Who: Laura and Jan
What: Main family bath in need of a Reno
Where: 1950's Bungalow in an established neighbourhood
Years lived in: Just bought
It isn’t often that I agree to renovate a space before I’ve ever seen it or before our clients have the keys. When our client Laura and her partner Jan called and sent photos we knew we could make this space much, much better.
This was Laura and her husbands first home together, a charming bungalow in a well established neighbourhood. It had so much going for it but the bathroom wasn’t one of those things. Laura could not stand the space and I didn’t blame her, it was a petite space, but that wasn’t its biggest fault. Bad materials, bad lighting, no storage, old window. You name it- this bathroom had it.
We always start with a design scheme, a visual always helps our clients see through the ugly to the "what could be", this is where we started:
We kept the 1950's period of the house in mind by choosing really classic materials like subway and hex tile. We made it a bit more interesting by using a 2” hex tile and matte white subway tiles.
Laura had towels and a shower curtain she wanted to work with, since we had kept the rest of the scheme really neutral so we could work with the colour from her existing pieces. As soon as I saw the curtain I knew what fabric we needed for the roman blind.
We of course had to present a few options but I love that our client agreed and chose my fav fabric.
Budget was key in this bathroom – the basics of a new bathroom can eat up a budget really quickly so we needed to get creative and work with what we had. Enter the Ikea vanity! Every renovation is about give and take but we definitely did not sacrifice style and substance for budget.
Contracting: McCormick General Construction
Photography: Jillian Schecher