It has been too long since I’ve written about this little gem of a guest bath. Since then, there has been a ton of progress! As a reminder of where we started here is a peek back at the listing photo:
What did we save: we saved the 1) Duravit 1930s pedestal sink, 2) subway tiles
What did we add: we added the 1) Kohler Underscore Bathtub, 2) Ming herringbone Ann Sacks floors, 3×12 blocks, 3) molding to update the subway look including baseboards, finishing molding and a rope detail, 4) updated Grohe fixtures on everything including the sink, 5) Kohler Verdura LED medicine cabinet (built in, for storage). Here is where we are today with some work still remaining:
While initially we wanted to try to save the toilet, we ended up needing to replace it anyways since the original wasn’t the appropriate rough-in size for the space. Compare the traditional Kohler above (10″ rough-in) with the Duravit 1930s style toilet that we replaced, below.
The ming tiles (custom cut 3×12 by Ann Sacks) made a huge difference in overhauling the look and feel of the space.
The rope and finishing molding in addition to the baseboards finished up the subway that was already in place.
There are still a few details left before this bathroom is complete including painting, updating the can lights and potentially adding glass sliding doors to the shower / bath.
The Ann Sacks custom floors will be delivered the first week of May. It is going to be a long haul waiting for them this month! Until then, the floors are making their way on a ship from Hong Kong. The finished product with 3″ overage for the master bath floorpan is as follows:
The orientation is such that the entry to the bathroom is actually at the top right of the image, with the first pedestal sink in that first jog out, toilet at bottom right, second pedestal bottom left and shower top left. The fixtures will all be brass Waterworks and we will be installing two of my favorite Kohler LED Verdura medicine cabinets for great lighting and even better storage.
The custom floors have been in production for approx 4 weeks now and I just got my first peek at them! I misunderstood the timeline and had thought they would be delivered in 4-6 weeks, but both the production process AND shipping EACH take 4-6 weeks. Needless to say, the floors are not here yet!
As a reminder, the rendering of the stones we selected, for our specific floorplan, looked like this:
Production just came back with a swatch of floor for approval before they start to produce the entire footprint. Here it is:
It has a nice neutral look to it, while being bold and forward. It will go really well in this traditional home. The only stone that is missing from this swatch is the rubicon black (stripe), but otherwise this is the finished product.
I’m very excited for these floors to be installed.
The custom Kelly Wearstler floors are in production and will be delivered in 4-6 weeks. You may remember that we initially planned to incorporate a green stone. We ultimately swapped out the green in favor of a striped Zebrino and it looks great. The best way to make a decision on stone, particularly geometric stone patterns, is to look first at the swatches in the showroom and then have the showroom pull the lot photos from the stone yard. The lot photos often look much different than the smaller swatches available in the showroom so it is important to at least see a photograph of them. The current lot photo of Zebrino is below and it is less warm than the swatch would have led me to believe. However, I like it.
The Ann Sacks showroom mocked up two variations to decide between based on the swatches we looked at in the showroom and the lot photos that were ultimately pulled.
The Emperador Dark was an afterthought at the drawing board, but we looped in this brown-striped option and decided to have it mocked-up by the Ann Sacks team.
The brown stone was beautiful and has so much variation!
Rubicon (black) stone stripes
The black stone is a classic match to the Calacatta Oro, Zebrino and Travertino Red.
We ultimately decided on the Rubicon stripes, my original instinct and a classic choice that will pair nicely with the brass finishes. The stone samples above are all current from the current lot. When comparing to the showroom stone boards, the difference between the Zebrino current lot and the Zebrino swatch above is particularly noticeable to me. Overall, contrast is what makes these geometric floors awesome and you almost cannot go wrong in mixing and matching stones, so pick the stones that you gravitate to and go with it! I never planned to have orange stripes but I loved the color and feel of this stone in person which is why we leaned into it and made it a material part of the project.
The master bathroom demo is underway and all floors and the privacy wall have been removed. The master bathroom previously had hex tiles and a very traditional look and feel with 1930’s style fixtures that will be kept.
