Rebuilding a Cary NC Ranch Home – The Master Bath

 Here’s the Ranch Home we purchased in the  Preston subdivision in Cary, North Carolina.   Preston is a beautiful golf course community in Cary with 54 holes of golf and over 2400 homes. We are in the process of totally rebuilding this home to fit our comfort and lifestyle.  We would like to share our experience and progress with you via our blog.  This post describes and illustrates our challenge with redesigning the master bath:




Here’s the original master bath of the home we purchased in Cary.  Notice the half wall and complete openness (and lack of privacy) of the bathroom. 




  Here’s another view of the original master bath.  The small master closet is located at the far end of the bathroom. A Spa Tub is located directly across from the shower.




Here’s a view of the Spa Tub after the half wall was removed. 






                   Carroll Cope, our designer, and Dan Martin, our contractor, are laying out the floorplan for the new master bath.


When we looked at the bathroom in its original state, we knew immediately the room needed major changes.  We had no interest in keeping the open bedroom with partial walls into the bath area.

After having the master bath and master closet gutted, we considered several different floor plans.  Finally, we decided on the plan our designer originally had drawn.  This design utilizes all the space for maximum use and storage. It includes a large open vanity and four closets in the bath area.

To accomplish what was important for our everyday life, we eliminated the bathtub and made a larger shower.  We added a small spa tub to the second bathroom to make up for this loss.   A solar tube is also going to be installed in the bathroom to bring in more daylight.

The large vanity will have two counter recessed sinks.  After growing up with nine siblings, I have become less willing to share.  That is why we will both have our own space with drawers and cabinets to call our own.  On my side, I will also have a built in makeup mirror.

I have to admit I was in a state of shock when I saw the reality of how small our main closet will be.  It could be a wonderful display area for my shoe collection, but instead we had to get creative.  That is why we now have four separate closet areas designed into the bath area.   It is a great layout for us and we will be able to make it work.  (This may require a wardrobe change for me to limit my clothes to just a few designer pieces per season.)  The closets will have hanging space, built in shoe racks, plus room for a clothes hamper and linens.

So unlike our previous Cary home, all the space is well planned and will be utilized.  We are really excited with this design.

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