Mom’s Getaway – Glen Ellyn

The Setup

This primary bathroom remodel is part of a major update for a family of four that also included a wet bar and an epic mudroom in the lower level.

The existing primary bathroom was outdated and lacked functionality.

Design Objectives

  • Large shower with a bench
  • Freestanding tub with lumbar support
  • Ample storage and counter space
  • Keep an accessible view of the backyard

Design Challenges:

  • Arrangement that maintains an unobstructed view of the wildlife in the backyard
  • Have the toilet be more private and not in the middle of the room, without closing in the rest of the space
  • Keeping the bathroom footprint open while incorporating separate vanities, a shower and a freestanding tub

The Renewed Space

Design Solutions:

  • After reviewing many different floor plan options, we decided on placing the large freestanding tub at a 45-degree angle so the family can walk up to it and still look out the window.
  • We bumped into the primary bedroom about 4’ to accomplish a large shower without giving up bathroom floorspace.
  • Since we had both a large shower and a tub in this space there wasn’t quite enough room to fully enclose the toilet area. Instead, we “hid” it in the corner next to a sink vanity. We filled the space across from it with a tall linen cabinet.
  • Soft white tile on the floor and white painted walls keep this space light and bright while making the footprint feel wide and spacious. The natural light and numerous decorative light fixtures also brighten the space. The angled tub  promotes visual flow.

Even though this is the primary bathroom, the kids also like to use this space. It is spacious – with the two separate vanities, multiple family members can use this space at the same time.


11’ x 16’


Brand: Mouser

Finish: Inkwell

Door style: Plaza full overlay


Brand: Cambria

Type: Quartz

Color: Portrush


Kohler Abrazo freestanding tub
Moen fixtures in brushed gold

Special Features:
  • Angled half-wall behind tub for a plant, book or glass of wine
  • Brushed brass knurled hardware


“Alicia and I had a great time picking colors and textures. My husband sat back, for the most part, until the end – after seeing how much fun we were having he got involved in picking the shower marble.”

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