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Before and After: An Up-To-Date Renovation for a Dated Mid-Century Bath

 The white/gray palette and geometric design is softened by warm, honey-toned custom cabinetry and shelving.   All "After" photos courtesy of Dean J. Birinyi Photography.

The white/gray palette and geometric design is softened by warm, honey-toned custom cabinetry and shelving.  All "After" photos courtesy of Dean J. Birinyi Photography.

This project was a challenge, but oh-so-worth the investment in strategic space planning to achieve a stunning result.  As you can see from the photos of the original bathroom, below, aside from a painted wall mural executed for the benefit of young children several years ago, the bath was cramped, poorly laid out, and had all the original 1959 pink fixtures installed when the home was built.  It's not everyday a designer gets to rip out a nearly 60-year-old bathroom, and I must say, it was very satisfying!  Here's a gallery of what it looked like BEFORE (click on the arrows to scroll through):

In order to achieve a more spacious layout, and to give the daughters of the family more privacy by replacing the separate shower with a closed-off toilet stall, we had to bump out walls in two directions:  first we bumped out the entry wall to eliminate some of the dead space in the hallway so we could get a good-sized custom vanity and a linen closet inside, and we also bumped out the wall between the bathtub and the adjacent bedroom closet to make room for a 60" drop in tub with a tub deck.  Then, we removed the swing doors and added pocket doors instead, giving the space a much roomier feeling.  By keeping the materials light and clean, that also helped give this a much airier and lighter look.  

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Voila!  A more contemporary take on mid-century modern, using organic textures and clean surfaces.  This was a terrific collaboration with fellow designer Darcy Tsung.  We did the design work and materials selections; her team executed.  For more photos of this project, scroll through our portfolio.