Bathroom Projects
Andover Place Master Bathroom

Portland Bathroom Remodel

This Portland area bathroom remodel features a curbless shower, freestanding tub, elegant style and more.


This bathroom had been remodeled about 12 years prior using quality materials, but the homeowner’s priorities had shifted over time. They wanted to keep the beautiful mahogany cabinetry and stone countertops in place, while updating and improving other elements in the room.

Design Goals
– Install a curbless shower, creating a beautiful and functional home for life
– Install a freestanding tub
– Retain a privacy wall at the toilet
– Create a more contemporary look

Design Challenges
Challenging elements of this project included finding the right new materials to compliment the existing granite counters and plumbing fixtures.

The granite countertop was neutral in color with a nod to the warm side; accenting with bold blocks of colored tile helped bring out the character of the stone.

We also found plumbing fixtures with clean lines that complimented the existing faucets, while providing the features and details the homeowner was looking for.

Another hurdle faced during construction was creating the curbless shower. The goal was for the bathroom floor to be absolutely level with the hardwood flooring in the master bedroom; we couldn’t build up the bathroom floor. A mechanical room directly below the shower gave access to framing, but it was desperately crowded with necessary mechanical piping and venting — within inches of the subfloor. So placing the drain and achieving the correct slope of the shower had to be carefully choreographed.

Design Solutions
Updating materials allowed for:
– More visual interest with bold color and contrast
– Porcelain tile rather than natural stone for easier maintenance
– Improved lighting at the vanity
– Heated tile flooring, including the shower

The homeowners asked for bold color, yet hesitated to commit to such a rich deep blue across both the shower/tub wall as well as the vanity. After discussing the amount of natural and artificial light in the room they took the plunge! The result was a room accented by dramatic blocks of color, with careful detailing of the repetitive textural tile: a three dimensional wave from Sonoma Tile called Dahlia.

Other precision elements in the room include the nearly floor to ceiling shower niche. Polished chrome trim from Schluter pops against the tile, tying in the sparkle of the polished chrome shower fixtures and electrical trim. Details as minor as the shape of the shower valve were chosen to create crisp lines and emphasize the homeowner’s attention to detail.

Other products and materials featured in this bath remodel included:

Pental tile (floor and shower wall)
United tile | Sonoma tile (blue)
Schluter Systems (tile trim)
Barclay Plumbing (tub)
Graff Plumbing (shower and tub filler)
Crosswater (toilet)
Toto (existing sinks and faucets)

Are you ready to add a touch of elegance to your bathroom? Look no further than Neil Kelly. Whether you want to improve your bathroom’s style or functionality, our award-winning designers can help you bring your vision to life. Connect with us today!

janel campbell, portland Design Consultant

Janel Campbell grew up in her father’s wood shop with the smell of sawdust in her nose; and a creative and welcoming home that always had something baking in the oven (an in-home business decorating wedding cakes!). It seemed only natural for her to combine the two elements into her passion for design/build; helping others find ways to make their house a home.

With a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design, a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer, as well as Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Janel brings 20+ years of remodeling experience to her team and clients. She asks meaningful questions to learn the challenges, collaborates, and provides expertise; then carries through with her strong attention to detail. Her dedication to building relationships brings her clients back time and time again.

Janel’s award-winning designs have been featured in Oregon Home, Portrait of Portland, 1859, and KBB magazine. She was honored to be included as one of Professional Remodeler magazine’s “Top 40 under 40”. When not designing, she can be found spending time with family, in the garden, paddling on the water, and in the kitchen preparing something tasty. Her passion is HOME.