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A vibrant yet serene bath remodel

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Glass Countertop as Centerpiece

The Glass Countertop is the Centerpiece of the Bath

We just completed an unabashedly modern bath in this 1864 row house in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in Washington, DC.  The bath had been allowed to deteriorate badly (see before image at end). 

Glass Countertop Is A Dramatic Centerpiece:  The centerpiece of this bath remodel is a custom glass countertop with integral glass sink.  The unit is very large – the countertop measures 88” long with a sink formed as part of the countertop that measures 28” x 15” x 6” deep.  The glass — 3/4” thick – has been sandblasted on the back.  The glass is standard float glass – like what you have in your windows.  We don’t see the green tint unless you look at the glass on edge or you sandblast it as we’ve done here.  The glass is raised 1/2 “above the vanity with chrome standoffs (the round discs you can see through the countertop in the image below).

Wall-mounted soap and cup holders help keep clutter off the countertop – as does the large 52” high 8” deep cabinet above the toilet. 

Extra Large Glass Sink

The Custom Sink is Large & Deep

Roomy, Light-Filled Shower:  Large format (12” x 24”) porcelain tile used for the backsplash and for the shower almost perfectly matches the tint in the glass.  The tile has slate blue and grey veining which is repeated in the grout color and the custom grey stained cabinetry. 

Light-Filled Shower

Light-Filled Shower

The Shower measures 48” x 36” and features a multi-function shower head and 2 body sprays.  My client can use just the shower head, just the body sprays or both.  A recessed niche has separate shelves for soap and for bottles.  The l-shaped end wall allows the bather to see the window and helps the long, narrow room feel more porous. 

A corner bench and end grab-bar makes it easier for my client to wash her feet or shave her legs.  The shower pan is a solid surface material. 

Well-Fitted Shower

Well-Fitted Shower

 

Vanity with lots of drawers for storage. 

The custom vanity is 57” wide with 6 drawers.  It size and spare lines are quite modern – and it certainly pushes the boundaries of what’s feasible.  The top and middle drawer boxes are cut out around the sink basin and plumbing.  The selection of drawer pulls continues the modern lines but also helps make opening these large drawers effortless.  
 

Custom Vanity with Lots of Storage

Custom Vanity with Lots of Storage

 

A Modern Jewel Set in an Historic Home.

Notice the 5” wide original moldings around the door and window.  The scale and details work well with the modern lines of the new bath.  We restored the transom over the bath door but replaced the original flat panel door with a frosted glass door with sticking that matches the sticking in the original flat panel door. 

Modern Lines Within Historic Framework

Modern Lines Within Historic Framework

 

Several Levels of Lighting

The bath has 5 layers of lighting:
- Two Skylights – one original and one matching new one
- Dimmable Sconces on both sides of the bath
- Low-Voltage Cans to Illuminate the Glass Sink
- Ceiling Lights
- A Dimmable Shower Light

Color Palette

The color palette is at once serene and vibrant.  The main elements of the palette include the green of the glass and the tile, slate from the veining in the tile and flooring and the stain of the cabinetry, white of the fixtures, polished chrome, and red Marmoleum sheet flooring.  The ceiling is a very light violet to complement the greens.  The color palette helps the modern lines blend with the historic home. 

Before Picture

Before Picture - Looking from Doorway

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I'm the owner and principal of Braitman Design/Build. We remodel older homes within the urban and close-in suburban areas of Washington, DC. In addition to our full service Design/Build Practice We welcome small design projects and small home improvement projects. And consult with homeowners across the country who want to design and manage the remodeling process themselves. Finally, my work is informed by my experience as an exhibiting sculptor and designer. I truly work at the intersection of art, architecture and design. Please see for yourself the extraordinary result when architecture, design and art are seamless parts of the whole. Please also visit my sculpture website: www.jackiebraitman.com

2 Responses to “A vibrant yet serene bath remodel”

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    Hi Jackie,

    Another fantastic remodel, and I was shocked to see the ‘Before’ picture at the end of the article after reading through the post and looking at the brilliant pictures. What flooring did you lay down? Would I be right in guessing that it’s some sort of vinyl?

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    Thanks, Peter. The flooring is Forbo’s marmoleum — a linseed-based green product. I like the sheet product (used here) because it gives a clean continuous flooring.

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