Lake Elmo Multi-bath remodel

The Trifecta bathroom remodel

When these homeowners bought the executive property years ago they didn't really notice that all the bathroom countertops were several inches lower than today's standard height. Add that irritating anomaly to badly outdated bathrooms in terms of colors, materials and functionality, well, you've got the perfect remodeling storm—all three baths at once needed to be remodeled. This presented some challenges as well as some opportunities.

Cost and time efficiencies can be gained by doing all the bathrooms at once, assuming the homeowners have a latrine out back, leave the property until the work is done, or have a fourth bathroom—which was the case with this ambitious project. The homeowners were able to continue to utilize their Master Bedroom throughout the project, as the prep for the work area included a temporary plastic wall barrier and floor coverings, creating a protected hallway to the workspace and keeping dust minimized in adjacent areas.

In the end we updated the main floor powder room with new custom vanity, sink and mirror, replaced all the materials in the guest bathroom, including the tub, opened up the feel and functionality without changing the foot print, and completely gutted the master bath, moving the vanity wall forward to allow for a much larger walk-in shower


Design/Build Consultant—Cherie Poissant

Photography—Alyssa Lee


Vanity paint is dove white with wrought iron shade of glaze


The vanity wall was moved forward into the room, which allowed for a walk-in shower space with glass partition and a new recessed linen cabinet. This change also helped balance the proportion of the room to accommodate the reduction in real estate for the tub.


Kholer Reve cast iron free standing tub

We removed a built-in jacuzzi, and added a free standing kholer cast iron tub, weighing 435 lbs. and hid the plumbing through a small knee wall we created behind the tub.


Left Photo: Master bath jucuzzi takes up a lot of room; Middle Photo: Guest vanity walled off by cabinetry made the room claustrophobic, dark and difficult to access linen closet as the entry door closed against it; Right photo: Powder room showing aged cultured marble sink and golden oak cabinets and large plain mirror.



There are always some discoveries made during a major remodel where walls are disrupted or altered. In this case an entry point for rodents was discovered along with a bee hive. Yikes! No one ever said remodeling didn't carry some risks. The issue seems minor now, and correcting the issue, sealing the hole, cleaning out the mouse droppings and the hive material was relatively easy, but the situation we uncovered would eventually have caused potentially cost issues down the road. Mice have a way of disturbing insulation, using it as a nest which can create airflow and consequently moisture problems, which can lead to rot and mold issues.

So, sometimes the problems we uncover can actually prevent more serious issues in the future.





Master Bath:

  • Kohler Margzux Shower Arm & flange, polished chrome
  • Kholer Reve free standing 66 x 33 cast iron in white
  • Master bath custom vanity with full extension/soft close drawers, shaker door style & bunn feet.
  • Shower floor tile Salina Rust 2x2
  • Shower wall tile AE/Tranquility Blend 5/8" 12x12 with Deco Band to be approx. 6"
  • Countertops Praa Sands 3cm Cambria w/backsplash
  • Vanity countertops New Quay 3cm Cambria (tree line profile) w/side splash
  • Hydro systems Regan soaking tub, white
  • Vanity countertop new New Castle 3cm Cambria w/drop in sink

Guest Bath:

  • Tile 12x24" Vogue Hazelnut, 12x24 porcelain 1/3 offset vertical in the tub surround with “waterfall feature” band 12" Arctic Stone Bamboo Mosaics running vertical on the back wall and back of niche, tub to ceiling
  • Floor set 12x24" porcelain 1/3 offset parallel to vanity

Powder Room:

  • Vanity countertop new New Castle 3cm Cambria w/drop in sink


Master bath tile shelves were custom fabricated out of the same wall tile to make it virtually disappear. ​​


Paint—dove white no glaze


Added more accessible storage for the guest bath includes hidden electrical outlet for hair dryers and shavers. New deeper soaking tub with, accented with a vertical run of mosaic tile. New updated materials. Also updated linen closet with cabinet face frames to save cost.


Deep soaking Kohler tub


Custom vanity, New Castle Cambria counter top with Treeline edge profile



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