Words by Megan Felling | Photos by Laurie Kilgore
esigner Amy Krause recently assisted past clients to create a primary bathroom that felt like a relaxing retreat, offering restorative benefits and a space for the homeowners to reconnect.
The homeowners lead busy lives and wanted their en suite to be a calming place to enjoy each other’s company. Amy started by devising a new layout and reconfiguring the space to add a sauna, a two-person shower and a two-person soaking tub.
With the new efficient layout, the shower and tub were combined into one wet area, enabling them both to be larger. “We really had to think through the placement of the tub so the working parts could be accessible yet hidden,” she says.
“I love reworking the plan—it’s like fitting a puzzle together,” Amy says.
The custom infrared sauna was built plank by plank by a very detail-oriented craftsman, incorporating the latest technologies (such as the healing powers of chromatherapy—colored light options for health benefits) to create the ultimate spa experience. Radiant heating in the floor keeps it warm when stepping out of the sauna. The new getaway is tied into the home’s smart system, allowing the shower and sauna to be controlled digitally.
The couple’s style leans from transitional to contemporary in their Overland Park home, so Amy continued the muted, neutral colors from their bedroom for a cohesive feel. Walnut finishes complement the cool grays for a streamlined and refined look. Custom quartz countertops flow through the space.
Storage had been an issue previously, so towers were added with electrical outlets and the drawers also include hidden charging stations.
The bathroom has proven to be the ultimate sanctuary, and the couple appreciates their new luxurious space.
“I love what I do and am energized by my clients’ excitement when it comes to transforming their space,” Amy says.
Designer: Amy Krause Design
Contractor: Damon Rau Construction
Tile and Radiant Flooring Installation: Integrity Tile
Tile: Sunderlands; Virginia Tile
Mirrors: Classic Shower Door
Lighting: Wilson Lighting
Infrared Sauna: Amerec
Hydrotherapy Tub: BainUltra
Cabinetry: House & Renner Construction
Shower Door: The Hayes Company
Countertops, Tub Surround: Cambria/CKF
Plumbing, Sauna, Tub: Kitchens & Baths by Briggs