Pairing Elegance with Essential

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Transforming an Outdated Master Bath

Story by Ann Butenas     |     Photography by Matthew Anderson

When this master bath underwent a complete remodel, the transformation successfully infused elements of comfort and elegance. While perhaps in the past bathrooms were not as well-appointed as they are today, this particular retreat has transitioned from an outdated framework to more of a personal sanctuary, securing the apparent royal treatment in the process.

The words elegance, sophistication and softness come to mind when surveying this space. With its impressive footprint, contractor Terry Skilling, owner of Rhino Builders, was able to eliminate one of the two original showers and install in its place washer and dryer units.

“We actually did not do any changes to the overall space in terms of construction,” indicated Skilling. “We only incorporated some minor framing, widening a doorway to allow for the washer and dryer to be installed.”

Skilling’s team on this project included Lauren Balestrieri of L Marie Interior Design; Christine Hawkins with Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery; and Doug Cox, Field Supervisor with Rhino, all of whom brought their unique talents to the table to produce a veritable show-stopper that seems to defy precise description in terms of style.

“It suggests a contemporary vibe but definitely has its own personality,” stated Skilling.

Among the luxurious features in this bathroom include large format porcelain tile on the floor, flowing into the accompanying shower and niche, which is then accented by a smokey ridge colored unpolished mosaic shower pan.

Decorative all-brushed nickel fixtures highlight the bathroom and are complemented by the Silestone quartz vanity tops. The painted, mixed wood cabinets were designed not only for eye appeal but also maximum storage. Instead of a single large frameless mirror placed above the vanity, two individual framed mirrors enhance the area. While strategic placement of recessed can lights do the heavy lifting for necessary brightness, the luxurious chandelier inspires that decided regal touch to the overall space.

This particular home has ties to The Dream Factory’s Boulevard of Dreams, an organization that raises funds through volunteer efforts to grant dreams to local children with chronic illnesses. All of the labor, scheduling and materials were donated in the design and making of this bathroom for this cause. This particular homeowner won the bid for this spectacular new bathroom.


  • Contractor: Rhino Builders
  • Interior Designer: L Marie Interior Design
  • Plumbing Fixtures, Tubs, Sinks: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
  • Countertops: Silestone

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