Bathroom Remodeling: Classic, Yet Kid-Friendly

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Sometimes the size of a room isn’t the issue, it’s how it’s arranged. A bathroom remodeling project could help! At Jess and Fran Ryan’s early-1900s house, in Summit, New Jersey, the bath shared by their two young children was big enough. But with a single pedestal sink, a toilet wedged between a wall and the tub, and no storage space, the room wasn’t working to its full potential. So the couple enlisted designer Tracey Stephens to rethink the space.

Taking advantage of the existing nearly square footprint, Stephens swapped the tub and sink locations, freeing up room for a double vanity and for added clearance around the toilet. Shifting the doorway 22 inches created space for floor-to-ceiling open shelves and put the tub in its own alcove. Starting from scratch gave Stephens the freedom to concoct a look that’s both classic and contemporary. As she puts it, “The Carrara marble, polished chrome, and subway tile make it traditional, while the mosaic-tile border, frameless medicine cabinets, and bold orange paint make it modern.” We call it a forward-looking environment for young ones in an older home.

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Mix of Mosaic and Basketweave Tile

An inset of mosaic tile—a mix of glass and marble—over the tub matches the border that rings the room. Its tones of gray and white complement the marble basketweave floor.

Open Towel Storage

Open shelves neatly stow towels and toiletries within easy reach without adding another door swing to the room. An adjustable showerhead helps kids take bathtime into their own hands.

Light, Bright Elements

Narrow frameless-mirror medicine cabinets and a trio of sconces keep the room feeling light and bright

Modern-Style Sink

A round shape gives the undermount sinks a modern look. Ergonomic lever-style handles are easy for small hands to grip.

Retro Glass Knobs

Barrel-shaped glass knobs offer retro style in a streamlined silhouette.

bathroom remodelingFloor Plan After: Rejiggered for Space

Swapping the sink and tub made room for a double vanity. Moving the doorway opened up space for floor-to-ceiling storage shelves.
1. Kept the toilet where it was, but gave it an extra 5 inches of clearance on the vanity side to meet code.
2. Shifted the door 22 inches to free up space for built-in shelves. Forgoing a closet door helped preserve an airy, open feel.
3. Put a storage-rich double vanity—made by joining two single ones and adding a custom top—into the old tub’s spot.
4. Installed a 5-foot tub in the former sink alcove, below an existing skylight, and centered the small window over the end of the tub. -This Old House

Interested in bathroom remodeling? Contact Medina Exteriors today, (330)591-4040


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