An Unexpected Master Suite Remodel

  • Dan Tibma
  • 02 Sep 2016

Amanda and Mark Abdella desired an update for their master bathroom.

They were frustrated that the majority of the space in the existing master bathroom was taken up by a huge rarely-used whirlpool, while the shower, which they used regularly, was too small. They hoped we could find ways to rearrange and improve the use of space in their bathroom. This type of project is right up our alley, since Tibma Design/Build’s special expertise is the re-engineering of interior space to enhance its functionality.


We removed the whirlpool and the small shower stall, and in the same location we built a gracious vanity with dual sinks and painted wood cabinets. The vanity top is fashioned from Fantasy Brown granite. Where the existing vanity once stood, we installed a spacious new shower with a frameless glass enclosure. Our clients love the gorgeous tumbled river rock that was used on the shower floor and in a vertical accent strip on the wall.

The granite threshold and soap shelves in the shower provide a thread of continuity with the vanity top. The revised layout resulted in extra space for our clients to have a private water closet. Hunter Douglas window shades that pull up from the bottom permit plenty of natural light to enter the bathroom, while also providing concealment.

What they didn’t expect was to get a full master suite in the process.

The Abdella’s project ended up comprising more than simply their bathroom. Once they showed us their master bedroom, we knew our Tibma team could optimize this area as well. The room was incredibly large, but the space was wasted. We built another large closet across one end of the room, which also allowed us to design a private entrance foyer leading into the master bedroom. The new entrance foyer door is offset from the original bedroom door, to increase privacy. Solving their master bedroom conundrum was an unexpected treat for our clients, and brought them added value in creating a beautiful master suite.


Abdella_Shower.jpg“We found Tibma Design/Build by googling local contractors,” said Amanda.“We wanted someone who could handle our entire project, so we wouldn’t have to manage the workers ourselves. We liked what we saw on Tibma’s website and their Houzz page. When we spoke with Dan, we could see he understood what we needed.

Then Dan surprised us! He came back with the design for our bathroom, but he also included a design proposal for how he could make the master bedroom more user friendly. I hadn’t thought of this at all. Dan was instrumental in helping us find the perfect bedroom layout.

The Tibma Design/Build process was well organized and since I’m an organized person, I liked that. First we discussed what we were looking for, then came the design, after that the price sheet with cost elements, and then the time line. During the construction phase, I never had to track Dan down—he was very responsive. Also, there are just so many great people on the Tibma team who all work fluidly together. That made me very comfortable.”

—Amanda Abdella
Needham, MA

In response to a Guild Quality survey taken after the closing date for this project, our clients gave us the highest possible marks in all categories. They also made the following comments: “We had a great experience working with Tibma Design/Build. We appreciated their commitment to our satisfaction. We would especially like to recognize our project manager, Paul, for his exceptional service. We just want to say ’Thank you!’ to Tibma Design/Build.”

We invite you to check out our Houzz page to see more photos of this project and its floorplans. You will see how often Tibma Design/Build brings amazing functionality to our clients’ homes, without the need for building an addition. Contact us when you are ready to work with Tibma to re-engineer your home!