Project Highlight: Old World Charm in a New Master Bath Remodel

The residential homes in Downtown Zionsville, Indiana have the charm of late 18th/early 19th century architecture, and the remodeling challenges that go along with them. This home in the village area of Zionsville was built in the early 21st century, but still offered its own set of obstacles.

Original bathroom: The home was built in 2001, and was purchased new by the current owner. She bought the home knowing she was going to remodel the master bath. According to the owner, “The design of the master bathroom was extremely poor. It was not an old house with a cramped, out-of-date bathroom like many people have in in Downtown Zionsville. My bathroom had tons of space- it was just not used very well. The floors were carpeted! But I bought the house despite the bathroom.”

Design goals: “I thought that I was competent in interior design, but once I started in on this project, I knew I needed help,” said the homeowner. With the goals of increased functionality and better use of space, while tying in the old-world look of the Zionsville area, our designers worked with the homeowner to create the final layout and look. Although the square footage was large, the shape of the room limited the design options. Creating separate spaces around functionality ended up working best for the client.

Bathroom finish details: The design worked within the original footprint, but required completely gutting the old bathroom. A new enlarged shower was installed with white ceramic tiled walls in a combination of staggered herringbone and soldier stack patterns. The frameless shower enclosure was made out of 3/8” thick clear glass. A brushed nickel finish was used for the plumbing hardware, and granite topped the shower bench and shower half-wall. The new vanity was comprised of white thermo foil stock cabinets, and the countertops were the same emerald- pearl granite that was used in the shower.

One of the design highlights of this project was the new freestanding tub enclosed in a niche area. To keep with the old-world style of the space, the niche was filled with subway tile, installed in a staggered pattern to roughly 60” high and capped with chair rail trim. The new tub was a white Victoria + Albert freestanding York model measuring 69” x 32”, which lent to the antique look of the space. The tub faucet was a Delta Dryden model deck-mounted tub filler with a hand shower in a chrome finish. As a beautiful finish, the original decorative ceiling was left in place.

Final result: The homeowner was thrilled with the result and stated, “I now have a large, stunning shower. The freestanding tub is one of the highlights, though my favorite part of the overall design is the tile work. The remodel completely changed the bathroom, which now uses space well and has beautiful finishes.”

Bringing a designer in to achieve her goals in functionality and style worked well for our client, and could do the same for you. Give us a call at 317-846-2600 or send us an email to make your free, in-home consultations with one of our designers today!

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