I am so excited to share a bathroom remodel project I recently completed. This “project share” will also be the start of a series on bathroom remodeling. Each week, I’m going to share tips on planning a bathroom remodel. I’m going to help you understand the costs of remodeling and the benefits of using a designer versus going to a showroom or a big box retailer. I’ll also be doing some mini-posts on current trends in bathroom design.
The clients are in the early to mid-60’s and were very concerned with designing with aging in mind. In the design world, this is called “aging in place”. Like most people, they wanted to avoid a “clinical” look. They were interested in a traditional look that would be in keeping with the 1950’s cottage style of their home. The client was interested in a muted blue, gray, and green palette.
The clients had replaced the original vanity with a temporary vanity unit because the original vanity was in poor shape. They wanted to replace the vanity with a pedestal sink and add either wall or tall cabinets for storage. The bathroom is approximately 5′ x 7′ and expanding the size was not possible due to structural issues. The clients desired a walk-in or curbless shower, which would give them ample barrier free floor space for turning in a wheelchair or walker, if needed in the future, which also meant we needed a 32″ door opening, at minimum. They also wanted grab bars in the shower and and a secondary source for heat – either through heated floors or a heat lamp – and they were concerned about their ability to keep the tile clean. And, like most clients, they wanted to keep costs as low as possible!
The final design was beautiful! The clients absolutely love the look and functionality of the bathroom. The shower is completely barrier free and with the wider pocket-style door they will be able to maneuver a walker or wheelchair, if the need arises. The flooring is finished in marble-look, skid-resistant porcelain tile. The shower surround is in a white subway-style tile with a 50% offset for a traditional look. The original tile was blue with a white band, which was typical of the homes built in that period. I wanted to give a little nod to the period, so I added a complimentary blue mosaic tile band. The wall color is Tradewind by Sherwin Williams and the clients loved it so much that they also used it in their bedroom.
The fixtures and grab bars were all in a polished nickle or chrome finish and do not look “clinical”. I added cabinets above the sink and toilet for storage. I opted for the wall cabinets because a Tall cabinet would have created a floor level barrier and would have eliminated some of the available floor space. Check out the after photos below. What do you think? Leave me a comment below.
My next post will be a mini-post on tile trends. If you’re interested in having Paradigm Interiors help you plan your next design or remodeling project schedule your free design style consultation here. And don’t forget to get your copy of my e-Book “3 Biggest Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them” here.