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Goodbye, 1980's Bath and Hello, Fresh Design!

“I still can’t believe it. When I walk into our new master bath, I am shocked,” says Amy Smith, a recent Freestone Design-Build client. Amy and husband, Eric, are the owners of an early 1980 split level home in Fort Collins, CO that was ready for some serious updates and upgrades and when Amy met with Interior Designer, Cheri Freestone, creativity flowed and great ideas emerged.

The Smith’s bathroom was outdated and included worn particle board in a darker shade, a pocket door between the vanity area and that of the shower and toilet, and it had just one sink. Overall, it was not highly functional as a master bath and the Smiths longed for a style that would offer an on-trend look with clean lines and something that would also provide more functional space for organization and storage.

The 1980's shower featured dated, dark brown tile
BEFORE: Vanity area and door to toilet
BEFORE: Small, compartmentalized toilet area

BEFORE: Dated vanity, lighting, carpet, and little storage

Cheri went to work, choosing all finishes and pulling together a design that would meet Amy and Eric’s needs and requests while refreshing the space in a way that would be modern and yet blend with the rest of the house. “This is one of the last updates we’re doing right now to our home,” Amy commented. “It has been needed for quite some time and it’s so good to have this new design.”

AFTER: Rooms flow one to the next and blend

Included in the remodel are new hardwood floors in the master, a sliding barn door between the bathroom and bedroom, double vanity was added as well as an extra storage cabinet above the toilet, all new lighting, and two, mounted modern mirrors.

AFTER: Simplicity meets function and clean lines

“I think the biggest change besides all of these is the fact that there was carpet in the main part of the bathroom!” Amy laughs. “It also had patterned linoleum in the shower and toilet section and that had to go.” Replaced with contemporary yet subtle gray tile installed by 30+year tile installer/expert and company co-founder Scott Freestone, the floor is now up to date, functional, and easy to clean.

AFTER: A fresh, clean look for the new shower

Overall, this remodel was one that showcases the magnitude of our work, including both areas of expertise we offer: design and remodel. The Smiths are pleased with the rejuvenation of their master bath and remark that they love the neutral palette that offers bits of colors and also the white marble countertop with very simple gray accent lines, and also the process in general. “Cheri is knowledgeable and easy to work with,” says Amy. “She’s a great communicator and I like that the work ran smoothly. I always knew what to expect. And our preferences were honored.”

AFTER: Storage, light, space, and modern design

For Cheri, this project came together in ways that met her goals. She says, “It was a small, dysfunctional space. My goals were to create functionality, double the vanity and storage space, create flow, and make the area light and airy. It was a success and I was thrilled to create a beautiful space for Amy and Eric to use multiple times a day, every day!”

This project proves: Small space + tons of work = big impact!

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