The young owners of this vintage Craftsman
bungalow were in love with their home, most
of whose original design features had been
remarkably well preserved. The main
bathroom, however, was a conspicuous
exception, having been previously
modernized in classic mid-century fashion
with pink and green tile adhered to every
square inch of its walls and ceiling—and even
to its doors!
In the restored bathroom, a restrained
palette contributes to an understated
elegance that is emblematic of the Craftsman
aesthetic. Demolishing two underutilized
closets allowed an awkward tub and shower
to be repositioned, filling the room with
natural light. Details include period-
appropriate tile work and plumbing fixtures,
polished nickel wall sconces, a reproduction
medicine cabinet of quarter-sawn oak, and
cheery yellow paint on the walls and ceiling.
New wood trim frames the door and window,
and is detailed and finished to match existing
woodwork in other areas of the house.
Numerous sustainable design features are
integrated throughout, including added
insulation, a new double-pane window, water
conserving plumbing fixtures, and energy
Completed project photos by Rebecca Droke
Every square inch of wall
surface was covered with
pink and green tile.
The existing shower
blocked most natural
Craftsman Bathroom Renovation
Runner-up, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
2011-2012 Renovation Inspiration Contest.