Picturesque Family Bath Remodel
Fresh finishes and distinct zones give this shared bath extra function
When a family grows up, their shared spaces have to grow with them. For Betina Simmons and Ian Blaine, that meant revamping their 1927 Seattle house's only upstairs bath to fit the couple and their two tween children—with a minimum of fighting for mirror space and shower time. In the process, they hoped to give it a look both classic and contemporary.
The couple enlisted architect Liselotte Kragh, who gutted the room and devised a new shareable two-part layout. Traditional elements, such as marble hex tile underfoot and schoolhouse lights overhead, blend seamlessly with modern touches, like sleek faucets and angular vessel sinks. The result is a brighter, cleaner-looking space that makes room for everyone. "It's a very peaceful space now," says Betina. "And we're not in each other's hair as much."
Builder-grade finishes lacked charm.
Slab Carrara marble surrounds the tub's top and side and extends up to the windows, where it forms a waterproof ledge. Honed marble hex floors, a marble vanity top, and a custom marble pencil ledge encircling the room give the space a unified look.
Custom vanity: Brian Pope, Bench Dog Cabinets, Seattle, WA; 206-290-5815
Paint: 832 Blue Heron (cabinets), HC-172 Revere Pewter (trim), and CC-20 Decorators White (walls); Benjamin Moore
Updated windows are energy efficient but still fit the period look of the Tudor-style house. Sleek touches, like the tub filler, give the room an updated look.
Faucets, tub filler, and showerhead: Hansgrohe
The slim built-in storage cabinet echoes the Shaker-style vanity, stowing towels and toiletries within arm's reach of the shower and making use of available space under the sloped ceiling.
Cabinet pulls, towel bars, and hooks: Rejuvenation
The open floor plan made it tough to share the space—and dated fixtures were a drag.
Architect advice: "Moving storage spaces away from the bath's entrance makes the room feel larger." —Liselotte Kragh, Seattle
Dividing the bath in two creates distinct zones, turning it into a communal family space.
1. Replaced the old drop-in tub with a modern version that's wrapped in marble.
2. Moved the toilet to the far wall, and added a partition wall with a curtain to lend privacy where a pocket door wouldn't fit.
3. Swapped in a custom vanity that has drawers and interior shelves.
4. Removed the old storage cabinet to get some breathing room at the door, then remodeled the shower with white subway tile, marble floors, and a marble-clad bench.
5. Built in a linen cabinet that matches the vanity, with space to store extra towels and toiletries.