This Victoria renovation involved two areas– the upstairs ensuite and main floor laundry/bathroom. Fortunately, there was another full bathroom for the clients to use while the others were under construction.
The ensuite layout and square footage were adequate so it was a matter of removing the old, dated fixtures and replacing them with those of a newer, more contemporary design.
Although the ensuite was a separate enclosed area, we retained some of the original wood trims and doors to maintain continuity with the rest of the home.
A fairly neutral large-scale tile with an interesting striated pattern was installed over the newly heated floor and then carried throughout the shower walls. This maintained the flow and visually enlarged the space. The 5’x3′ acrylic shower base with integral seat has wonderfully simple lines and provides ease of maintenance. Thick, frame-less glass with corner shelves also contribute to an airy openness which is a huge improvement over the original tub/shower!
Combining a sturdy, sliding-arm bar unit with a fixed shower head covers all the options including convenience of cleaning and a solid hand hold for stability of movement.
A stunning custom-built stained cherry vanity on tall furniture legs with a slatted lower shelf create the illusion of more space as opposed to the usual cabinet sitting on the floor. It also provides the option of attractive towel storage– very spa like! The granite countertop with matching back splash are beautiful and organic in keeping with this west coast home set on a natural treed site.
Pulling it all together with clean-lined lighting, mirror and warm complimentary paint colour completed this fresh, functional, and inviting oasis.
The original laundry room had an oppressive wall of dark-stained bypass doors dividing it from the bathroom whose shower unit served as a broom closet-totally non-functional and claustrophobic.
We opened the laundry space completely and replaced the redundant shower with a proper storage unit in matching millwork. The remaining bathroom was framed and converted to a powder room.
The clients purchased their new washer/dryer and all other material choices evolved from there. Large, simple, clean floor tiles were installed throughout both areas. A series of efficient ceiling pot lights give the room both task-oriented and general light. Ample bright white mill work and a generous laminate countertop provide a highly functional work space for this active, athletic couple.
A floating natural cherry vanity with above-counter sink maximize the space in the powder room. The clients had a great oval mirror that worked perfectly with the wall sconces and metallic bronze back splash tiles. A warm but slightly greyed paint colour throughout completes the picture– bright, inviting, simple yet effective.