Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Our Bathrooms are Finished! (almost)

Our friend Robin has done all of the work to make 2 of our bathrooms just the way I wanted. They were original in the house and were both very offensive. The master bath was the worst not just because of the pink toilet and sink, but because shower with permanent black stains on the base and pink swirled walls that resembled mold. We have lived in our house for over 2 years and have not had the pleasure of taking a shower in the master bathroom until very recently. Robin had to completely demolish the room down to the studs. He spent endless hours working to make them look better than I could have imagined, while I dedicated my time to studying bathroom design books to help with creating the look I wanted. We make efforts to use water saving products and patronize local business and not Home Depot as much as possible.

Here are some before and after photos of the master bath.

Notice the oak toilet seat and the general ugliness?

For the new bathroom I wanted to go with a classic look with some modern touches. I decided on white hex tile for the floor and subway tile for the walls, both of which are seen in bathrooms from the early 1900s. Also classic is the pedestal sink and style of the fixtures. To make it look modern and fit in with the rest of the house, I wanted to add the blue accent tile and glass shower door. Our favorite part of this bathroom is the bench in the shower!

As soon as the master bath was mostly finished, Robin got to work on the main (guest) bath. It was at least functional before, but not much better looking that the master. We had turquoise toilet, sink and tub. The shower and vanity counter was lined with fake marble and the whole room was really dark and dated looking.

For this one, I wanted a little bit more of an organic, modern, earthy look. First Robin put in a sky light to bring in more light. He also added lights in the shower and in the display cabinet. I went with slate tile on the floor and shower walls and maple cabinets and trim. The counter is a reddish colored quartz to match the rust in the slate. The back splash is a combination of small slate and glass tiles. My goals was to make it look modern, but hopefully not dated in a few years.

Here is Robin finishing up

I loved this faucet from American Standard "Green Tea"

The back splash
Both bathrooms have double flush toilets to save water

Next on our list of house projects is a new brick patio with attached dog kennel. Some time before we move we also hope to replace the fence, tile the downstairs hobby room and remodel the kitchen....

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