A 1920’s Bathroom Restored

A 1920’s Bathroom Restored

  • Posted on: October 31, 2014

This post is a photo essay of a small project I designed and managed for a friend. I don’t normally do projects this small, but he talked me into it because of our friendship and my interest in historical preservation. The project was to remodel a bathroom in a 1920’s era, 6-unit apartment building in Ann Arbor. The design challenges included:

  • Restoring a 1920’s bathroom after gutting it to repair water and structural damage
  • Using new materials to create an old world appearance
  • Improving functionality in a tight space
  • Raising the bar on quality finishes, with a long-term outlook to improving the entire unit

To address these challenges:

  • The room was re-configured to eliminate a space-wasting closet and to replace a bathtub with a nice shower with a smaller footprint
  • Handmade tiles were selected to retain the original look of the floor tile
  • A replacement sink was selected to expand the width (to provide more “counter” space) and retain the shallow depth (to add floor space), and to replace the base cabinet with a 4-leg console base (to make it appear to take up less space)
  • The storage closet was replaced with a smaller, more usable furniture piece
  • The combination of materials – tile, cabinetry, fixtures and colors – resulted in a space that feels both updated and fitting to the 1920’s architecture of the building

The photos below show some of the details described above (best I could photograph this narrow space). This is a fun example of how design can improve a space, both functionally and aesthetically.

Ross

 

A bad picture of the old floor - it had to go to repair rotten joists underneath
BEFORE: The old floor, sink and tub – all had to go
The new floor tile gives an "old world" feel to the room
AFTER: The new floor tile gives an “old world” feel

 

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AFTER: The new sink and tile backsplash adds beauty and functionality
The new shower, with accent tile to compliment the floor tile
AFTER: The new shower, with accent tile to compliment the floor tile

 

AFTER: The details make the difference, especially in a small space

IMGP2836 The details make the difference, especially in a small space