Home Renovations in PoPville – Vol. 81 – Bathroom

by Prince Of Petworth July 28, 2011 at 11:30 am 41 Comments

“Dear PoPville,

I wanted to share with you the master bathroom remodel we recently finished on our rowhome in Capitol Hill. I attached a few photographs of the original bathroom that was “remodeled” by the previous owners about 7 years ago very poorly. We did some of the work ourselves, but unfortunately ran into a streak of bad luck with contractors whose work we ended up having to fix ourselves and by hiring a carpenter who ended up being great.

Our main goal in the remodel was to keep the bathroom historically accurate, but also incorporating modern elements. We installed one inch hex tile on the floor, 2×6 subway tiles on the walls, and used plumbing fixtures with crossbar handles to keep the historic charm. We had a soapstone shower pan fabricated and surrounded it with marble tiles and a frameless glass enclosure to bring some modern elements into the space. It was important to us to keep original details intact so we stripped all of the original woodwork, cut it to accommodate the new space, and then repainted it. We saved the original claw foot tub that was in the bathroom and will using it in a new bathroom we are creating elsewhere in the house.

The overall cost was around $8,000 with the soapstone showerpan and the glass enclosure being the most expensive. Looking back one thing I would change would have been to do the hex floor in a carrera marble as the white tile gets dingy very easily. While the bathroom has a small footprint, the improvements have made the space much more enjoyable.”

If anyone else has a renovation project they’d be willing to share send a few before and after photos to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com and if you’d be willing please share a rough cost estimate and what contractors/materials were used.

Before shots after the jump.


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