The time, skill and patience that goes into restoring a historic home is incredible and requires plenty of work unseen, well before the colors and decoration can even be considered. There are often strange configurations that may have made sense decades ago, but do not serve the homeowner currently, nor does it offer modern luxuries of a newer built home. But the charm, character and detail of an old home, can not be created out of thin air, which is why many still choose old over new. We were challenged with addressing both the functional and aesthetic obstacles of the second floor of this home, and it is one we enthusiastically accepted. Our goal was to get these urban pioneers relaxing in all of the modern comfort and style a historic home can offer, while maintaining the original charm and emphasizing it’s historic bones.
In the master bathroom, we insisted on nothing less than pure luxury. These homeowners had been living the renovation-life for too long and it was about to finally pay off for them. We kept the original wood flooring throughout, which meant not relocating the plumbing. This kept the shower small, but efficient, and allowed us to splurge on the fixtures and finishes. With double rain and handheld shower heads and a glass enclosure, we were able to check all of their boxes, within the minimal footprint and create some serious visual impact. The clawfoot tub was original to the home and came to life with a refinish and updated fixtures. A new vanity with dark wood and hand carved scrolls gave the perfect contrast against the deep emerald walls. With large windows full of sunlight pouring in, we knew this space could handle the super saturated hues and rich tones.
The guest bathroom got a newer, more modern vanity with a small footprint to open up the entry to the tub and shower. The built-in storage was handy, but needed to be freshened up and finished with doors, to house the riff raff of bathroom clutter. We added a new open linen tower, to display the crisp white towels and take advantage of the nook behind the door, once allocated for a vanity. Finished with a coat of retro mint paint, this bathroom was now bright and clean with plenty of storage and space.
The laundry room was generous with square footage, yet not fully utilized. It also served as a pass through space to the 3rd floor stairs. We had some finishing touches added to the roughed-in staircase and created a pony wall for handrail support and division of space. A fresh coat of paint, and the addition of a laundry sink and stainless steel work table made this space feel more intentional and loaded with style and function.