Before: It’s easy to imagine this enclosed shower on a space shuttle. Unfortunately, who wants to bathe like an astronaut trapped in space? “The shower was so small I truly felt claustrophobic in it,” Ludy says. After: The new design combines the linen closet and original shower to enlarge the tight space. Two walls of heavy-duty glass give the shower an open feel. Travertine tiles line the floor and walls for an elegant look inside.
Before: A sea of blue carpet covered the floor and the sides of the tub like overflowing water. The tub itself, a swirling design of aqua and white, resembled a bar of Zest soap. After: A freestanding tub is a shapely replacement for the old one. The floor is now neutral travertine. An added luxury: The contractor installed an electric heating mat under the tile. Before: This homeowner was trapped by criminally bad surroundings. After: A serene space sets her spirit free.
"From Dated to Dazzling" is from the January 2007 issue of Southern Living.