Bath­room Aes­thetic

Old House Journal - - Kitchens + Baths - By Pa­tri­cia Poore

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).

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