Your Powder Room Can Be Anything You Want It To Be!Your powder room is the one room that can be totally different from the other rooms in your home.

Remodeling your powder room can be a lot of fun, but it can be expensive! This is the only room in your home where you can break the rules of “architectural integrity”. You can choose any style that fulfills your desire to do something different.

How The Homeowners’ Journey Started

The couple fell in love with the custom vessel lavatory that they saw at a local home show. I’ll always remember hearing their discussion. My booth at the show was next to a major plumbing showroom’s booth. I walked over to the couple and we had a great discussion about how beautiful the custom green and red glass lavatory bowl was. Then I invited them to my booth, where we continued the discussion. A few minutes later, they asked me to their home to talk about remodeling all of their bathrooms. 

During the first appointment, they showed me the existing powder room, the master bathroom, and their son’s bathroom. All of the rooms in their home, except the bathrooms, had updated color schemes, furniture, and accessories. The bathrooms were caught in a 1970s time warp. We talked at length about what they wanted for the three bathrooms. The wife said, “I have to have that gorgeous sink somewhere in my home!” I agreed and said that the powder room would be the perfect spot. 

Exploring Hawaii

After the couple hired me, we started designing all three bathrooms simultaneously. They were excited about the master bathroom because they would finally have a two-person shower and more storage. But it was the powder room that thrilled them, especially when we went shopping at the plumbing showroom that had the vessel sink the wife loved. I asked her why she was so passionate about the vessel sink. “Because it reminds me of Hawaii, and Mauna Kea.” They vacationed in Hawaii every winter and had many wonderful memories of their vacations. This inspired the Hawaiian theme for the 5′ x 5′ bathroom.

The Powder Room’s Unique Features

  • An undulating tempered-glass countertop, like a floating island
  • Custom faux-finished walls: real leaves under torn tissue paper, with a metallic green glaze finish
  • Textured porcelain tile flooring that looks like lava stone
  • Wall sconces that resemble tiki torches
  • Accent lights below the lavatory, to make it glow like molten lava


The homeowners were over-the-moon delighted with all three bathrooms, especially their powder room. When they entertained, they told me that a line formed outside the powder room, people waiting to go inside and take a short trip to Hawaii. When they decided to sell the home three years later, their agent used the photograph of the powder room. This helped to sell the home for a considerably higher price than other homes in the area, beating all records for visitors and time on the market.

The standard investment for a powder room is normally a the range of $10,000 – $15,000. The Homeowners’ investment for this particular powder room exceeded $35,000, over $1,400 per square foot. Of course, you don’t have to invest that much, to have something that makes you happy and wows your guests. To get something uniquely you, it’s a great idea to hire a Professional Bathroom Designer certified by the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

See more about this special powder room, including the before picture.

 “See the Possibilities. Create a Positive Difference.”

If you are confused about your powder room, master or guest bathroom, I’d love to help you! With over 36 years of education, training, and experience, I offer compassionate creativity that inspires communication. Call me so we can talk about your specific needs!

Diane Plesset, CMKBD, C.A.P.S., NCIDQ is a Homeowner Advocate who specializes in helping homeowners with remodeling and addition projects. She has been the principal of D. P. Design since April 1984. Diane is the author of the award-winning book “THE Survival Guide: Home Remodeling” and many design awards.

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