A light-hearted Victorian Revival example draws from fancy hotel powder rooms. The 19th-century house in Washington, D.C., did not have enough bathrooms. The solution upstairs: Divide an extra bedroom to create both a large master bathroom (shown here) and a smaller one to serve another bedroom. A few structural fixes came first, including hinging the door on the outside of the casing to provide clearance for the toilet, and adding LVL beams to shore up the heavy marble floor.
Because the windows face the brick wall of a neighboring house, framed antique stainedglass window panels were added to block the view and provide privacy while admitting daylight. The fun was in specifying Victorian treatments. Adding these bathrooms didn’t come cheap, the homeowner admits. But she had thought about the project for 20 years, collected some nice pieces, and decided to “go for it.”
The shower has Carrara marble wall tiles embellished with a diamond-pattern listello. Marble also appears in the thick countertop and backsplash of the double console sink. The Renaissance Revival mirror, from a mantelpiece, was already part of the owner’s collection, which also included the crystal chandelier and large Victorian wall brackets (sconces).