower,” she explains. “It can provide a spacious showering area and the high-end look of a luxurious spa hotel because the look is very streamlined.” Opting for an open glass shower helps to make the space seem larger and not closed in. The design team also moved the toilet into its own space setting up the room to be a private shower/bathing oasis that screams “take me away!”   



Builder: Jeffrey Homes 

Designer: Accent on Cabinets 

Tile: Westport Tile

Plumbing Fixtures: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery 

Artwork/Accessories: Armac Martin Hardware