A Master Bath Design: Sneak Peak into the Process

Posted on: November 5th, 2012by John 10 Comments

It’s so satisfying to see the excitement on a client’s face at the end of a marathon meeting. Last night was one of those times. A 2 1/2 hour meeting – reviewed 30 drawings of design proposals for the master bedroom suite, guest bath, foyer, family room and study/living room. Then reviewed and reconfirmed the design for the front portico. So many great decisions were made!

In this post, I want to share a little of the process of refining the vanity in the master bath. Here’s a picture of the existing master bath and vanity – our starting point.


A few idea images…


The floor plan.


For the vanity, I created four sketches. During the meeting we systematically reviewed, dissected and modified each sketch – creating a new design. The aress marked with boxes in the sketches are the areas we worked to create the new design. (One sketch was totally rejected…)

The final idea looks like this… It may not look like much, but for me, it’s the equivalent of taking notes. Each “sloppy line” has meaning.

I can’t wait to draw the new vanity and show it to our client!

Have a great week! I’ll be busy drawing…


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10 Responses

  1. Greet says:

    Your sketches are incredible!
    Nice to notice that my sister’s bathroom inspired you!
    Have a great week!

    • John says:

      Thank you Greet!
      There’s nothing like the sound of a soft pencil on tracing paper to help stimulate one”s thinking!
      That and inspiring photographs!


  2. What a wonderful talent you have John to be able to sketch out an idea. Looks like you have some wonderful inspiration too.

    Snow off and on yesterday and I’m so not ready for it!


    • John says:

      The client is our ultimate source of inspiration, as they share their vision of Home with us.
      How they want to live. How they want their home to feel. It’s all about the gestalt.
      Get that right, the rest comes easily.

      Frost here this morning.
      Getting ready for another blow off the water tomorrow…


  3. John, I’m doing a post about bloggers and friends and I have added you to this list and posted some of your work on my blog. It should go on tonight sometime….so appreciate your friendship and its been great to get to know you both in this blogging process……its a new world where you can meet so many people across the country and share design in a small space…like a blog!

    • John says:

      Thank you soooo much!!!

      New friends across the country – around the world!!! It’s pretty incredible isn’t it?
      Wish we could all have a jamboree some time!
      Find a cool lake side resort where we could all just hang out – eat, relax – a little vacation kind of thing….

      Loved seeing you in Mona’s blog this week!!!
      Pretty heady company, huh?

      Any time you need help or have a question, give a shout!


  4. designchic says:

    And I can’t wait to see it. It’s going to be stunning!! Love the large mirrors over each sink and beautiful sconces in between…can’t wait to see you work your magic! Enjoy the weekend~

    • John says:

      I have to say, it’s going to be beautiful! I’m meeting with the client tomorrow to present the final design. Had a blast thinking thru and picking the various bits and pieces of trim that will make the vanity doors and mirror sing. Did the same with the millwork for the master bed room, guest bath, foyer, living room/study and family room wet bar. It’s been a very full week…


  5. Linda Leyble says:

    Hi John…

    I loved all your design images and sketches. Your talent amazes me – I can’t wait to see the final Master Bath. Loved your quick sketch concept too! I am studying the way you draw – so I can create better concepts for my clients. I’ve improved alot since reading your blog. So – a big thank you for that.

    And a big thank you for being my blog friend. Your comments on my blog are always the best ones, the most thoughtful! Thanks so much for that.

    I want to share my upcoming blog calendar with you at some point – would love to highlight your work.



    • John says:

      Drawings went out for pricing today… Cross our fingers… Contractor should be working on the project before Christmas…

      I’m thrilled you’re working on your drawing skills! Be patient and remember they don’t have to be perfect.
      They’re more about communicating the feel/intent of your design.

      Your posts reach out to me, making it easy to comment!
      I’ll be in touch.


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