Masculine Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Floor Plan

Our masculine and modern, farmhouse bathroom remodel is starting in about two weeks, and I am so excited to see this space transformed. Today I want to talk about the bathroom floor plan and design. I knew as soon as I saw it that the space had a ton of potential to be so much better than it was.

Existing Layout

Masculine Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Remodel - Before Floor Plan - Jillian Lare Interior Design

I mentioned in my last post that my clients wanted a double vanity with more storage, a freestanding tub, and a better shower with some privacy (no full glass walls). Floor planning is one of my favorite parts of any project, and I like to challenge myself to come up with as many options as possible while meeting the clients’ requests. Sometimes there is only one good option, and oftentimes there are several.

The primary criteria for designing the floor plan were:

  • Incorporate freestanding tub under the windows.
  • Create a double vanity with plenty of usable storage.
  • Enlarge the shower to let in natural light, making it feel open and luxurious.
  • Incorporate wall niches in the shower and at the tub for toiletry storage.
  • Include a bench in the shower.

I also wanted to explore the idea of creating an enclosed water closet even though my clients didn’t request it. I knew that I was definitely going to use the space from the office closet, so each option takes that into account. These are my basic plans completed as part of my Phase 1 conceptual design service.

Bathroom Floor Plan Option #1

In this first option, I slid the toilet down into the area I made by removing the office closet. That allowed me to create a double vanity almost seven feet long, which is a great length for two people. The shower is a generous 42″ by 64″ on the interior with a stone top bench along the exterior wall. The freestanding tub remains under the windows in every plan. I like this option because of the potential for a cool vintage-style rug and the long continuous vanity.

Jillian Lare Interior Design - Masculine Modern Farmhouse Floor Plan Option 1 - Des Moines, Iowa #bathroom #remodel #interiordesign

Bathroom Floor Plan Option #2

In option two, I shifted the toilet towards the exterior wall in order to create an enclosed water closet. I played around with a slightly different configuration for the shower, and the vanity is still a generous 66″ long.

Jillian Lare Interior Design - Masculine Modern Farmhouse Floor Plan Option 2 - Des Moines, Iowa #bathroom #remodel #interiordesign

Bathroom Floor Plan Option #3

This option is similar to the last option except I swapped the water closet and shower. This option creates the potential for some different design details at the shower. I like that the shower head is on a short wall opposite the bench.

The downside is that the hand shower would be farther away from the bench, which isn’t great for aging in place. I could remedy that with a full-height wall, but then the shower wouldn’t get the great natural light from the large windows. I do not place plumbing on exterior walls here in Iowa with the extreme temperatures.

Jillian Lare Interior Design - Masculine Modern Farmhouse Floor Plan Option 3 - Des Moines, Iowa #bathroom #remodel #interiordesign

Bathroom Floor Plan Option #4

In this last option, the shower configuration is similar to the first two plans. I did tuck the shower back by a few inches just to make construction a little easier. I created an asymmetrical corner vanity with a wall cabinet in the corner.

Jillian Lare Interior Design - Masculine Modern Farmhouse Floor Plan Option 4 - Des Moines, Iowa #bathroom #remodel #interiordesign

Ultimately, my clients selected this fourth option. They liked the corner vanity and the extra storage in the wall cabinet. After exploring the vanity design a little more, I tweaked the cabinetry slightly. I am a very symmetrical person, and I was struggling with the asymmetrical design.

Final Design

This is the final layout from Phase 2 Design Development after tweaking the cabinets and adding some details to the shower.

Jillian Lare Interior Design - Masculine Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Floor Plan Final - Des Moines, Iowa #bathroom #remodel #interiordesign

The right side of the vanity is longer, so I planned to make it feel symmetrical on its own. The right side is shorter and part of it runs under the window. I knew that I wanted to emphasize the asymmetry by using different lighting fixtures on each side rather than try to make them feel the same.

Bathroom Elevation Drawing Jillian Lare Interior Design Des Moines Iowa

Aesthetically, I wanted to add architectural interest and dimension to the room through the use of moldings, while still keeping it simple and modern. I didn’t feel like shiplap was appropriate to this project (and I’m a little tired of it), so I went with a simple board and batten detail for the wainscot. The mirrors will be integrated into the trim with a simple painted frame.

I haven’t specified pendants at a bathroom sink before, but I do like the look. In this design, they made total sense. I didn’t have space to mount them on the mirror, and I needed them to coordinate with the light on the smaller side of the vanity without matching. I felt like using two different wall-mount lights would look off, so pendants solved all of my problems brilliantly.

Bathroom Elevation Drawing Jillian Lare Interior Design Des Moines Iowa

On the left side, the vanity is shorter with less wall space for the mirror, so I did have to use a light over the mirror. I only do this as a last resort as overhead lights cast more shadows on the face.

Bathroom Elevation Drawing Jillian Lare Interior Design Des Moines Iowa

This section view shows the interior of the shower with the floating bench as well as the niches at the tub and shower. We are adding new casing to the windows to give them more architectural presence and painting them the same color as the wainscot.

