Leschi Master Bathroom Remodel

On remodeling a dark and awkward master bath into a rejuvenating oasis. 

Ready for a retreat-like master bath

This client, a single homeowner with high-quality taste, wanted to update the dark, cramped master bath into an organized space with a spa-retreat feel. A place where she would feel comfortable and at ease.

​​She had found her interior designer, Raina Henderson Interiors, who brought us in to build out this project.The master bath, prior to our remodel, had a triangular whirlpool bath, which took up a lot of space, and the smoked-glass shower door darkened the whole room.

There were different ceiling heights due to low heating ducts and strange-angle cutouts. The whole bathroom was, and felt, asymmetrical and tight; not an intuitive layout in an already-tight space.


As the home cantilevered out over a hillside so did the plumbing, as it was installed exposed to the underbelly of the home. This resulted in significant air leakage in the floor from all the plumbing penetrations causing a significant and noticeable temperature drop in certain parts of the bathroom.

All of the low ductwork, the asymmetrical feel and layout, the tight corner and spaces from the tub, plus all of the plumbing holes that accommodated the pipe were challenges in this project.


​We switched the locations of the tub and shower. We sealed up the floor penetrations and properly insulated the floor. The shower design is more spa-like with this flush entry, a glass panel and a small wall niche.

For the tub, we knew there was a staircase behind the wall, but were surprised to find so much structural support. The original design (a single, longer niche) changed to 2 shorter niches with a Facetime call between designer and lead carpenter.

We ended up keeping the ceiling heights, due to costs, but the design perspective draws the eye to the end of the bath without distraction.

Tile work by Decker Design.


​We enlarged the entire closet area by removing the linen closet, then installed a sliding barn door to maximize space. The barn door acts as a functional feature, as it has a large dressing mirror on the other side. California Closets was our organization resource.

We switched the window orientation between the two mirrors at the vanity to fit the space better. This, plus utilizing a lighter wall paint color, lifted the overall feel and flow of the space.


The design and remodel of this master bath gives the illusion of a longer and wider space overall. From the entry point, the eye is drawn down the center: luxe, spacious, balanced and inviting.

Is there a space or room in your home that could use an update or remodel? Which would be the first space you’d love to renovate? Leave your comments and let us know.

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About Olga Lockhart

Olga Lockhart, Marketing Manager for Pathway Design & Construction, researches, analyzes, and writes about these key topics: Universal Design, Aging in Place, Northwest building & Seattle remodeling trends, air quality issues, and solutions, during construction. She's also willing to chat about travel and culture out of the office.