Hey all, it’s Ginny here with a sneak peek intro to a bathroom project we’ve been working on at the Silver Lake Hills Home. For those who are new to the blog/this project I’ve added a few after photos (below) of what EHD has done in their house so far, to give you an idea of what the rest of the space looks like.
This is their master bedroom which Emily and Orlando worked on eons ago but still looks so good today. They’ve hardly changed a thing in here and this dresser vignette is always a go-to one of mine when styling out dressers. The new bathroom is going to be the en-suite for this room which you’ll see from the photos below. They currently have one bathroom between the family of 4 (and their kid’s are now teenagers), so they loved the idea of not having to fight for the shower first thing in the morning (and we agree).
We completed their kitchen last year and it makes me so happy looking at the photos. They love bold color and pattern so we really “went for it” in here with the floor tile.
The office turned guest room is another Emily & Orlando project starring the cutest, most sweetest puppy ever (aside from my own two of course).
The wallpaper in their dining room has been discontinued which is such a shame because we get questions about it all the time – it’s such a classic.
Their family room also got a little make-over too. It’s so bright and sunny it’s no wonder the kids like to hang out in here.
Around the time we were working on their kitchen we gave their formal living room a revamp to make it feel more family friendly and a place they’d want to hang out in.
Once we finish up this new bathroom and their closets we’ll have collectively done most of the rooms in this house. That actually makes me really quite sad because we have loved working with them and hope they’ll think of another project for us to work on, otherwise they might come home one day to find me on the sofa with the pups.
So to get back into the nuts and bolts of the bathroom so to speak. They wanted to add an en-suite to their master bedroom and the only way to do this was to build into their existing closet and crawl space under the house. (The house is upside-down with the bedrooms below the living spaces). So we were essentially building two new rooms completely from scratch.
Their house is late 1930’s and the bedroom has a slight regency style to it, so we wanted to fuse that with a traditional/deco vibe so that the flow would be cohesive. Our first thing was to add a really special floor tile in here so we worked with New Ravenna who have some stunning marble mosaics. The space is fairly petite (for a master bathroom) so along with the decorative floor tile we wanted to add some interesting detail to the wall and loved the idea of adding moulding. In order to get extra light in there, we proposed adding one large mirror above the vanity which will give the illusion of the room being more spacious and reflect light.
We pulled together two mood board options showing our direction. The first – our preferred – shows a custom colored vanity (the one pictured is off the shelf, I just changed the color to give a visual to the client) with the wall in a tonal grey. The marble flooring could not be more perfect for our client’s style, it’s like it was personally made for them. By doing a custom vanity it would give us the option to source beautiful stone for the countertop and backsplash. We proposed polished chrome plumbing fixtures since that’s what they have in their other bathroom and powder room. They have a slight bevel / hex shape to them which spoke to the pattern detail in the flooring.
The second option shows an off the shelf vanity in white with the walls being painted in the blue color. The upside of this is that it would be cheaper than custom, but being that most pre-made vanities come in standard sizes it would be slightly smaller than our given wall dimensions. Another downside is that they only come in certain colors, usually black, white or grey and then some do come in wood finishes. We’ve used pre-made ones before and for an affordable solution they really are great. One way to spruce them up is to switch out the hardware for a slightly more custom look. For both options we proposed a simple white subway for the shower walls, that would help to keep the costs in check and let that lovely floor tile be the star of the show.
- Custom cost of the vanity $2280 (install included) plus $1065 for the stone. Total $3345. That does not include cost for fabrication and installation of the stone as that was included in the overall construction cost.
- Off the shelf vanity total $1400. That does not include the cost of installation but does include the stone.
After presenting the mood boards to them they decided on a custom vanity, mainly because they would benefit from it being slightly bigger and allow them to do a custom color. They initially wanted a double sink but due to the space restrictions we opted for a larger single basin. That way they get a decent sized sink as well as a good amount of countertop space. We proposed adding moulding to the front of the drawers and doors (sneak peek below) and have the whole thing sit on legs (as opposed to a base plinth) so that it feels more like a custom piece of furniture.
This is my crude sketch that we gave them to work off. The carpenters use this as a guide to create their own working drawings that are more accurate and something for us to approve before they constructed.
I drew up some elevations to show what we are thinking for the moulding on the walls, and especially how we treat the vanity wall (in case anyone notices, this was drawn up before we decided on the custom vanity route). There is still talk of adding a window above the mirror but they want to wait and see how it feels in there before doing so. It could be a costly decision that isn’t really necessary. From an aesthetics point of view we think it will look best without, but also understand the desire for natural light in a bathroom.
The left doorway (above) was their existing master closet entrance that is now being used to access the bathroom. The mirrored door (on the right) is their original closet door that they are reusing for the new closet. We got a vintage 1920’s door for the new bathroom that is almost identical to the closet door (without the mirror). We just have to decide on hardware for that next.
Probably the most boring, unattractive progress shot but interior design isn’t always that glamourous. Side note: I actually love this part of the job. Double side note: Can you see the mistake in photo #1? Plumbing? The contractor somehow forgot we were only doing 1 sink so installed the plumbing for two. Oops, luckily an easy fix.
And this is where we’re at as of yesterday. Tile is in, vanity is in. We have the stone being installed today and the painters are on site. The plumbing and electrical will be getting installed this week too so we’re almost there. If you hadn’t already guessed it, the space left open in the wall tile is for a stone corner bench. It won’t be long until this space it finished and we can shoot and post it for your eyes to feast on. I think this on is going to be a good one!
I’m sure some of you are dying to know how much this renovation cost. Other than materials we didn’t actually get involved with estimates for the construction, that was something between the client and contractor. With our client’s permission I will gladly explain the costs in depth in the final reveal.
What do you think so far? Let us know if you have any questions about the space or the process in general.