Bathroom Elevation Drawing Jillian Lare Interior Design Des Moines Iowa

This elevation shows the shower pony wall and how the board and batten wainscot continues around the exterior of the shower.

One change I will make before construction is to flip the shower door swing. (I always plan my doors so that you can reach in to turn on the water without getting wet. In this setup, you wouldn’t be able to do that because the controls are behind the door.)

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my design process. I love doing these technical drawings and thinking through all of the little details. It’s the perfect marriage of my interior design love and industrial engineering education. In my next post for this project, I will share all of the fixtures and finishes that we selected.

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Inspiration Juxtaposed Interiors

Masculine Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Remodel Before Photos & Plan

Back in September, which feels like a lifetime ago now, I posted some inspiration photos for a new client project. My clients had relocated to rural Iowa, south of Des Moines, from Alabama to be closer to family, and contacted me to help them transform their home from 80s granny to a more modern and masculine farmhouse style. I was totally down with this design concept since their home is actually a farmhouse in the country!

Their first major undertaking was to remodel their awkward and rundown master bathroom into a more functional and relaxing space. As I mentioned in my previous post, they didn’t want me to specify white for any of the finishes like the flooring or trim, mostly for maintenance reasons. It was definitely a design challenge, but after gathering some inspiration images, I could start to envision a direction.

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Inspiration Juxtaposed Interiors

Inspiration Bathroom by Juxtaposed Interiors

The design process dragged out a little longer than I would have liked. Our baby arrived two weeks early on November 18th instead of around December 1st or later. I had planned to hunker down over my Thanksgiving break and produce all the plans and selections for this project. Instead, I was learning how to feed, diaper, and soothe a tiny person. Luckily, my clients are ICU nurses and incredibly understanding of the post-partum recovery process. They also sent me the cutest most genius baby onesies ever.

Bathroom Before Photos

Masculine Modern Farmhouse Before Photos Jillian Lare Interior DesignMasculine Modern Farmhouse Before Photos Jillian Lare Interior DesignI’ve never met one of these enormous corner tubs that I didn’t want to rip out immediately. They take up so much space!

The shower is fully enclosed which makes it feel dark and cramped. A leak inside the walls resulted in a build-up of mildew and possibly mold, which made the need for this remodel all the more pressing.

Masculine Modern Farmhouse Before Photos Jillian Lare Interior Design

In this photo, you can see that the vanity doesn’t have much going for it. It’s small by master suite standards, and the mosaic tile countertop is a cleaning nightmare.

A couple more photos so you can see where we’re starting from.

On the plus side, there is a lot of great light between the two huge windows and the skylight.

Those windows treatments are a relic from the previous owners.

Existing Space Plan

Here’s a look at how the space is currently arranged.

Masculine Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Remodel - Before Floor Plan - Jillian Lare Interior Design

My very first step in the design process is always to measure and draft the existing conditions because it’s the only way I can really start to understand the space and its potential.

The bathroom is located at the front of the house with a southern and eastern exposure. After drawing up the floor plan, I realized that the adjacent office had a little closet we could potentially use to improve out layout options for the bathroom. Although the room felt tight and cramped while we were standing in it, drafting the floor plan helped me to realize that there was plenty of room to meet my clients’ wish list.

Project Goals

This master bathroom remodel is my clients’ first major project in their new home and is going to set the design direction for the entire house. My clients prefer a transitional style with clean lines and warm neutral finishes. They wanted to add architectural interest to the house, which was updated in the 90s and feels fairly bland and boring. It was important that we increase the functionality of this bathroom while maximizing its best features – ample space and natural light.

Enlarge the shower. As you can see from the before photos, the current shower situation is pretty bad. I wanted their new shower to have access to all of the great light from the windows and skylight and feel more like a spa and less like a coffin.

Improve the bathtub situation. My clients requested a free-standing tub, and I was happy to oblige. There is plenty of room for one. The sculptural form of a tub and smaller footprint will help the room to feel less cramped.

Minimize plumbing relocation. I strive to keep pluming as close to its existing locations whenever possible to save time and money. In this case, I will probably need to shift the toilet, but I think I can avoid moving it across the room.

Make room for a double vanity. They really wanted to incorporate two sinks with better lighting and more storage, and I agree that this is a must-have.

Add architectural interest. My clients didn’t necessarily articulate this as a request, but I thought it was important to start adding character to the house through the use of moldings, trim, and architectural detailing whenever possible.

Update all finishes. I think this is pretty self-explanatory from the before photos. We will be gutting the room and starting from scratch with new tile, paint, cabinetry, etc. I selected materials with durability in mind as well as their aesthetics.

In my next post, I’ll share the space planning concepts that I developed and which one my clients chose. Stay tuned!


