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‘Battle on the Beach’ Reveals One Huge Thing That May Be Missing From Your Bathroom

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On the latest “Battle on the Beach,” renovations commence on what is perhaps the most important part of any vacation home: the main suite.

In the episode “Main Suite Face-Off,” the three teams—led by renovation superstars Ty Pennington (“Ty Breaker“), Alison Victoria (“Windy City Rehab“), and Taniya Nayak (“Build It Forward”)—work hard to create the best bedroom in each of their identical beach homes in Surfside Beach, TX. With $80,000 total to fix up each home and a $50,000 grand prize on the line, the teams need to budget wisely for their renovations. But at the same time, they also need to get creative and impress the judges, Sarah and Bryan Baeumler (“Renovation Island”), if they want to win this leg of the competition.

Read on to see how these teams create three unforgettable main suites, and learn some great tips on how to improve your own bedroom or bathroom on a budget.

Make sure the ceiling and wall design work together

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Before: Each main bedroom was identical.

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Victoria’s team, married couple Corey and Paige (from Alberta, Canada), won last week’s kitchen competition, so the pressure is on for these two to get the bedroom right. They put white shiplap on the ceiling (matching the kitchen) and even add some shiplap to the headboard wall. They paint the headboard green, giving the room a playful pop of color, but Sarah and Bryan don’t completely love the look.

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After: The judges think Paige and Corey’s green headboard feature could be improved.

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“I don’t mind the ceiling, but I think the hard part is this was an afterthought,” Sarah says of the vertical feature. “If it was thought through and everything was running in the same direction, and it looked like it was continuous, I would’ve loved it.”

So while the green accent is a great touch, it’s more important to make sure a room’s walls and ceiling work together.

Make sure the showerheads are in the right spot

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Before: Each beach house had a dated bathroom.

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Corey and Paige give their main bathroom a beautiful makeover, filled with a large soaking tub, elegant tile, and a green vanity. The space looks great, but Bryan and Sarah find fault with the design.

When examining the wet room’s two showerheads, Sarah says, “We have one rain head and a handheld, but do you feel like you’re missing something? I do, because it can’t be a two-person shower.”

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After: The elegant bathroom by Alison Victoria’s team is nearly perfect.

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Sarah mentions that simply moving the handheld showerhead to the center of the wall would have made more sense, giving two bathers ample room where they don’t have to reach around each other to rinse. While many might presume two showerheads are better than one, fixture placement is a big deal, and all too easy to miss.

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The showerhead on this wall seems as if it’s in the wrong spot.

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For more ambiance, paint the whole room

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Wally and Jacqueline add a blue accent wall to their room.

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Pennington’s team, business partners Wally (from Dallas) and Jacqueline (from Las Vegas), gives its main bedroom a beautiful refresh with a driftwood headboard, statement double doors, and a blue-gray accent wall. Sarah loves this accent wall but wishes there were more of it.

“I don’t think they needed two-tone,” she says looking at the blue. “I would’ve just run with that color, and I would’ve wrapped the ceiling. It would feel so warm with all this natural wood.”

The wall looks good, but it’s clear that an entire room painted this color would be even better. Sometimes it pays to go beyond just an accent wall and be bold with color, especially in the bedroom.

Mood lighting makes a big difference

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The ceiling has unique cove lighting.

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Nayak’s team, father-son duo Roosevelt and Brandyn (from St. Louis), makes one unique choice in its main bedroom—cove lighting on the ceiling—and the judges approve.

“For me, the overall look and feel and just the ambiance of this room is great,” Bryan says.

While the furnishings and the blue feature wall play a big part in the feel of this room, the lighting helps this space feel extra special.

Materials might not always arrive quickly

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The father-son team of Roosevelt and Brandyn leaves its wet room open.

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Roosevelt and Brandyn also create a bathroom that’s a unique wet room, with textured tile from floor to ceiling and a black standing tub. While it looks amazing, Sarah mentions one thing that would put this space over the top: some glass to keep the shower water in check.

“I worry about splash,” Sarah says. “I worry if you’re having kids in here, where everything is pointed.”

Nayak points out that Roosevelt and Brandyn ordered glass, but it didn’t arrive in time, so the open wet room wasn’t intentional. Still, it’s a good reminder that many materials might not arrive in a timely fashion so it’s good to have a backup plan.

Who wins this week’s ‘Battle on the Beach’?

Once the judges see each suite, they name Pennington’s team, Wally and Jacqueline, the winners of the main bedroom challenge. The up-and-coming renovators are excited about the success.

“I don’t know how we did it,” Jacqueline says.

Pennington is happy to have a win under his belt.

“This week, sweet revenge,” he says. “Because I smell victory, and it smells amazing!”

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