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Karen and Jack Lykam had three main goals for their upstairs bathroom: Swap the enclosed tub-shower combination with a bigger shower, replace the worn floor and update the gold-and-white color scheme.

Karen is practically beside herself with joy at what she ended up with.

The original 3-by-5-foot shower unit along the left wall was removed, replaced with a vanity, a half-wall and a stool. A new shower was allowed to spread out along the entire back wall.

The reconfiguration opens up the room's space and makes the original layout seem like a bad idea because when one first walked in the room, the shower unit created the feel of a narrow hallway.

"It's really bigger now," Karen, of Davenport, said. "Before I had a long hallway. 

"I have been getting lots of compliments," she continued, adding with a laugh. "And I did not pick out one thing." 

No, the ideas were suggested by Josh Meyer of M.I. Construction, Moline.

The gray-and-green color scheme combined the current hot interest in gray with Lykam's love of green. Two pictures of green trees clipped from magazines set the tone.

Gray ceramic tiles in the shower are accented with glass mosaic strips that include green and black. The gray walls are brightened with three green pendant lights over the sink.

Other materials include gray/brown/black granite countertops and a square white vessel sink. The custom vanity is black, with a distressed, or "heirloom," finish.

Extra amenities include radiant heat in the floor and the shower bench that is controlled by two different thermostats, plus motion-activated lights that go on when someone enters the room.

The custom glass shower door — held in place by a silver metal bar — is so sleek that one hardly notices it is there.

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