Katie Ott: Kitchen Studio: Kansas City
Designer Katie Ott chose the master bath as her favorite space because it completely represents her own aesthetic.
“The bathroom is one of the few areas we have completely remodeled, so every aspect of it is what I want. It is my taste and has all the amenities I want,” she explained. “Including things like ample storage, a steam shower, and the toilet closed off from the rest of the space.”
The original bathroom had many angles, dated materials, and lacked storage. Ott’s vision for the space included the reconfiguration of the space, and updated materials to achieve clean lines and a crisp design.
“I love to keep my counters uncluttered so having enough storage was a top priority for me. So we installed beautiful cabinetry with plenty of deep drawers. We highlighted the dark rich wood with a Caesarstone countertop,” she explained of her design.
Green glass tile backs the length of two walls and is featured in the steam shower. The shower wall includes recessed storage adding interest and architectural design. The rough tile wall seems to go right through the shower glass of the shower.
“I get cold quite easily so a steam shower was another amenity that was important to me. It is sizable and has two shower heads, a hand held and a rain head. We brought the ceiling down, and tiled it and the back with the green glass tile. We then encased it in glass so that we can have steam showers. The lower ceiling allows it to heat up well and quickly without heating the entire bathroom. Since the bathroom is big, it gets really cold, so the steam shower is a great feature,” Ott added.
Ott’s experience in designing for others aided her defining her own vison.
“When you design for someone else, you try to think of every aspect that they may not have thought of and address functionality as well as beauty. That aspect helped me know exactly what I wanted.”
The space she says, is one of the few spaces that is all hers. Or at least mostly hers, explained the designer and mother of three.
”I have twin 4 ½ year old boys and a 1 ½ year old girl so time or space to myself is a rare thing. I like to think of the bathroom as ‘my space’ ideally, and a place I can go to get a little quiet to rejuvenate. Practically speaking however, it is designed with the kids in mind. The shower is big enough to fit them all at once, for example.”
Ott and her husband worked on the project on spare weekends, making the project a long one, she explained, but well worth the effort.
“This is the kind of project that really inspires me because so many of us have ‘that’ bathroom that is so outdated or unattractive or lacking function that it seems nearly impossible to envision it as something beautiful. I love it that I can show people pictures of the space before, and then after, and show them that creating something wonderful from what might seem an improbable space.”
Cabinets: Crystal Cabinet Works | Countertops: Caesarstone-Nougat | Glass Shower doors: Classic Shower Door | Tile Work: KC Tile and Stone | Tile for walls, floor and shower: Central States Tile | Shower Glass & Mirrors: Westport Glass | Hardware: Top Knobs | Light Fixtures: Ferguson | Paint: Benjamin Moore | Plumbing Fixtures: Kohler | Windows/Doors: Pella | Window Coverings: One Stop Decorating