Maximized Bath Space: Before

To the rescue: designer Aimee Wertepny, who tweaked the layout to reclaim wasted space without moving plumbing lines. The result is a distinctive room with warm cherry cabinets, vintage-style sconces, and earth-tone finishes that echo details found elsewhere in the period house. Just as important are the larger shower, accented with a panel of bronze penny tiles, the claw-foot tub illuminated by a small chandelier, and the separate toilet room. Says Sarah, "Now it's a quiet, serene place to start and end the day."

Shown: The 1980s bath, with its expanses of white square tile and its clunky spa tub, was out of place in the 1887 house.
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