I recently had the great joy and opportunity to help a wonderful couple renovate one of their bathrooms. Their new house was from 1898, and last time anyone had done anything to the bathroom was in the 80’s – at least by the looks of it. In order to gain more privacy, one of the two bathroom windows was covered up during this process. Well, at least it was covered up on the inside. You could still see the boarded up window on the exterior. We decided to open it up again, and let the light in. We also decided to get rid of the bathtub. Aaahhh – the SPACE…….!
In order to create more wall space for art work on the bedroom side, we decided to turn an adjacent closet into a linen closet and access it from the bathroom instead. We put the shower in the corner between the two windows, and the toilet behind a little pony wall that separated it from the new closet. This meant that the lavatory and primping area would have to be on the north wall. Only problem was, there was a window there now. Where would you put the mirror?
The answer was laughably simple, yet ingenious if I may say so! Remember those old school desks where you kept books, pens and such under a table top which flipped up? That’s what we did! Not only does the north-facing window provide ample day-lighting, the idea of keeping your battery of bottles, brushes and such in the “desk” radically cuts down on bathroom clutter. To make it extra user friendly, we located one of the electrical outlets inside the desk, in the event of a curling iron or hair dryer. The mirror went on the flip-up lid.
In a project like this, a lot of credit invariably goes to the client. Without their trust, open minds and adventurous spirit, these kinds of off-beat ideas are rarely acted upon. From a designer standpoint, I gratefully accept that these are the kinds of clients that contribute the most to your portfolio. It was a project of a kind I wish I had more of – so very fun!
As for the amazing tile work, the credit goes to Antonio, whose patience and exquisite craftsmanship was a joy and a privilege to be able to watch.