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The perfect master bath? It's all about the shower in this N.J. home renovation

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N.J. home makeover: Wayne
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The huge spa tub with its bath-enhancing view of the outdoors through a large arched window was somebody else's idea of the perfect master bathroom.

Joe and Lynn Kirincich are shower people, and they wanted the works: body, overhead and handheld sprays within a custom glass enclosure. But the oversized whirlpool tub was standing in the way of their vision.

"We never used it, and it was just taking up a massive amount of space," said Lynn Kirincich. "We realized that eliminating it completely would make a big difference."

Their interior designer, Jennifer Vreeland McDermott of Englewood Cliffs, was charged with making over the master bath, their children's bathroom and, later, a powder room, in their 1973 home. For the master bath, she recommended moving things around.

Reconfiguration would not only make room for the couple's dream shower, but they could adjust the room's natural light from the bathtub window and an overhead skylight.

"I would be blinded when I was trying to get ready in the morning," Lynn Kirincich (pronouced Corin-sic ) said of the combined sunlight from the two windows. It was something she'd had to work around since the couple purchased their 3,000-square-foot, four-bedroom Colonial in 2005.

Managing the glare was the biggest challenge in the redesign, said Vreeland McDermott. She had to come up with a solution that would not result in a dark bathroom.

So, the window was closed off, and the tub was replaced by a spacious double vanity with two sinks set in its Carrara marble top.

"We put up a large mirror that runs the whole length above the vanity," Vreeland McDermott said. "That reflects a lot of light. We used a lot of glass to keep everything open -- all of the shower walls and doors, and two glass pendant chandeliers centered in the room. The whole idea was just to keep it very light filled, using nice reflective surfaces with the mirrors and the glass. "

The skylight remains, and a smaller window was added closer to a corner above the relocated toilet, and the designer also used a light-colored semi-gloss paint in Benjamin Moore's Stonington Gray. It helps brighten the space while complementing the room's slate-colored tile.

"The whole layout was flipped to maximize space," Lynn Kirincich said. Moving the vanity and the toilet made room for a larger shower on the opposite wall.

"They wanted a big, luxurious, locker room kind of shower," Vreeland McDermott said. And that's exactly what they got.

"The bigger shower has a good-size bench with a Carrara marble top, which I love," Kirincich said.

A mosaic of small glass tiles in blues and grays was installed on one wall and on the floor of the shower, which was expanded from 9 square feet to about 20 square feet.

"We have a center showerhead that's up high with a big diameter, so you get a lot of water," she added. There are two body sprays, one on each side, and a handheld shower that's wall mounted.

The large, slate-colored Provenza brand tile used on the shower walls was cut and laid in a herringbone pattern to add interest as flooring.

"I manipulated the same tile by cutting it different ways," Vreeland McDermott said.

Beyond the glass-enclosed, custom-designed shower, Kirincich says the redesign has made the master bathroom more efficient for a couple's use.

"We are in the bathroom in the evenings at the same time," she said. "It's made a huge difference to have our own sinks and our own drawers and our own space."

Is this her dream bathroom?

"Working within my budget and my space, I would say yes," Kirincich says. "All the finishes are amazing. The new layout was the big game changer."

Meanwhile, the renovation of the bathroom shared by their daughter, 8, and son, 5, was more of a cosmetic update, with no costly movement of plumbing.

They chose blue walls to bring in a "clean and happy" mood of the beach. Lengths of slender wood molding were attached to the wall, and painted in a durable semi-gloss white to resemble tall wainscoting.

"When you paint the wall and the molding in the same color and finish, it looks like it is all wood," Vreeland McDermott said of the technique, used in both bathrooms.

Like their parents, the children got a large vanity with two sinks.

"It's like two vanities in one," said Vreeland McDermott. "We built in the mirrors so they look seamless."

The floor is a porcelain tile that looks like planks of wood, adding to the bathroom's traditional styling. Kohler fixtures were used in updating both bathrooms.

The tub and glass enclosure of the bathroom's combination shower-tub was replaced.

"We put in nice white subway tiles and kept it really clean, nothing too detailed," Vreeland McDermott said. "We wanted it to stand the test of time. When they become teens, they can easily change this bathroom."

What they renovated

The master bathroom and kids bathroom in a 3,000-square-foot 1973 Colonial.

Who did the work

Jennifer Vreeland McDermott, owner of JV Design Style in Englewood Cliffs resdesigned the bathrooms. G&L and Sons Renovations of Cedar Grove handled construction.

How long it took

About 12 weeks

What they spent

$35,000 for the master bathroom and $15,000 for the kids bathroom

Where they splurged

On the size of the master bathroom shower and its custom glass enclosure

How they saved

By not moving any plumbing in the kids bathroom and with their designer's technique of using applied moulding to replicate wall paneling

What they like most

The reconfiguration of the master bath. "Removing the large whirlpool tub and placing the shower on the opposite wall has made a world of difference," says Lynn Kirincich. "There's more space and less light in my face from the skylight when I'm getting ready in the morning."

What they'd have done differently

"The dark floor in the kid's bath requires a lot of maintenance," Lynn Kirincich said. "The kids are messy and the floor shows everything. I might consider something more forgiving, but maybe not because it looks perfect in the room."

Kimberly L. Jackson may be reached at home@starledger.com. Find NJ.com Entertainment on Facebook.

 

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