Our customer purchased her eighty year old Belair-Edison row home overlooking Herring Run Park in 2003. After doing a small slate job for the customer in 2004, she called back in 2005 with a list of improvements she wanted to make.
Our customer purchased her eighty year old Belair-Edison row home overlooking Herring Run Park in 2003. After doing a small slate job for the customer in 2004, she called back in 2005 with a list of improvements she wanted to make. Among the improvements she contemplated making was the renovation of the original outdated bath. Our customer's son has several health problems; therefore, making the bathroom safer was a top priority. The original tub was a corner tub with one rounded exposed end, which served as both the shower and tub. The bathroom was also cramped, dark and lacked adequate storage. One obstacle to any design was the chase for the flu and waste pipe that abutted the back wall of the bathroom. Another challenge posed by the placement of the new tub, was that the owner wanted to be able to look out the window while bathing. Since an alcove placement of the tub was planned with a kneewall on the window side of the tub, the faucet would have been in the back of any bather that wanted a view of the window. We then decided to install the faucet in the kneewall to allow a bather to face the window. Since the kneewall was not the full width of the tub, placement of the shower head in this wall did not make sense, so the shower head was placed in the ceiling. The owner of the property, Ms. Ford, donated her kidney to her son in a successful kidney transplant during this project. She recuperated at her parents house allowing us to undertake the bathroom and major kitchen remodel.
The partition wall between the bathroom and the back guest bedroom was torn down and rebuilt approximately two feet into the guest room. Since the toilet abutted the previous wall, it now had to be moved next to the chase. A very accessible Kohler tub with a curved front was installed opposite the original tub. Two grab bars were installed to allow for safe access. A pocket door was installed to allow for the placement of the tub and pedestal sink without interference. A glass block transom window was placed at the top of the wall between the guest room and the bathroom to allow for more natural light into the room from the guest room window. Ample storage was provided for with the construction of a linen closet next to the tub. The existing radiator was moved and reused in the room as it provides ample heat.
The tile work in the room was very important part of the bathroom’s design. Natural tumbled marble wainscoting was installed on the walls, shower and shower ceiling and contrasting black tumbled marble tile was installed on the floor with black grout.
Two marble shelves were installed in the shower. The ceiling of the shower was tiled to provide a backdrop for a large shower head extending from the ceiling.
Cost and Square Footage
Project costs: under $35,000.00.
The bathroom is now updated, bright and an enjoyable space. The customer's son, who used to not like taking baths, now asks if he can take baths more often. The resulting room exceeded the homeowner’s expectations as it was hard to imagine such a spacious room could be created from the old space by adding only two feet to the room.
David Robinson, Designer; H. Ferguson, Lead Carpenter; Saffer Plumbing; Sippel Electric; David Berkowitz, Tile.
Products included: Kohler Wellworth toilet, Kohler Lakeview tub, Revival Basin with chrome legs, Coralais faucet with cross handles and porcelain knobs. Hy-lite glass block window, Nero Marquino Floor tile, Travertine Chairo wall and wainscoting. Smedbo resort grab bars