A Low-Cost Stylish Bath

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Entry to Bath
Entry to Bath

This bath uses a combination of inexpensive stock material and custom glass tile to make an attractive Retro statement.  Notice the inlaid glass tile as you approach the bath from the bedroom.  The sink was placed in the corner so that large windows could let in light from two sides.  A simple light fixture and medicine cabinet complement the pedestal sink that was salvaged from another part of the house. 

Simple Napkins Used As Curtains
Simple Napkins Used As Curtains

Window treatments are simple linen napkins tied onto the top of the lower window sash.  [Follow this link for other inexpensive but attractive window treatments.] The maze colored floor tile was picked up at at a surplus building supply shop for less than 50 cents a square foot. 

 

Waterfall Effect with Glass Tile
Waterfall Effect with Glass Tile
Detail of Glass Tile
Detail of Glass Tile

The same tile combination was used to create a waterfall effect in the shower area.  Black iridescent glass tile was used to create a Retro border.  A dark grey fabric shower curtain further frames the shower area.  Again, inexpensive fixtures — tub, toilet, and accessories — make a terrific foil for the touch of custom glass tile.  The homeowner, a glass artist, made this tile.  Other accent materials (mosaic commercial glass or stone tile, for example) could also have been used for a similar effect.

Note the open-front closet to the left of the tub.  Originally we planned a door, but the walls in this old house were anything but square and plumb.  The open front conceals this fact and makes the bath feel much more modern as a result.  Instead shelves wrap around a chase hiding ductwork. 

The trimwork throughout is simple 1×6 stock.  It’s inexpensive, makes a clean statement and looks far more luxurious than more typical clamshell base and casing.

The homeowner laid the tile herself, further reducing the cost of the remodel.  The combination of “sweat equity”, effective use of stock and salvaged material, and just the right custom touches results in a low-cost but very stylish, light-filled bath.

This is yet another example of how we work with our clients to produce luxurious, one-of-a-kind and low-cost modern home remodels.

All images courtesy of Braitman Design/Build
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