The master shower 'as-is' condition prior to design consultation.

The master shower in its ‘as-is’ condition prior to consultation with Austin-Murphy Design.

When I meet with clients, they are often unclear as to what is involved with a master bath remodel.

Each remodel is unique. Some clients want to take two bedrooms and a bath and develop a new master bath suite. Others want to remove the jetted soaking tub that they no longer use and reconfigure the bathroom  adding a large tile shower with two shower heads. Others simply are interested in updating their space with new fixtures and finishes.

Whatever you are considering in your bath remodel, this outline of a ‘typical master bath remodel’ will be helpful to understand the work involved and the sequence of the tasks. This outline will be especially valuable if you are looking for a quality project and want to be completely happy with the end result.

If you have an actual remodel project that you are considering, please contact me. I will be happy to meet with you to view your space and address your specific needs and concerns.


MASTER BATH REMODEL, typical scenario

  • Meet with clients to view house, remodel space, and site
  • Outline the client’s needs, desires and preferences for the remodel design
  • Measure the space ‘as it is built’—this becomes the architectural base plan


  • Preliminary design
    • Study space to assess suitability with client’s needs
    •  Study ways the design requirements could be accommodated in the space
    • Develop several alternative initial space plan designs to present to the client for review
    • Meet with clients to get feedback and preferences; establish a design direction
    • Determine final location for plumbing fixtures


  • Design development
    • Develop a ¼”=1’-0″ scale floor plan of the space with the fixtures located
    • Study wall elevations, floor and ceiling for design opportunities
    • Study mill work cabinet options, architectural trim, new openings, etc.
    • Study options for finish material types, i.e. granite, tile, wood—stained or painted
    • Study specialty glass features—windows, shower enclosure, mirrors
    • Develop architectural trim details
    • Study decorative lighting—type of fixture, use & location
    • Develop room lighting plan schematic—upper and lower level
    • Meet with client to get feedback and preferences; establish a direction


  • Material and Product selections
    • Cabinet door style and material
    • Granite/tile selections and decorative accents
    • Light fixtures
    • Other features—heated towel warmer, heated floor mats, etc.
    • Cabinet hardware
    • Architectural doors
    • Specialty features, steam generator, etc.
    • Plumbing fixtures
    • Plumbing hardware—faucets, shower head, hand-held, body sprays
    • Paint, stain and decorative finishes selection


  • Construction Documentation set
    • Site plan
    • Demo plan
    • Floor plan
    • Lower level electrical
    • Upper level electrical
    • Wall elevations; shower elevations
    • Tile floor and shower design drawings
    • Architectural trim and cabinet details
    • Schedules—door, lighting, hardware
    • Miscellaneous hardware, special features
    • Miscellaneous specialty items


  • Project bid and construction phase
    • Project coordination with contractor
    • Supervision of construction documentation content and intent
    • Procurement of finish materials, decorative lighting and cabinet hardware, etc.
    • Coordination with sub-contractors and suppliers—cabinet maker, decorative painters, craftspeople and artisans



The completed master shower is the result of using the checklist which led to this exceptional design and quality project.

The completed master bath is the product of following the checklist,  resulting in this exceptional design and quality project.

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