UPDATING A MASTER BATHROOM IN A CLASSIC 1920’S CRAFTSMAN BUNGALOW

The former vanity was made new again with the replacement of new door and drawer fronts, marble slab top and marble tile backsplash. The vanity was painted a medium tone color to warm up the marble.

The former vanity was made new again with the replacement of new door and drawer fronts, marble slab top and marble tile back splash. The vanity was painted a medium tone color to warm up the marble.

 

I’ve had the pleasure of working with a wonderful client over the years on her classic craftsman bungalow in Bellingham, WA. Our first project was a major restoration to the front elevation of her house. The exterior porch which ran the length of the front of the house had been badly infilled which thoroughly destroyed the appeal of the home.

When it came time to updating the master bath the client was set upon using white marble which evoked for her the historic period of the house. And even though the house is a fine example of the bungalow style and classic, it was not a grand house and would not have originally had polished marble used as a finish material.

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The center of the floor has 6″x 6″ tile grid set on a diagonal with a double border of tile. This creates a dynamic quality to the room which is quite narrow. The veining and pattern of the marble add an exquisite quality and a certain class to the bath.

 

I was interested in working with my client’s desire and committed myself to getting it just right. Together we looked at many different marbles and she chose classic white statuary marble. The key for me in making the bath design successful was to be creative with different marble tile sizes and trim pieces to create a rich pattern and textural interest in what is a fairly tight space.

This being a makeover of the bath and not a full remodel meant that the plumbing fixtures were recycled as was the vanity cabinet which did get new wood door replacements. The bath also contained a glass block infilled window next to the tub/shower which was a strong design element which needed to factor into the new design. This suggested to me the choice of the 6”x 6” marble tiles on the floor set in a grid pattern at a 45 degree to the double row of border tiles.

 

The tile pattern on the shower wall was designed to bring visual interest to the wall when taking a long bath. The pattern was created out of standard tile sizes except the narrow band tile which was cut on site. The pattern was also designed to ‘hold its own’ with the strong adjacent glass block window wall.

 

The laminate on the vanity was replaced with a slab remnant of statuary marble and a new back splash was designed with a marble trim profile and tiles in sizes that had been used on the floor. The shower wall was designed using standard tile sizes plus a 2” cut of  a 12”x12” tile used as a band which was effective in creating a wall pattern which could hold its own while being adjacent to the strong grid of the glass block window wall.

In addition, wall and vanity paint colors in updated shades [though Craftsman-appropriate] were chosen to warm up the cool tones of the marble. New cabinet hardware, shower/tub controls, vanity faucet and wall sconces were selected in polished nickel to replace the cheap brass fixtures. These added sparkle and a little period glamour to the space. A new custom built-in wood framed mirror in a Craftsman style was designed and fabricated by the contractor. This added a ‘big scale’ to the small room and a little more glamour to this small, understated but jewel of a bathroom.

 

 

The glass block window wall in the shower was a very strong element that was acknowledged and reflected in the various tile pattern designs for the shower, floor and back splash.

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One Response to UPDATING A MASTER BATHROOM IN A CLASSIC 1920’S CRAFTSMAN BUNGALOW

  1. Austin-Murphy says:

    I appreciate your interest and comments.
    Please let me know if I can help you with one of your projects. Rob

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