Bathroom designed to look as it might have in the 1890’s
A lot of people renovate an old home or flat with new, modern décor. But sometimes it’s fun to renovate “back to” the era the home was built. And – sometimes the project ‘just flows’ more easily, as we say in the remodeling business. That’s how this bathroom project progressed.
The owner of this house wanted a large antique bathroom. We tapped into a Den next to an adjacent Bathroom for the space. New waterlines and drainage lines were brought into the Den from this existing bathroom. The old claw foot tub from the existing bathroom was brought into the Den. It was VERY heavy, but we managed to lug it into its new location and set it with new but vintage looking faucetry. The existing bathroom is now a powder room, with just sink and toilet.
The vanity in the new bath room is a true antique, updated with Carrera marble top and sink. And the tile throughout, walls and floor, is also true Carrera marble set with contrasting 1/4″ grout.
The shower is the highlight of the bathroom. With inspiration from an 1800’s Victorian illustration, we created a room with paneled oak wood on the outside and Carrera marble tile on the inside. The custom designed oak trim is comprised of many separate pieces of trim, hand-fitted and stained. All the wood is coated with a finish which protects it from moisture. The frosted glass window lets in light. The faucetry includes an updated rain shower head and a height-adjustable handheld shower head.
A feature not apparent in the pictures – because the shower room is almost 5-feet long, the thermostatic and volume control faucets for each shower head have been specially placed just inside the door opening. No standing under a burst of cold water while starting your shower.