Thursday, February 25, 2016

Classic Tudor Bath gets a Vintage Inspired Update

In the Hill Top neighborhood of Denver, our long time clients moved into a picturesque Tudor style home. They have been working hard to update the house while preserving the character they fell in love with. Over the past year, they have enlisted the help of Interior Designer, Corinne Ekle, to update a few rooms while maintaining the integrity of the Tudor style. With so many projects happening simultaneously, the basement bathroom is the first one ready for its close-up!

Basements are challenging to design for. Lack of light, space, and design details leave them left untouched by so many homeowners. This homeowner was determined to make their basement bathroom light, bright, and new with a vintage twist. Between Ekle and the homeowner, a concept was developed to create a vintage inspired bathroom with modern updates.
You can see in the before pictures that the space was very different. In fact, it was half the size! A wall was taken down and opened into a closet that was directly behind the existing bath. The hallway opening on the backside also had to undergo construction to be closed off. From the ground up (literally down to the dirt!) new foundation was poured and walls were put in place. A new window, plumbing, and electrical was important to update as well while remodeling was in progress. The only wall left untouched was the ceiling with exposed plumbing. It was important to keep the pipes exposed to add character to the newly designed space.

Exposed pipes on ceiling
Ekle wanted to add as much character to the space without overwhelming it. She designed white and moss green subway tiles to run along the furthest wall and into the shower itself. The lines lead the eye from one end of the room to the other. A frameless glass panel offers unobstructed views of the tile giving the impression of a larger space. To cap off the eye pleasing stripes, white subway tile climbs up the ceiling giving a clean slated look in walk in shower. Benjamin Moore paint was selected in a similar shade as the moss green tile to complete the color palette. It creates a beautiful background that is both modern and vintage.

The moss green wall color creates a beautiful background for the vanity that was actually an old chest transformed into what you see today. Ornate wood details and iron pulls compliment the Tudor style of the home. To modernize the former chest, Cambria quartz was placed on top in white. The same Cambria quartz can be seen as the bench top in the shower as well. An ornate, wood mirror above the white countertop finishes off the space beautifully.

White mosaic tile was laid on the floor (not pictured) hinting at a vintage era. Oil rubbed bronze fixtures and lighting also blend the old and new world throughout the space. Clean, architectural lines were chosen for the Kohler toilet in a white to compliment the white subway tile and mosaic floor tile.

This bathroom really encompasses the direction the home is taking; modernizing while preserving the character of the home. It has been such a pleasure to see a transformation being done with such thought and respect for design, new and old.

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