7 Dramatic Bathroom Makeovers Across All Styles

I love dramatic before-and-after reveals, and they never seem to get more dramatic than in the bathroom. We’ve dug into many of these remodels on Houzz, from those that involved homeowner ingenuity, creative sourcing and DIY efforts to those with budgets that could cover an entire house. Here’s a glimpse of every kind of remodel, from those that required one talented homeowner to those that took a village to complete, in no particular order. In case you want to know more about any particular remodel, I’ve provided links to the full stories.

Before and After: Dated Master Bath Gets Minimalist Makeover

1. From dated Southwestern to harmonious contemporary in Cleveland.

Architect Ryan Duebber had his work cut out for him when it came to the odd proportions and awkward configuration of this master bathroom.

contemporary bathroom by Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC

by Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC
AFTER: Duebber took the room down to the studs and started with a clean slate, careful to add only pieces that enhanced the minimalist space and created serenity. Materials like Brazilian massaranduba wood, stones and natural-cut limestone tile add organic warmth.

Before and After: Dated Master Bath Gets Minimalist Makeover

contemporary bathroom by Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC

by Ryan Duebber Architect, LLC

AFTER: A once-cluttered vanity area now has one dark-stained maple floating vanity with a light glowing over restful rocks underneath. A clear glass shower stall continues the streamlined effect.

by Urban Tastes Home & Furnishings

by Urban Tastes Home & Furnishings

2. From plagued with problems to classic vintage style in Washington, D.C.

Underneath the ugly red walls and dated tiles of this bathroom lurked a host of plumbing and electrical problems, as well as rotting wood. Clever homeowner Megan Adams found ways to save money, completing the restoration for around $10,000.

by Urban Tastes Home & Furnishings

by Urban Tastes Home & Furnishings
AFTER: One way she balanced the budget was finding a salvaged bathtub and sink at Second Chance in Baltimore for about $200.

by Urban Tastes Home & Furnishings

by Urban Tastes Home & Furnishings
Sticking with a classic subway tile on the tub surround, backsplash and walls is a relatively inexpensive choice, and the look will never go out of style. Gray grout in between is much easier to keep looking clean.

by Urban Tastes Home & Furnishings

by Urban Tastes Home & Furnishings
Simple wall niches give Adams a place to store and display pretty soaps and vintage finds.

Before and After: Amy Alper Bathroom

3. Totally ’80s style gets a fresh layout and contemporary look in Sonoma.

This California condo’s master suite was full of wasted space yet had a very cramped little bathroom.

modern bathroom by Amy A. Alper

by Amy A. Alper
AFTER: Architect Amy Alper commandeered the wasted dressing area and window seat space and turned it into a relaxing tub and sink room. She maintained a continuous line from the counters around the room, which is easy on the eyes and provides balance from side to side.

modern bathroom by Amy A. Alper

by Amy A. Alper
A curved wall is covered in glass mosaic tile, and a cork floor connects the tub room with the master bedroom, the toilet and shower room, and the closet.

Salvage ideas

4. Clever salvage solutions add elegance in Texas.

This bathroom was not giving furniture dealer and stylist Brad Ross and his wife, Tiffany, the Parisian elegance they were yearning for.

eclectic bathroom by Lindsay von Hagel

by Lindsay von Hagel
AFTER: Doing the work himself, Ross transformed a French door into a shower stall divider, which not only saved a lot of money but also inspired the style of the rest of the room. A repurposed sewing machine cabinet painted gray, topped with marble and adorned with glass knobs, adds elegance, as does a thrifted silver-framed mirror.
traditional  by Megan Meyers Interiors

by Megan Meyers Interiors

5. From drafty to dreamy in Massachusetts.

This New England bathroom was not only drab and closed in but also cold. Located over an unheated garage, it had been built before things like LEED and tight envelopes were considered in construction, and thus was drafty and inefficient.

traditional bathroom by Megan Meyers Interiors

by Megan Meyers Interiors
AFTER: A full gut renovation by designer Megan Meyers included adding radiant heat floors, a baseboard heating system, a heated European towel bar, a volcanic limestone bathtub and a more energy-efficient window to help hold in the heat.

traditional bathroom by Megan Meyers Interiors

by Megan Meyers Interiors
As for the decor, clear glass in the shower makes the room look larger and provides clear views. A mix of porcelain and glass tiles adds elegance and color, and the stenciled walls have an ornate yet subtle pattern.

traditional  by Bill Fry Construction - Wm. H. Fry Const. Co.

by Bill Fry Construction – Wm. H. Fry Const. Co.

6. From ’50s Pepto pink to bright and clean blue in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Scary clanking noises and bad electrical work were a recipe for disaster in this bath. In addition the layout, style and storage were not working for this mom and her 9-year-old daughter.

traditional bathroom by Bill Fry Construction - Wm. H. Fry Const. Co.

by Bill Fry Construction – Wm. H. Fry Const. Co.
AFTER: Bill Fry Construction converted the never-used bathtub into a shower with a clear glass surround and brightened up the space with blue mosaic tiles the daughter helped choose. Along with a new window, the color and material palette infused the space with vibrance and a zestfully clean feeling.

traditional bathroom by Bill Fry Construction - Wm. H. Fry Const. Co.

by Bill Fry Construction – Wm. H. Fry Const. Co.

Details like shower niches and a shower bench maximize comfort and function.

HT: NYC Bathroom

7. A narrow powder room gets a whole new perspective in Alameda, California.

I think this is the tiniest room I’ve ever written about on Houzz, and it may have inspired the largest response.

eclectic bathroom by Olive Juice Designs

by Olive Juice Designs
AFTER: Interior designer Lisa Konjicek-Segundo of Olive Juice Designs took the homeowners’ love of all things NYC and transformed their bathroom floor into a subway platform, thanks to an oversize photograph of a subway station with just the right perspective.

eclectic bathroom by Olive Juice Designs

by Olive Juice Designs
Every detail was carefully considered, from the industrial pendant to the way the round holes in toilet paper rolls could be used to make a graphic installation in a shallow wall niche.
(Original article by Becky Harris)

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