Upsized and Unified Master Bath with Period Style
A spare bedroom turned dressing area offers a spot for a new master bath with an old-house vibe
Historic charm often ends at the bathroom door. It certainly did at Roger Nyhus's 1906 home in Seattle, where the bath was a showerless space with, as he says, "only enough storage for a toothbrush." What he craved instead was "a spa-like sanctuary where I could get centered in the morning and wash away stress at the end of the day." And while Roger wanted to respect the house's history, he didn't want to compromise on features like a large tub and a separate shower.
Designers Mike Freeman and Kim Clements found space to spare by converting the existing master bath into a walk-in closet and commandeering an approximately 15-foot-square bedroom turned dressing area for the new bath. Working around a large window, they placed a double vanity and a shower on one wall perpendicular to it, and a freestanding tub and enclosed commode opposite them. A deep soffit above the sinks creates an alcove effect, and tile "rugs" divide the room into stations. "The tile rugs make it especially homey," Roger says. "I've never walked in and felt it was too big. It fits me perfectly."
A marble vanity top and backsplash evoke an old-fashioned washstand, complete with wall-mounted faucets.
Paint: Farrow & Ball's Off White No. 3 (walls), Green No. 75 (cabinetry), and Wimborne White (trim)
Custom cabinets: J.A.S. Design Build
Shaving mirror: Waterworks
Faucets, tub filler, showerheads: Hansgrohe
Vanity sinks: Lacava
Towel ring, hooks, and pocket-door privacy set: Rejuvenation
Vanity and medicine-cabinet knobs: Restoration Hardware
Can lights are tucked into a soffit over the sinks, which creates a sense of enclosure. Sconces at head height (previous slide) eliminate shadows.
Lighting: Visual Comfort; Circa Lighting
The water closet gets natural light—and a little historical appeal—from a leaded-glass interior window, or relite, in a pattern that echoes the sidelights flanking the front door.
Relite: Seattle Stained Glass
The thoroughly modern new bath features separate bathing, grooming, and lavatory areas, as well as ample natural light.
1. Closed up two doors to create a large shower with a frameless glass enclosure.
2. Added a pocket door leading to the rest of the master suite to eliminate a door swing.
3. Built an enclosed water closet, fitted with toilet, bidet, and corner sink.
4. Placed an 8-foot double vanity with three medicine cabinets to the left of the large window.
5. Installed a freestanding tub near the other window for natural light.
6. Put a wainscot-high linen cabinet in the corner opposite the sinks.