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Home Location : Saint Paul, MN
Home Built : 1952
Photographer : Joy Watson, Momento Images

Summary :

This original 1950’s bathroom on the interior of the home had poor lighting, a cramped shower, and outdated finishes. The new bathroom has a large shower with seat, deep soaking tub, great lighting and a lot of storage. To do this the toilet and shower switched locations, with the vanity and tub remaining in their original spots. Brushed bronze finishes, porcelain tile, cherry cabinets, and granite tops all make a dramatic change without the wall configuration changing. This bathroom was given an update that fulfilled all the design goals, increased functionality and embodies warmth and subtle elegance.


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Scope & Objectives

This 1952 homes bathroom sorely needed an update. A small cramped shower, tile wainscot, Formica countertops and two sinks were hated by the owners. This bathroom is on the interior of the home. Previous owners had built an addition on the other side of this bathroom. They removed the window and put a mirror in its place above the toilet. Therefore regaining proper lighting was important.

Our clients wanted their new bathroom to consist of a larger shower with a seat, deep soaking tub, great lighting and a lot of storage. They wanted this bathroom to be a classic, and her personal calming sanctuary.

To be able to fit all of this in, we proposed that the bathroom toilet and shower switch locations. The tub and vanity remained in their existing locations. We made a dramatic change without changing the footprint of the walls.

Details were top on our list. For example, the Bain Thalassa Air tub has a small “rope” detail on the tub skirt. That detail was mimicked by the cabinet maker on the vanity valance. The cabinets are cherry, handmade and finished with natural walnut stain. They have maple melamine interiors and full overlay doors with raised panels. The two top drawers in the vanity have custom dividers to specific dimensions for her makeup.

The vanity, with its granite Topic Brown countertop and ogee edge, custom arch top mirror, and sconces through the mirror, were all executed with detailed collaboration between many trades. The tubs knee walls are wrapped in glazed porcelain tile with a metal rope border that continues throughout the shower. These are capped with granite to match the vanity. All plumbing fixtures are in brushed bronze finish and unite with the burnished copper shower frame. Instead of building the shower wall at the end of the tub to the ceiling, we installed a glass panel in order to make the room feel bigger and allow light to pass through. Recessed ceiling lights throughout brightened this bathroom and in floor heat literally warms it.

This bathroom was given an update that fulfilled all the design goals, increased functionality and is full of warmth and subtle elegance. The client loved what we did so much that the owners signed a second separate contract for us to design and install another full bath in their basement!


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