One Room Challenge Week 4: Designing a Shower

Updated: Feb 11

We have always known that we would be creating a Master Suite but never knew when we would be doing such a large and expensive project. In fact - we had just started working on the Parlor when we were invited to participate in the One Room Challenge. We went through every room and kept coming back to the Master Suite with one reservation... could we build the shower of our dreams within the given time?

Over the last three years we have been dreaming about all of the things the Master Suite could be. We would lay in bed on a Saturday morning talking about an idea we had. Inevitably one of us would jump up and use our hands to gesture where we thought the vanity should end. We would stand in the spot of the future shower, arms out proclaiming, "it should be this big." The biggest advantage we had going into this challenge was that the idea factory was primed.

Our shower was to be large, built-in, elegant, and most importantly, intentional. Intentional is word that we use all of the time when approaching a design - every aspect should look like it was done on purpose. In this post we want to walk you through how we did just that. This post is not a technical guide to installing a shower, the technicalities have been well documented by professionals across the internet.

Hello! If you’ve stumbled across our page from the ORC Site, Welcome! We’re Stephen & David, a Husband-and-Husband DIY team based in Boston, MA. Over that past three years we have been renovating our (previously abandoned) Victorian home and sharing the process along the way! You can check out a little tour of our home here and we hope you join us as we tackle this Master Suite project!


This space served as storage for three years. The plumbing and electric strategically placed for flexibility and hidden behind the plaster for future use. The chimney standing tall wondering about its fate.