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Bath Gallery: Set 43


Photography by Joy Watson of Modern Joy Photography


After Orfield Design

The purpose of this project was to finish the 3rd level of the home as a large multi-purpose recreational room, a separate bedroom with closet (or office), and install this pristine ¾ bathroom to serve these areas, thereby creating a private level of the home for use as a future alternate master or guest suite. Working with existing site conditions and creating efficiency in the proposed layout involved being dutiful in restoring the rooms while incorporating modern amenities. Our clients’ instructions were to reuse as many original materials as possible and, only where necessary, use new or re-purposed materials and fixtures that would complement the historical details and architectural features of the balloon-framed home.

A hex patterned tile floor and tall tile base is carried through into the large shower with marble curb caps and subway brick-patterned walls. This is viewed through a clear shower door with functional horizontal towel bar/handles. Befitting the homes period, we found and installed a custom metal grate for the baseboard vent cover and created a wood frame around it for the base tile to neatly meet.

On every floor the original interior doors, door handle and hinge hardware and millwork such as the tall three-piece base and mitered door and window casing was saved and reused where possible, and any new or missing materials were hand-milled to match. A leaded glass pane was brought to us and we made a frame/jamb/trim and installed it over the bathroom door as a transom. The window in the bath had to be changed per code to tempered glass because it sat so low to the floor and so an insulated Marvin Wood DH Tilt-Pac was installed. To make sure that this looked the same as all the others on the exterior, a separate exterior wood storm window was also supplied and installed. 

The owner purchased their light fixtures from antique stores and had them re-wired for use with our modern electrical. Knob-and-tube wiring, conduit, and surface pull chain wiring was overhauled in conjunction with a major panel upgrade from fuses to circuits. The owners refurbished antique recessed medicine chest and light fixtures sit above the new console sink and carefully placed accessories further capture the architectural minutiae of the era. This layout now works spatially and functionally, gives the clients what they each desire, and includes personal effects and modern amenities while being attentive to the character of the aged home.

Taking a direct quote from the client: “Thanks again, and B.T.W. we LOOOVE our renovated rooms!”

As Featured In:
2011 CHRYSALIS AWARD - Midwest Winner - Residential Historic Renovation

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