This bathroom is on the second floor, right up the main staircase. It is used by the master bedroom as well as visitors. A complete renovation is in the works.
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Return to done in six months...
Detail of the etched nude figure on the shower door. We had hoped to reincorporate this door into the new shower, but since the glass is not tempered (and the tempering process had a high probability of cracking the glass) we had to do without.
We have saved the glass, though, and are looking for a new use for it in the house in an area that does not need tempered glass for safety reasons.
Detail of the top of the shower door. Unfortunately, we couldn't find a way to fix the door (rechrome) wihout risking damage to the glass, so the frame on the door had to be carefully peeled away and tossed.
This (dark) shot shows the bathroom as it looks from the doorway. The shower is in the back toward the left. After demolition, the shower stall will go along the entire back wall, and the shower door will be placed in front of the window so that the light filters through the glass etched nude figure. A tile bench will be constructed in the shower stall below the window.
Detail of the floor tile. We will be replacing all tile. The main floor section will be an art-deco style black and white basketweave. We are also installing sub-floor heating, which will be wonderfully cozy on the feet in winter.
Detail of the wall tile in the bathroom. This tile was put in by the former mayor in the 1930s (since this was his house). It is also the same tile that was used in a maternity hosptial that was constructed in the area under part of President Roosevelt's New Deal job works program.
We are replacing the tile in the bathroom - the whole right side of the bathroom will be white subway tile up to chair rail height.
This is outta here, replaced by a 1930s reproduction commode with a high back. Dark wood wainscoting up to chair rail height around the back and side wall here, too.
The sink will be replaced by a reproduction 1930s sink console in chrome and white porcelein. There will be dark stained walnut wainscoting up to chair rail height along this wall, an oval mirror above the sink, and two sconces on either side of the mirror.
This is the ceiling as it looks now...we are replacing with regular sheetrock and recessed lighting.
Here is the view from the doorway of the new bathroom. The shower takes center stage with a walk-in extra large stall. Small (3/4") Italian glass field tile from Bisazza in a random blue/green pattern line all surfaces of the shower.
This shower/tile was the second installation, actually. The first shower and tile (a different tile) had major problems with the installation and within 6 weeks we had developed water leaks and damage. The entire thing had to be ripped out back to the studs and re-installed. Thank goodness our contractors are ethical guys who came back and redid the entire project.
This thermostatic shower system is from Vintage Tub and Bath. We love the rainshower head and having the thermostatic valves really helps maintain a constant water temperature, especially in an old house with an old plumbing system.
Detail of the sink, a 1930s reproduction piece from St. Thomas Creations, purchased through Vintage Tub and Bath. The faucet is by Sign of the Crab, while the glass shelf, oval tilt mirror, and two sconces are from Pottery Barn.
The beautiful walnut wainscotting was custom made by hand by our talented bathroom guys. The wood warms up the room nicely, I think.
Also from Vintage Tub and Bath, this St. Thomas Creations Richmond toilet is petite but appropriately art-deco. Above the toilet is an inset in the wall for toiletries. We are still looking for an art print to frame and put on hinges, which will be hung over the opening to conceal the contents.
Magazine rack and other accessories are from Pottery Barn. The tile floor (Ann Sacks tile) has a sub-floor heating system from Warmly Yours, which we are thrilled with. When we redesigned the bathroom we had to remove the only heat source for the room, a bulky radiator. The subfloor heat system seems to do a decent job of warming the room, though.