1920s bathroom

A cramped layout in this old bathroom – the sink was in front of the window (good view, but a reflection is preferred).  There was a closet inside the room which was a waste of space, made for a squeezed entry and the 2 doors would crash into each other.  Overall the look was a bit tired: There’s the mirror / medicine cabinet that should be above the sink!  The only slightly redeeming quality was the hexagonal tile, which has had a resurgence lately as penny-rounds.  It was all taken out to accommodate the new design.   We looked at a few options in handy-dandy Sketchup and decided on the one seen below:  This removed that bulky closet but maintained the door, window, and perimeter walls.

Some shots during the quick demo and as the new tub was put in.  We were able to keep the window – a film was added for privacy.To the studs:  since this is the only bathroom in the house, the old toilet was left in (the new position) and swapped out at the last minute.  The finished results!  Admittedly this project was a little break from my more modern design, but one that I was pleased to do.  The owner wanted the cabinetry to feel like furniture so it has legs, is held away from the side walls and finished with a crown.   The built-in linen storage is a sufficiently smaller replacement for the old closet. The pinwheel tile pattern on the floor is a mix of porcelain and glass tile.  The pattern shifts as it runs across the floor – an interesting skew that’s not immediately apparent. The bath wall tile was arranged in a herringbone pattern – subtle at this scale of tile 9″x18″.  This tile doesn’t come with a bullnose option so we finished edges with Frey reglets.  The ledge at the end of the tub is a good place to sit and stow all the bottles etc! To finish off the front of the tub we opted for a custom wood panel that matches the cabinetry.  I was sure to advise that it’s risky to have wood next to the tub/shower, but with the glass enclosure and a little daily maintenance, the owner went for the look she wanted!


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5 responses to “1920s bathroom

  1. Jake Logsdon

    this is really nice! i like how the tile patterns play off each other without competing. Great work Tom, always love your posts!

  2. I LOVE it. I think I could do something like that in my downstairs bath. Don’t you think?

  3. Leslie Greenwood

    what kind of wood did you use on the tub?

  4. Lindsay

    You’re bathroom looks great! I have a very similar bathroom in my house- same layout and problems- that I’d like to update but have no idea of how much I need to save in order to do it. Around how much did you budget for this remodel?

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