Re-design of a Mid Century Bathroom

imageSo this is a design job for a Mid Century Bathroom. 1968 to be exact. This young couple just bought their first home and are faced with the main bathroom stuck back in the past. Not only components of the 60’s but some upgrades from the early 90’s as well. They want to honor the design but need a second shower to make this functional.

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For some odd reason there is a niche and cupboard above the tub that you can only use if you are standing in the tub. Everything seems solid, but we need to gut the shower to make it ready for the new tile around the tub and install plumbing to create the shower head.

It has been a process to help them decide on the choices of materials for this update. They needed to pick out tile for shower surround, floor tile, new vanity, paint, counter and sink, lighting and faucets. As with any young couple they want  it to look like a dream photo they have found but with the budget, cannot have the amount or certain materials that they want. It is all about compromise.

I put together some samples after talking with them about their likes and colors. What I got from them was dark cabinet, mosaic tile behind a free-standing or stand alone vanity.  Nickel or pewter colored fixtures, tub to ceiling tile with inset of mosaic tile, dark wood look ceramic floor. Paint that could match all the existing house that the interior has recently been painted. And possibly tiled wainscoting. All this on a rather small budget for materials and labor.

Tub surround, subway which was requested. In almond not white.

Tub surround, subway which was requested. In almond not white.

Mosaic, subway and floor tile in wood look.

Mosaic, subway and floor tile in wood look.

Vanity request, with open shelves for baskets.

Vanity request, with open shelves for baskets.

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After presenting them with photos, samples and cost or materials and labor. Changes happened to get closer to budget and what they really wanted. I eliminated the ceiling lights and wainscoting right off, knowing that the budget wouldn’t support that.

It was decided to eliminate the entire wall being mosaic tile behind the vanity, changed the subway tile surround to a smaller connected tile at a greatly reduced price but still achieve the desired look. Add a larger vanity when presented with photos of one. Also add a feature wall behind vanity with a different paint color, and additionally may add some mosaics above vanity when it gets closer to the finish.

The toilet is newer so it will be reset. Also the client will do the shower demo himself which has begun.

It is fun to see them shopping for materials and changing their minds after seeing different materials when we went to purchase the components.

updates will be coming…….

Hugs,

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Update on Kitchen #2

So here we are, cabinets torn out, ginormous (is that even a word?) island removed. Now that leaves us with a floor that is uneven. It seems when they updated the kitchen the last time in the 1990’s they added plywood to cover the original floor around the new island
The house is a 1978 Ranch. We have found archeological evidence of some updating about every 10 years. So it looks like we are going to peel a few decades away from our girl, and give her a brand new kitchen. This will be her first completely new kitchen, since the disco era! Here are some flashbacks for you of some kitchens from that time period.

Check this one out, harvest gold, dark cabinets. They look so cheap.

Check this one out, harvest gold, dark cabinets. They look so cheap.

Again dark cabinets, harvest gold, and lots of harvest gold vinyl floors!

Again dark cabinets, harvest gold, and lots of harvest gold vinyl floors!

Diggin' this one. It has wallpaper, and Tupperware, bonus a matching washer and dryer. Plus that lovely light fixture.

Diggin’ this one. It has wallpaper, and Tupperware, bonus a matching washer and dryer. Plus that lovely light fixture.

Three Harvest Gold Disco kitchens, circa 1978. Just to give you an idea of what her original look might have been.
She had some small cosmetic work done, such as paint, floors, and track lighting installed when I got her.

I know I want to do a lot of this remodel myself, but I cannot do this alone. The kitchen is odd and small and requires custom made cabinets to pull it off. I have collected magazine clipping for 30 years of kitchens that I liked. I one day a few years back sat down with a pile of magazine pages and finally cut out the inspirations that I loved and pasted them to a vision board. (I might note this was before Pinterest) Boy hasn’t that made that rather old fashioned!

I knew just who to call. My dear friend Frank. I’ve seen his work before and we get along great, plus I can describe most things to him and he gets it. So he looks and measures and asks and sketches. Then goes home on his computer and does some magic and returns with some graphics of what the 2 walls will look like. We fine tune it and both go to work doing our parts. Mine being some demo, and finding a new sink, and islan.
I first start by tearing out the uneven plywood floor, and pantry.

Ripping out 3 layers to the original 1978 vinyl.

Ripping out 3 layers to the original 1978 vinyl.

Wow, so many different layers! But I got them all up.

Here is the pantry. Door is removed inside is already started. Marks and plans underway!

Here is the pantry. Door is removed inside is already started. Marks and plans underway!

If you look real close you can see where the cut in on the drywall for the new opening. But all work comes to a halt! We found 220 wiring above there. This means that this part cannot come out without a lot of added expense. So plans will change.
However we have the floor all leveled off now and back to 1978. I posted this photo on Facebook, some how it made me want to put on a pair on hip huggin bell bottoms!

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And the wires from the old island take up temporary residence on the toaster island!

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This is post sure has a lot of Harvest Gold in it! Stay tuned we have more exciting things to come….

Hugs

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