Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Spa Bathroom Renovation by GreenTex Builders and HGTV Bath Crashers

A Spa Bathroom! Isn't this something that we all would love. Remember my post the other day about GreenTex Builders and the beautiful, energy efficient home they built in Austin. If you missed it you can read about it here. Well I have another great project they recently completed that I am going to share with you. GreenTex Builders was contacted by HGTV Bath Crashers to do a 3 day renovation of a traditional bathroom in an Austin Texas home and it is amazing.

They renovated a traditional bathroom into a modern day spa retreat. I could definitely spend some time in here. The wood you see on the wall is reclaimed barn wood. The Bath Crashers TV host, Matt Muenster and the homeowners created a stencil of the tree and then literally burned the design onto the reclaimed wood with a torch.
The reclaimed wood continues the entire length of the wall. Often we see art in a bathroom but never like this.

On the opposite wall, they placed the shower and the tub into its own space, but not enclosed. That canopy  above the tub is made of ipe wood, one of the hardest, densest woods available.
The ipe wood slats mirror the horizontal barn wood against the wall giving the whole room a cohesive feel.
Notice the water spout at the top of the tub. Can anyone say drama...... and the blue grey paint color of the room also sets the tone for the spa-like feel.
This is a Kohler Effervescence infinity tub where the water flows right over the edge and down into the lower part of the bottom of the tub and it produces champagne-like bubbles from 11 jets.
See below what appears to be a mirror, well that is a waterproof tv. Watch tv while you soak in the tub, shower, or at the sink getting ready in the morning. The two squares right and left of the tv are speakers, waterproof of course.
 The walls of the shower and tub area are covered in concrete. 
The floor of this shower, with a lip around the edge helps contain the water. The main shower head is pointed towards the tub, so the overflow spray would be contained. 
See those 5 square stainless steel blocks on the ceiling, those are spray nozzles, so you could just lay across this bench and let the water just come down upon you. Nice! The stationary shower head contains a bluetooth speaker in the center. 
The tile on the shower floor and on the front of the tub is a 2x2 mosaic carrara marble tile.  
 The concrete walls are easy to maintain and I like the smoky troweled concrete appearance.  
I like the understated faucet handles for the tub.
The floating wood vanity is custom made and it has three drawers below each sink. The center of the vanity is custom made of steel by David Blevins from Dave's Metal Works. The flooring in this bathroom is very unique. It is Chilewich floor tiles made of bamboo in a chalk finish.
 The solid white quartz countertops are stunning.
The absolutely gorgeous solid glass vessel sinks from Kohler weight about 80 lbs a piece. The Kohler faucets have a polished chrome finish.
The window is operable, allowing fresh to circulate in the room. So many bathrooms today do not have any operable windows. I find it refreshing to have an operable window not only for natural light but also for air flow. It is so nice to allow fresh air to circulate in a bathroom every once in awhile.
These slim unadorned mirrors fit perfectly in this space against the rectangular window running along with the wood slats makes your eye move left to right with no wall sconces interrupting the flow of the space. 
This spa has a 2 sided ethanol fireplace mounted in the wall. It is surrounded by a custom made solid piece of steel also made by David Blevins of Dave's Metal Works in Austin, Texas. This fireplace can heat this entire bathroom.  
 All you see is the flame of the fire.

The fireplace is from EcoSmart Fire.  You can put one of these ethanol fireplaces just about anywhere. You do not have to have any gas lines installed, no electrical needed and no flue or chimney is required. There is a canister of ethanol below the flame. Whenever you are not using the fireplace you can simply close the cover. 
I love this open shelving at the back of the wall that encloses the toilet. Shelving and storage is a must in any bathroom. The fireplace is flush along the wall. Nothing juts out into the space of this bathroom, all straight lines.
The bathroom has a very soothing effect. It does feel like a very upscale spa.

The whole space feels natural and it reminds me of nature with the tree etched into the barn wood.

The space on the opposite side of the fireplace is the space that holds the toilet, and although I don't have a picture of it, it is a top of the line toilet and it does just about everything! That box you see on the wall is the manual flush buttons.
If you would like to see the video of this renovation please go to GreenTex Builders website which you can view here.
Robin Colton was the interior designer on this project and you can find out much more about her at Robin Colton Studio.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of this spa retreat. I think my pulse slowed down just a little, while sharing this luxurious space with you. I hesitated showing you the before picture, because there is absolutely nothing wrong with the original bathroom (and there is that man in the mirror), but I just knew you would want to see it. So here it is.

So do you think it is an improvement? I do!

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  1. The Green Tex builders are creating some amazing spaces in homes in Austin. I love looking at what they have done, but must admit I prefer a more cluttered look, sometimes called cottage, or country French, etc... LOL I bet their work appeals to men. Strong, clean lines, massive displays, natural woods,...


    1. Thanks Judith. I love taking different things from different styles and blending them with my own style. I can see where you would think that this bath might appeal to men more. Personally I find it very soothing and uncluttered.
      Thanks, Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  2. I think that the wood wall is absolutely stunning, Patty. The bathroom isn't necessarily my style, but it is stunning and that wall and the tree add such warmth and interest.

  3. Wow! I'm speechless... I'll I can do is show my husband this and say "THIS IS WHAT I WANT!!!" Great job. I love, love, LOVE the wood wall. Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2013/09/fridays-five-features-no-7.html

    1. Thanks Becca for your kind words.
      Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  4. Although this is a bit modern for me, I really like it because it's different and doesn't look like every other bathroom you see. The burned stencil on the old barn wood is a fabulous idea!

    1. Thank you! I am in love with the torched on wood - I think I might do a cherub!!
      Thanks, Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  5. I can tell you the bathroom fits the lake feel of the house! The wall is a work of art. We love it and are so grateful to GreenTex for the tranformation!

    The homeowners!

    1. The Homeowners! Oh my! I am so glad you found your bathroom renovation on my blog! I am also grateful to GreenTex Builders for allowing to write about your gorgeous renovation. This bathroom does reflect a lake feel environment with all the natural materials that were used in this room. I do hope you like the post I did on your bathroom!
      Patty Rumaker at Home and Lifestyle Design

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