Monthly Archives: October 2009

1950s bathroom that needs help

We’ve all seen one – or maybe even had one: a bathroom that just doesn’t work.  Not plumbing-wise, but esthetically.  Here’s one that clients came to me with that had a list of issues:  a mirror / window confrontation, a tiny sink, low cabinet, claustrophobic shower, and tile of uninspiring color.  Here’s what we were looking at:


It’s not certain if the window is original but if it is, you would have a nice view yet no reflection when standing at the sink.  (Unless you mount a mirror as seen above.)  Problem!


The phone-booth style shower, with an intimidating dropped-ceiling:shower1shower2bathroom

Overall, the bathroom needed some help.  There used to be a door into another bedroom on the opposite wall which couldn’t be finished with the original tile so it was pretty glaring.  The door from the master bedroom swung out into the room, which wasn’t preferable.  The owners were just not in love with the buttercream and brick-red color scheme anymore… stay tuned –

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lights, camera, (almost) action!

The Victorian remodel is winding down. . down to the details that seem never ending!   But they have to:  the place is being toured starting this week; professionally photographed tomorrow.  Electric, plumbing, paint, hardware, etc, all going in currently.  I’ve gotten my hands dirty all week, a refreshing break away from the office/computer:  hauling garbage, lumber trips, help with final cleaning…  Some photos:


Pendant lights for the top floor, awaiting hanging.

railpost cap

New handrails all blackened steel with oak grips, white posts (caps to be painted)

ovalstub panel

Bathtub side panels that match the cabinetry.  We went with oval tiles at the master backsplash.  Countertop are Caesarstone Misty Carrera, a warm gray color that goes well with the white oak.


That view over the kitchen sink!  I can’t say I’d object to washing dishes if I had that view east toward the bay, the morning sun blasting into the room.

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