All fixtures will be replaced with Waterworks unlacquered brass Highgate and Easton Classic fixtures.
The hand shower will be removed and an in-wall shower head will be added. The fixtures have been delivered as we wait for the ceramic trim and baseboards to arrive with medicine cabinets, lighting, ceiling fan and geometric floor design to be ordered.
The master bathroom is all white subway and hex tiles, similar to the guest bathroom. While the subway walls will remain, we opened up the space by removing the privacy wall and will completely replace the hex floors. Here is the master bathroom today:
I’m working on custom color choices with the Chicago showroom and have begun to narrow down our choices. Initially we narrowed down to Chinese Verde Luna, Travertino Red, Calacatta Oro and Rubicon. When the lot samples arrived the Verde Luna was brighter than I expected so we went back to the drawing board to look at more samples.
There are three boards of colors to choose from for custom Kelly designs at Ann Sacks that give a broad array of options for different looks and styles. Here is the full spectrum of color choice – it is a great selection with some beautiful stones.
Each stone can either be polished or honed, adding to the choices, but today we decided to lose the green stripe, pull in the Travertino Red stripe and incorporate the warm and neutral Zebrino stone into the design. The stones will be a mix of polished and honed.
These color selections have been sent back to the Ann Sacks team to be mocked up for production while the bathroom demo is underway!
The bathroom demo has begun and our crew is in the process of removing the sinks, toilets and floors from these tiny bathrooms so a bathtub can be installed and new floors can be put down. It is a bit messy for now, but progress is being made and I’m excited to share the results.
The Duravit 1930’s pedestal sinks will be updated with new faucets and drains, and replaced back where they came from.
This tiny bathroom will receive a new Kohler Underscore tub, 60″x30″ that will be tiled up the front and across the floor with a herringbone 3″x12″ Ming Green custom cut polished stone from Ann Sacks. The tile will compliment the Bird & Thistle wallpaper in the adjacent guest bedroom. Since Grohe fixtures were already installed, we will save the expense of updating the entire system by sticking with the Grohe brand for the guest bath, with the exception of the hand shower which will be a more traditional Brizo piece.
All of the fixtures were purchased in the chrome finish. I found a perfect match for the subway tile and will install ceramic pencil tile and chair rail in addition to ceramic baseboard.
The floors will be tiled in a chevron Ming Green stone that will continue up the front of the bath. I am most excited about these floors!
This bathroom is teensie. Let’s flash back to the listing photo:
Here is the bathroom today:
The bathroom is nice, but it doesn’t have a tub and the floor tiles are not our favorite, so I will change them when we add the tub. The shower hardware is mixed brands and even has two “hot” knobs instead of one hot and one cold (why did that happen!?). We will keep the sink and toilet to save some money on this project.
I will be working in a space that is 6’1″ x 4’10” at its longest points.
And I will be fitting in a bathtub.
We have started shopping for tiles and I’m tired of the all whites and grays. I am really working on getting away from what we’ve been seeing and selecting different things for this home.
Here are some different tile patterns that I liked at Waterworks (with different color schemes):
We will add a better vanity and have already removed the existing mirror and shelf. I will be selling everything that is salvageable on Ebay and Chairish.
There are two medicine cabinets that I think are great for this space. The Astoria Medicine Cabinet from Restoration Hardware has a 1930’s look and is $455, or $364 for members for the polished chrome. It is 18 1/4″ wide x 30″ tall.
Instead of replacing the toilet which is from the Duravit 1930’s Collection, we have ordered the soft close cover and will keep it and the matching pedestal sink.
To replace the toilet and sink it would cost $1,500+ so we are keeping the budget lower by keeping. However, we will replace the sink tap and drain.
We will be replacing all of the sink and shower hardware, adding the bath filler and tub, re-tiling the floors, replacing the toilet seat and adding a medicine cabinet. My next step is to have my plumber price out this work and confirm that we can fit a 60″ bathtub in the space!