THE WIFE'S BATH
While the downstairs received the majority of the construction effort, there was a laundry list of things to be done on the second floor, as well. “The home itself had gone through many uses. It was originally a single-family home, but was used as a boarding house for many years prior to the current owners’ purchase in the mid-1980s. The lady that ran the boarding house installed a kitchenette on the second floor that was removed during this remodel as required by building codes,” says Hofmann.
The master bath came next. This 60-sq.-ft. bathroom is described by the family as “the wife’s bathroom.”
Hofmann jokes that her only direction from the homeowners’ for color selections was “not pink.”
“The motivation for the colors and style was to modernize the functionality but keep the charm and feel of an older home,” she says. “The clients prefer baths, but like the option of the walk-in shower.”
It was discussed whether to use the existing tub as a shower, but the clients felt that the high tub height may pose a problem in the future. Keeping the bath and shower area separate was the best decision for them, according to Hofmann.
“The most interesting visual element of this space is the reuse of the existing tub and the period-style plumbing fixtures that were fitted for it,” she adds. The claw-foot tub was refinished and paired with fixtures by Sign of the Crab.
Convenience was the first order of business. This led to the inclusion of beadboard wainscoting that is a low-maintenance PVC product by Azek. Soap niches and small shelves at tub level were added to minimize bath bottle clutter and to keep bath toys from falling behind and under the tub.
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