Southwestern – Bathroom Renovation
|Project scope||Complete demo down to wallpaper|
The owners of this single-family, two-story colonial house in West University of Houston were looking for an updated bathroom with clean lines. Being in their late 60s, it was also important for us to design the room with aging-in-place in mind for convenient usage for many years to come. The result was ‘new all the way through,’ including a new shower, new vanities, new tub, new tile, new lighting, new paint, and even new vent fan.
A wide view highlights the glamorous new look, courtesy primarily of the combination of large format, non-slip tile in offset pattern and marble shower walls, tub surround and bench side wall, and vanity backsplashes in varying herringbone patterns and sizes. Polished nickel fixtures throughout replace the gaudier gold elements with modern accents.
With their charcoal color, the new, custom-fabricated separate vanities offer the perfect contrast to the soft color palette of the other decor. They’re topped by a marble countertop and backsplash in the smallest of three sizes of herringbone pattern used in the room. The embossed faucet handles are Kohler’s Pinstripe model.
The new freestanding tub features a Roman tub faucet (in which the handles are attached to the deck of the tub instead of the bath itself) with attached slim-profile handheld shower head. Mounting the plumbing behind the tub gives the area a clean look, instead of a busy one.
The new shower is a marriage of elegance and universal design, with its curbless shower, bench, and handheld shower head, in addition to the fixed shower head. The cleaner and more hygienic barrier-free shower is made possible by a linear drain at the end of a gently sloped floor, which keeps the water inside the shower.
Matching the other new cabinetry, the updated tower cabinet now boasts a custom marble counter in the middle for displaying decor or granting easy access to items that would otherwise have to go in drawers or on the vanity.
Over the toilet room window lie the same silk organza Pirouette shades as the rest of the bathroom. These shades allow for clean lines, variable light control, and the ability to be raised completely into the headrail for a wholly unobstructed view.
The gorgeous prefabricated cabinetry is installed as replacement overjohn cabinets, helping maximize space and serving as the perfect spot to store linens, toiletries, and more.
- The shower bench incorporates hidden shampoo niches on both the interior and exterior, making for easy accessibility but keeping a clutter-free appearance. The inside backs of the shampoo niches are tiled with the matching darker liner used in the border, a nice touch visible only to the tub user.
- The lever-style faucet handles on the vanities remove the need to pinch, grab, or twist them, an important part of aging-in-place design.
- The fluting of the pilasters on the vanities coordinates with the fluting of the polished nickel drawer pulls.