Master Bedroom & Bathroom Refresher

I recently completed a concept for a transitional and neutral master bedroom and bathroom refresh. My clients wanted to replace their hand-me-down furniture and update the look to their current taste but were torn between investing in this home or starting from scratch with a new-build.

When we met, they were already fairly settled on a paint scheme of warm grays and had selected a new carpet for the majority of their spaces including their master bedroom. They originally called me to give a second opinion on the paint selection and provide advice on what they should update if they were going to sell. Luckily for them, their kitchen cabinets were in fairly good shape with a neutral backsplash and dark granite countertops. I advised them to upgrade their basic builder grade lighting and some of their window treatments.

Then we moved into the master bedroom, and I immediately saw that it had real potential, which wasn’t readily apparent given their current decor.

A couple shots of the room before…


You can see the scale of the nightstands and table lamps is too diminutive for the size of the room.


The window treatments aren’t properly designed for the space and don’t take advantage of the 9′ ceilings. The TV feels awkward shoved into the corner and is a little low. It isn’t obvious from this perspective, but the dresser on the right is also too small for the space. The size of the furniture made sense in their last home but not in this room.

I asked them if they would consider updating their furniture, which they could always bring with them if they moved, and purchasing new window treatments. I could see that the room, which was generously sized, and very bright would be a huge asset if it were decorated properly. Happily, they agreed with me and also decided to paint out all of their maple trim to white.


I created a space plan that incorporated a king size bed instead of their current queen and oversized nightstands that could double as small dressers. The larger scale of these pieces works well with the size of the room and actually makes it feel more spacious.

Across from the bed, I placed a larger dresser to ground their flat screen television and an armchair next to it, which softens the corner and provides a convenient spot for tossing clothing at night or putting on shoes and socks.

Transitional Neutral Master Bedroom Concept

The wall color – Sherwin Williams False Creek Greige – is a deeper warm gray. I kept the upholstery and drapery lighter to provide contrast, while the nightstands and dresser are darker in tone to keep the room from feeling too feminine. The white, urn-style lamps are quite tall at 36.5″ and balance the wide nightstands and tall headboard.

Woven wood Roman shades layered with linen drapery panels, which will be hung on simple wrought iron rods, add depth and texture to the windows.

My clients also wanted to improve the aesthetics of their master bathroom without undergoing a full remodel. We had to work with the existing maple cabinetry and warm beige tile and still make the space feel cohesive with the master bedroom.

The current cabinetry…


And the tile…


I recommended switching out their cultured marble countertops to quartz with under-mount sinks and replacing their builder grade faucets. I also suggested trading the large wall-mounted mirror for two individual framed mirrors and centering the light fixtures on each sink.

Transitional Master Bathroom ConceptThey selected the craftsman inspired vanity lights from a number of options I provided, and I decided to play off the lines of the lights by selecting fixtures and accessories that were square rather than curvy. I recommended a warmer white, marble inspired quartz to coordinate with the existing tile. New, polished nickel bathroom accessories and hardware also help dress up the basic tile and cabinets.

I really enjoy quick projects like this, especially when the clients are open to my suggestions and interested in making changes. I know they’ve already demoed their bathroom counters and mirror, so they are well on their way to an updated space.

If you need help pulling together a room in your home, I’d love to help. It doesn’t matter where you live…I can work with you no matter your location. You can contact me via the website or email me at

Amber Interiors

My Favorite Round Mirrors

Round mirrors are having a bit of a moment. They work beautifully over a dresser in the bedroom, in combination with a great console in the entry, or in lieu of art anywhere throughout the home. They function equally well as an unexpected element in bathrooms of all shapes and styles, from masters to kids’ bathrooms to powder rooms.

Homey Oh My

Homey Oh My

Vanessa Francis Design

Vanessa Francis Design

Anne Sage

Anne Sage via West Elm

RH Round Mirror Convex

Restoration Hardware

Auhaus Architecture

Auhaus Architecture

House of Jade

House of Jade

Amber Interiors

Amber Interiors

Sarah Sherman Samuel

Sarah Sherman Samuel

I’ve “rounded” up some of my favorites in a wide variety of styles and price points. I would particularly love to incorporate the brass pendant mirror from RH Modern into a master bathroom design.

Round Mirrors

  1. Anthr0pologie Helios Mirror
  2. RH Iron and Rope Mirror
  3. Worlds Away Porthole Mirror
  4. RH Lombard Prism Mirror
  5. Anthropologie Hoop Mirror
  6. Urban Outfitters Industrial Wall Mirror
  7. RH Palazzo Mirror
  8. West Elm Upholstered Mirror
  9. Jute Rope Mirror
  10. Leather Hanging Mirror
  11. CB2 Victor Leather Mirror (A good inexpensive option)
  12. CB2 Tork Mirror (Possibly in the Anne Sage photo above)
  13. RH Convex Large Mirror (Shown Above)
  14. Jamie Young Jute Sunburst Mirror
  15. RH Modern Pendant Mirror
  16. CB 2 Umbra Mirror (Good price for the size!)