Master Suite & Walk-in Closet Remodel in Ham Lake

These homeowners wanted a nice walk-in closet with lots of organization, and they also wanted a larger shower, and heated floors.

master bath and walk-in closet remodel in Ham Lake

Project Summary 

Having already remodeled several other rooms in the home, these homeowners now turned their attention to the “littlest” room in the house, which required a significant master bath remodel. You might say by square footage it wasn’t that small, but in terms of how it was used, the organization and layout had a lot of wasted space.

The first thing we do in phase one of any bathroom remodeling design is try and discover what the problems are in the space in question. We ask things like where is the clutter? What isn’t being used? What isn’t big enough? And what makes you stressed out?  

“Asking key questions helps you and your designer understand the goals of any remodel and stay focused on drafting the scope of the project,” explains David Long, a senior Design/Build Consultant at Murphy Bros. Design | Build | Remodel. “The order of design is very important in successful remodels.  Most homeowners like to jump ahead to the pretty things like bathroom vanity surfaces in this case, which is understandable. However, without determining the scope of the remodel first, it isn’t really helpful.”

In our initial (free) meeting about their bathroom and walk-in closet, we discovered the whirlpool tub was hardly ever used but was taking up a lot of space. The shower was also too small. And the walk-in closet they had was stacked floor to ceiling. It was stressful to simply walk into the space!

It was not a comfortable and calming place to be. Now the clients love their home, mostly because it is at peace with their current lifestyle and relieves stress rather than causing it.

AFTER: Custom vanity with full-length mirror and dual sink.
AFTER: Shower, glass door, shampoo niche, tile with in-floor heat.


Before remodeling: built-in Jacuzzi.
BEFORE: Master bath built-in corner jacuzzi and small shower, closet off to the right.
BEFORE: Boys' bath vanity and shower.
BEFORE: Looking back toward the entrance to the bath. Notice how close the door is to the jacuzzi and guess what banged when opened?
EFORE: Master bath vanity with one sink.
BEFORE: Cramped walk-in closet off of vanity.  You could find a shirt, but probably not the one you wanted.
EFORE: Master bath vanity with one sink.
BEFORE: Old 2-sink vanity.
BEFORE: The master bath shower
BEFORE: Because the jacuzzi was so large the shower had to be small and dimly lit.
BEFORE: The master bath shower
BEFORE: The stairs and carpet in the dining room.
Before and after floor plan comparison.
This proposed floor plan indicates the level of planning and detail in the structural work.


AFTER: Corner cabinet floor-to-ceiling storage
AFTER: Shower Floor: 1x1 Hex Noble ARV NOB HEX BLACK
AFTER: Vanity, mirrors, floating shelving and free-standing tub.
AFTER: LEFT—Cherry vanity, shaker style, ceramic tile herringbone pattern; RIGHT—new hardwood flooring to match existing on the main floor.
AFTER: Master bath shower (Rhythm Hex Pattern White) and free-standing tub.
AFTER: The new larger walk-in closet off the master bath organizes everything.
AFTER: Master bath shower bench seat in Vicostone Crystal Ice.
AFTER: LEFT—Hardwood flooring to match existing; RIGHT— New stairs, post, spindles, and rail.

FLOORING DESIGN TIP: Typical of many homes, this residence had multiple types of flooring that made the adjacent rooms feel smaller and disconnected.  So, we replaced the carpeting in the dining and bedrooms to match the oak flooring already in the kitchen. 

AFTER: Flooring — CemDwell Antique Florence floor tile.
AFTER: Flooring — Oak stairs to match existing.

Featured Materials


  • Cherry, framed full overlay, white melamine interior
  • Door style: Shaker
  • Shelving: ¾ inch Maple, painted


  • Caesarstone, Statuario Nuvo



  • Non-bath rooms: Hardwood oak to match
  • Bathroom: Mont Blanc 12 x 24 herringbone
  • Shower floor: 1x1 Hex Noble ARV NOB HEX Black 



  • Shower surround: Marmi Apuani in Coastal White


  • Master bath vanity: Cherry w/clear coat Mbros stain
  • Stairs: stained to match new floors
  • Baluster 1: AALTO single in satin black
  • Baluster 2: AALTO decorative in satin black
  • Bathroom walls & closet: SW7044 Amazing Gray

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