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 efficient lighting.
Runner-up, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2011-2012 Renovation Inspiration Contest
Completed project photos by Rebecca Droke