Modern – and traditional – in the dream renovation

Homeowners beginning a renovation hope to create the room of their dreams. This primary bedroom and bathroom remodel went beyond that – it became an architect/remodeler’s dream project.

“For us, it was the dream client who trusted your design and judgment,” said architect and contractor Michael Menn of Michael Menn Ltd. in Northbrook.

It all started when clients living in Wheaton wanted to modernize their master bedroom suite while maintaining a traditional look in the bedroom area.

After talking to customers, Menn discovered that an oversized bathtub (60″ x 48″) was a sore point because it was not being used and the customer was looking for more spa experience with the originally undersized shower area.

“They wanted a large walk-in shower/steam shower and large toilet compartment,” Menn said. “We talked about combining a more traditional master bedroom with a very modern bathroom. We accepted the challenge and started to create something very special and unique for this client.”

The materials used made the project stand out, he said.

“The final bedroom design was more formal and the bathroom is one of my favorites that we finished. The materials and products came across as spectacular and the tile company featured the tile in their product material brochures,” he said.


The tile is from Oceanside Glass & Tile (, which specializes in custom glass tiles. “My trading partners worked very hard to complete the project on time and on budget without disrupting the everyday life of the homeowners.”

The traditional bedroom features custom millwork in the crown molding and a custom fireplace surround and mantel. The custom plaster medallion on the ceiling is from Decorator Supply (

“The juxtaposition of a more formal bedroom with the very modern bathroom is very unusual but pulls off very well. Maybe not to most people’s tastes, but customers love it,” Menn said. “Being able to create a very unusual space is every architect, designer and contractor’s dream and we were able to fulfill that dream in this home.”


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