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5 Must-Haves in a New Primary Suite

Primary suites are a must-have on many homeowner's priority lists when house hunting, building new, or renovating an existing home. Nestled on an idyllic St. Paul street and neighborhood, the Jkath Design Build team was hired to build over an existing first floor addition to create a spacious, well-deserved primary suite for two busy parents at our recently completed Bayard Avenue project.


When designing the space we accomplished five of our must-have design elements for a primary suite in the new addition.


Primary suite bathroom with custom stain oak vanity and freestanding bathtub featuring black and polished nickel finishes


1. Custom Wood Vanity

The beauty of natural wood is that it is a live material, making staining and treating it a true craft. Getting the right tone stain in the Bayard Avenue project was a work of art by our cabinet shop and finisher, they worked hard to accomplish the deep rich tone we see. We were also able to place outlets in drawers for razors, hair tools, etc. and an elegant carved foot detail.


Wood vanities are more durable than painted, holding up stronger to water damage. Adding the warmth and texture of wood in a vanity is the perfect element to incorporate warm tones in a bathroom design.

Custom stain oak vanity with black and polished nickel finishes in a primary bathroom addition

Custom stain oak vanity with black and polished nickel finishes in a primary bathroom addition

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2. Soaking Bathtub

Sink in, relax, and ring for someone to bring you another cup of coffee. This bump out area was built out for a sizable freestanding bathtub, enough space to soak or bathing several kiddos at once.


A wall mounted bathtub filler keeps the bathtub clear and and saves floor space. A large window with privacy glass lets natural light in, perfect for a city home.

Large freestanding soaking bathtub with wall mount tub filler and built in niche underneath a white privacy window in primary suite bathroom

Primary suite bathroom wall mount tub filler in polished nickel over freestanding bathtub

Primary suite bathroom with freestanding bathtub with all mount tub filler, soft ivory beige hexagon floor tile, and custom stain white oak vanity

3. Custom Details

Live in the Details® is the name of our game. Crafting custom details in every space, no matter how small or passive, is where design matters most. In the Bayard Avenue primary suite a subtle curve detail on the vanity foot is a small detail that adds soft curves, replicated in the vanity mirror and shower floor tile.


Over the freestanding bathtub the team built a niche with three floating shelves that match the vanity, creating a moment for decor, candles and the necessities for a bath.

Primary suite bathroom custom stain white oak vanity with curved foot detail over ivory hexagon floor tile.

Primary suite bathroom custom niche over freestanding bathtub with styled floating shelves and earthy decor

Primary suite bathroom custom niche over freestanding bathtub with styled floating shelves and earthy decor


4. Walk-In Shower

This large walk-in shower features white artisan subway tile, a favorite of ours this year. The color variation of the tile brings interest and movement through the shower and differentiates from the white penny round shower floor tile. Polished nickel plumbing fixtures stand out in a timeless way. White quartz shelves in the niche make cleaning easy.


Notice our favorite shower design element: the control lever is right inside the glass shower door instead of underneath the shower head. This allows users to reach in to turn on the water without getting sprayed.

Primary suite bathroom walk in shower with white artisan subway wall tile, built-in niche with quartz shelves and polished nickel finishes

Primary bathroom suite shower with polished nickel finishes and white artisan subway tile

Primary bathroom suite large walk-in shower with white artisan subway wall tile, white penny round floor tile, polished nickel finishes and glass door



5. Large Windows

In the bedroom large windows overlook mature trees lining a running trail to a local university, making the primary suite feel like a treehouse. Over the freestanding bathtub a large window with a privacy glass keeps the space feel comfortable while allowing natural light to flood in.

Light and bright primary owner's bedroom with large windows and modern farmhouse ceiling fan

Primary owner's suite with large windows and bathroom

Primary owner's suite bathroom freestanding soaking bathtub with wall mount polished nickel tub filler and large privacy window

A primary suite oasis is more important than ever as a space for private relaxation. This classic neutral design will outlast all trends making a favorite suite for years to come.


Thanks for following along,

Katie Wick + the Jkath Team


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