Remodel in Maplewood, NJ

Early 20th century homes have many appealing qualities—great woodwork, plentiful, large windows, warm hardwood floors and a charm that is seldom duplicated in new construction.  One thing they often lack is ample bathroom facilities.  While functional, the centrally located single “hall” bathroom is not practical for today’s modern family.

This client was burdened with that exact shortcoming in their newly purchased Essex County home.  The solution was to utilize space from a spare bedroom to add a practical, functional, yet stunning master bath.  The remaining space will be used as a nursery, and later converted to a guest room or office.

The new bathroom space was completely gutted.  The exterior walls were insulated and drywalled with moisture resistant Sheetrock.  The shower walls and bathroom floor were covered with cement board, and electric radiant floor heat added before the tile.  An exhaust fan ducted to the exterior ensures moisture stays at a minimum.

The finished product has a large shower with a bench seat, rain head fixture as well as a handheld unit.  A frameless glass shower door (not depicted at the time of this post) will enclose the shower.  A painted vanity with storage compliments the medicine cabinet. The low-profile toilet allowed the full window to remain, allowing natural light.  The shower tile is grey natural stone in a brick pattern.  The floor tile is also grey stone, in a hexagonal pattern.  The deep wall color and wide window and door trim continue the old home warmth into this new bathroom.

The Design Build Planners were hired to create designs for the remodeling project. Retro Bath Makeover built and manged the project.

Below is a before picture and in progress picture of the space:


Below are a few of the CAD done by Jason Parsons, a Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler.

























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