Relax~Refresh~Renew: TOTAL REVIVE

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Setting the tone for the beginning and end of your day starts with the sanctuary known as the master bathroom.

Story by Ann Butenas   |   Photos courtesy of Total Home Remodeling




The sleek sliding barn door that hangs on rollers in front of the master bathroom of this Olathe home just begs you to push it to the side and discover the beauty and excitement of the space within. However, it took more than just a few tile samples and some wall accents to make this master bathroom the masterpiece it has ultimately become. Created with both function and detail in mind, it’s no wonder the design team at Total Home Remodeling won the “Best in Show” REMY award last year for this space.

“We came up with and tweaked over 15 different floor plans for this bathroom before finally settling on this one,” noted designer Vanessa Brouillette. “It was a huge bathroom with a lot of wasted space in the middle. The client loved the natural light that came in from the arched window and hated to lose it, which became a  challenge when dividing up the space. When we began this project, we basically ripped out everything including the two closets, which now stand on either side of the vanity and are accessed by opaque glass pocket doors.”




The closet is a U-shaped design and comes together behind the vanity area. A partial wall was built behind the vanity and the ceiling was raised within the closet behind it, allowing additional light to come through from the window and lighting in the closet space into the bathroom area.

The dark wood custom-made cabinets by lead carpenter Matt Preston provide aesthetic balance to the vessel sinks above that rest upon the grey Corian countertops. Tiny 1” x 1 ½” glass subway tiles artfully decorate the white backsplash behind the sinks.

“We never want to see a good storage opportunity missed, so we made the mirrors into medicine cabinets for extra storage,” said Brouillette.

The 12” x 24” charcoal grey tile flooring adds a warm touch to the space, while also providing a unique twist in front of the vanity.

“We used the extra tile from the wall and created a design on the floor to look like a rug,” stated Brouillette.




An expansive shower has replaced the formerly tiny shower and is definitely one that undoubtedly sees a lot of use. It enjoys light grey tile with charcoal undertones and subway tile, as used by the vanity, decorates the curved portion of the shower wall.

The shower floor was created from pebble rock that was sheared off to become a smooth surface, and three shower sprays – rain, handheld and fixed – beckon total relaxation while exuding style and sophistication.

As with any Total Home Remodeling project, consistent and thorough communication with the client throughout the entire project is key to its ultimate success, as evidenced by the client’s sentiments.

“Total Home effectively and efficiently communicated with me throughout the project,” she said. “It was great to see the cohesive working relationship of all the team members. The bathroom looks just like one out of House Beautiful!”


Project Designer:

Total Home Remodeling


Subway tile: Modwalls    |    Wall and floor tile: Emser Tile    |    Countertop: CaesarStone     |    Fixtures: Grandview Winnelson    |    Lighting: Rensen House of Lights     |    Carpet: Crider Carpet    |    Mirrors: Home Goods

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